Just last week here at Heritage Health, I had an acupuncture patient that was interested in taking a Chinese formula to help with their condition. Typically a regular tablet is prescribed, but in this case, my patient inquired which would be the best way to take his Chinese formula. In fact, there are three different ways: pill (tablets/capsules), powder granules, and raw herbs.
A regular pill is convenient, although it does not allow for customization like the powder or raw forms do. The difference between powder and raw is that powder you would add to warm water and drink, with a raw formula, it must be prepared in to a tea that can take a little time. However, a custom raw formula is not only the most potent, but also the most traditional way to take a Chinese Herbal Formula.