Illustration for Decocting and Taking Chinese Medicine
As one of the naturopathy Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has won more and more reputation. Medical decocting use can be done by patents, Best effect would be achieved with proper ways.1 Decocting appliances:There are sorts of appliances for decocting. The best option is earthen or pottery pot. Metal pot is forbidden for medicine decocting.2 water for decoctingWater for decocting needs to be pure and natural. Water from river, lake and well or purified water is perfect.3 Medicine marinating before decoctingChinese medicine should be marinated in cool water and put in room temperature for half an hour. Then water can fully infiltrate into medicine and useful ingredients can be fully dissolved in decoction.4 Decocting Chinese herbal medicinePut the medicine inside into pot with reasonable amount water and cover the pot. Decocted with big fire till boiling, decoct about 10 minutes. After boiling, stir and then decoct about 25 minutes with small fire.5 Container for decoctionContainers made of pottery, enamel and glass are good to contain decoction, but metal and plastic ones should be avoided. Decoction should be poured out of pot after it is done. Don’t keep it in pot for a long time.6 Time for medicine takingGenerally medicine should be taken 1-2 hours before or after meal. Time should be decided according to patients’ condition. For special case should follow doctors’ advice.