By Eric Brand
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In recent years, granules have become the most popular delivery form for Chinese herbal medicine in the West. However, while the convenience, portability, and efficacy of granules has revolutionized professional herbal medicine, many practitioners have not been exposed to a systematic discussion of critical issues such as dosage and clinical strategies.
Over the past 40 years, different approaches to dosage and formulation have emerged in Taiwan, Japan, and mainland China. While granule efficacy can be maximized by observing modern clinical trends in Asia, resources that shed light on this subject are few and far between. In an effort to bridge this knowledge gap, Eric Brand has traveled to factories, hospitals, and clinics throughout Asia to research the manufacturing and clinical trends in the world of granules.
In this practical granule handbook for clinicians, Eric covers:
- Effective dosing strategies
- Methods of formula combining
- Common clinical approaches seen in mainland China and Taiwan
- Concentration ratios and their effect on dosage
- Various manufacturing methods and their impact on patient care
- How to set up an efficient pharmacy with attention to good compounding practices
About the author:
Eric Brand, M.S., L.Ac., A graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Eric is a fluent Chinese speaker with extensive experience studying in mainland China and Taiwan. Eric completed a prolonged internship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and he has participated in numerous projects related to Chinese medicine translation, herbal research, and TCM politics. He is the co-author of Concise Chinese Materia Medica and he has edited a variety of modern classical texts.
Eric has a passion for Chinese herbal pharmacy, and he travels extensively to study with experts in the field of herbal authentication and quality discernment. In addition to being the founder of Legendary Herbs, Eric works at Blue Poppy Enterprises as an author, lecturer, and herbal medicine specialist, and in the past he has worked as an instructor and clinical supervisor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. Eric is a TCM advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the Co-Chair of International Affairs for the AAAOM, and he constantly has too much on his plate on both sides of the Pacific-Ocean.