I am a nationally certified Chinese herbalist. Many acupuncture schools do not teach herbology but my school did and that's one of the reasons I went there. At least half of our education there was in herbs. Chinese herbology is vast and it takes many years of study and many years in practice to understand it and use it well. If you are going to take Chinese herbs make sure you find someone who has extensive training as well as years of practice. While Chinese herbs are very safe you do need to know what you are doing to get good results. As far as how Chinese herbs are taken in our clinic, our herbs come in pill form or in powder form. The powder form is a bit stronger per dose and we can mix and match formulas as well as single herbs to customize a formula just for you and your condition. The downside to powdered herbs is that they do not taste very good. Most people can take them but if you have a hard time ingesting bad tasting things you might want to stick with the pills. The pill form is more convenient and there is no taste. However the pills are pre-made patent formulas and cannot be modified.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond