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Creating an herbal pharmacy in your practice has many advantages. It is easy and simple to begin, you can prepare formulas for your patients immediately, you can customize formulas for individual patient needs, and the set up cost is minimal.

What you need:

  1. Two bookcases (readily available at discount stores; preferably in white).
  2. Soft plastic mats of 8 1/2 x 11 inches (for weighing herbs): easily made by laminating 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheets with your own clinic/pharmacy name printed on them.
  3. Funnels: available from discount stores
  4. Long-handled spoons: available from discount stores
  5. Plastic baskets/crates: available from discount stores
  6. Calculators: available from discount stores
  7. 100-200 commonly used single herbal extracts. Blue Light can provide a list of these for you. If you mention that you are setting up an herbal pharmacy, you will receive 20% off your order (if over $250).
  8. A scale to measure the ingredients in a formula. We recommend Kassoy model number SP401 with a capacity of 400g x 0.1g.
  9. A manual capsule maker. Available through Blue Light for $45.
  10. Empty bottles. Blue Light provides a selection of empty bottles:
    • 250cc $0.45/bottle (with cap)
    • 180cc $0.35/bottle (with cap)
    Recycled bottles are free upon availability.
  11. "0"-gauge clear gelatin capsules are available from Blue Light at $8.00 for 1,000 pieces. We also offer vegetarian capsules at $12.00 for 1,000 pieces.
  12. Heat shrink for sealing bottle caps. Available from Blue Light at $5 for 500 pieces.

 

How to Prepare Formulas in Standardized 100-gram Bottles

You may have noticed that Treasure of the East™ formulas come in standardized 100-gram bottles for granules or 50-gram bottles for capsules. Here is how we figure out how much it takes each ingredient in a formula to prepare a 100-gram bottle of granules.

We first add the gram amounts of all the ingredients in the formula to arrive at the prescribed total gram amount of the formula. Then, we divide each single herb's gram amount by the prescribed total to arrive at the percentage of each single herb in the formula; and finally, we multiply the percentage of each single herb in the formula by 100 to arrive at the gram amount it takes each single herb to prepare a 100-gram bottle of granules of the formula.

For example, if the formula calls for

Herb Amount
Niu Bang Zi 12g
Jie Geng 10g
Lian Qiao 15g
Jin Yin Hua 30g
Dou Chi 10g

Add all the gram amounts together to get a total:

12g + 10g + 15g + 30g + 10g = 77g

Divide each ingredient by the total, then miltiply by 100.

(12/77)*100 = 15.6g
(10/77)*100 = 13g
(15/77)*100 = 19.5g
(30/77)*100 = 39g
(10/77)*100 = 13g

So, to prepare a 100-gram bottle of granules for the above formula, we would mix 15.6gm of Niu Bang Zi, 13gm of Jie Geng, 19.5gm of Lian Qiao, 39gm of Jin Yin Hua, and 13gm of Dou Chi.

A word about daily dosage in taking formulas made from concentrated Chinese herbs Based on experience, for formulas with fewer than 15 ingredients, we recommend 3 grams a time, three times a day; and for formulas with more than 15 ingredients, we recommend 5 grams a time, three times a day. (For formulas in capsules, we recommend 3-6 500mg capsules a time, three times a day.)

How to make a formula from single herbs

First check the gram amounts of the formla you need, making sure that they add up to 100g. The add the correct gram amounts to one bottle to get the 100g formula. If the ingredients do not total 100g, simply add the gram amounts of all the ingredients, then divide each single herb's gram amount by the total, and multiply by 100. This will give you the amount needed per ingredient to make 100g. Once the formula is made, we suggest that you seal the cap on the bottle for safety reasons.

 

An example, the formula calls for:

Herb Amount
Niu Bang Zi 12g
Jie Geng 10g
Lian Qiao 15g
Jin Yin Hua 30g
Dou Chi 10g

Add all the gram amounts together to get a total:

12g + 10g + 15g + 30g + 10g = 77g

Divide each ingredient by the total, then miltiply by 100.

(12/77)*100 = 15.6g
(10/77)*100 = 13g
(15/77)*100 = 19.5g
(30/77)*100 = 39g
(10/77)*100 = 13g

Simply mix those quantities of the ingredients to produce 100g of formula.