Custom Formula Price Comparison

Posted by Brian on 5/21/2018

Chinese Herbal Solutions may be the best-kept secret in custom granule formula dispensaries--we'd like to to change that!!

More Herbs and Formulas Added!

Posted by Administrator on 5/23/2015
New Additions in May!!

More Standard Formulas Added!!

Posted by Administrator on 4/4/2015
We continue to add more KPC standard formulas to our selection!

New Herb and Formula Additions!

Posted by Administrator on 2/9/2015
We've added 20 herbs and 12 formulas to our offerings!!

Simplified Granule Dosing

Posted by Brian Anderson on 1/7/2015
The approaches described here make it easy to stay within recommended daily dosage ranges for any herb or formula. Better still, they allow you to quickly work with the ranges to find an appropriate dosage for any herb or formula and to further adjust it for your patient. Click on the link to the right for the blog entry proper, the following is an introduction that just kept growing.... 

I looked at several sources before writing this blog entry, most notably the introduction to Notes From South Mountain, A Guide to Concentrated Herb Granules by Andrew Ellis, and an excellent article written by Eric Brand entitled Global Trends in Concentrated Extracts, which can be found in PDF format at his website on this page: Both of these sources, and some others, refer to a method for dosing that I had not been fully exposed to in my herbal education: the use of a daily total dosage as the point of orientation from which to determine individual herb dosages. In Notes From South Mountain, for example, Ellis writes that “…experience has shown that, for herb concentrates, 10 grams per day (approximately three grams, three times daily) is generally an effective dose. Thus, the prescribed herbs and formulas must be fit into a 10-gram-per-day dose” (p. XIX). This is not as simplistic as it may seem: Ellis goes on to provide much additional information about dosing and the methods he describes form a functional system. He also makes it clear that this system is a reflection of established Taiwanese dosing methods.

Things got more interesting, however, when I looked at Brand’s article—he writes, for example, that  Taiwanese granules are generally used at a dose of around 18g/day in Taiwan, but many practitioners in the US use doses as low as 4—6 g/day. Perhaps the majority of Western practitioners prescribe granules in a dose range of around 6—12g/day, but many practitioners remain uncertain about how proper granule dosing is determined” (p. 9). Brand  also mentions that raw herb packets, which are traditionally decocted and taken as one-day dosages, are often used over two days “in the Americas” (p. 9). He writes that, “Despite the fact that North American patients tend to have a higher body weight than their Asian counterparts, they often consume Chinese herbs at a dosage that is essentially half of the traditional dose” (p. 9).

From all of this I can derive that A: we clearly under-dose in the U.S. and B: the method of working from a daily total dosage to individual herb dosages leads directly to the problem of setting that daily total dosage—4 grams per day? 10 grams? 18 grams?? The methods described in this blog largely reflect what I was taught: to arrive at dosages by looking at recommended raw herb dosages and at the ratios established between raw herbs and concentrated granules. After surveying other methods, I have chosen not to change my ways (and I should probably thank my teachers). I felt, and still feel, that the best information about herb dosages can be found in the classical literature. Why, for example, would we cut dosages in half? Under what auspices would we do this? I can accept that the raw-to-granule concentration ratios are a little fuzzy, but I need to keep the recommended raw dosages, established over thousands of years, as my main points of reference.

The remaining thorny problem is the aforementioned fuzziness: raw-to-granule ratios are not as precise as we might like them to be. Assuming that some small errors will be made in assessing the potency and efficacy of the granules we administer, how should we proceed? This is the best answer I could come up with: according to our own expert opinions based on training and experience. Perhaps the art of arriving at proper dosages has most to do with striking a balance between conservative dosing and maximally effective dosing.