Table 1

Contents of standardised Chinese herbal medicine prescription

Chinese Pinyin nameCommon nameFamily namePart usedBotanical nameDried herbal daily dosage (g)Percentage
Bai Shao (Chao)Peony (dry fried)PaeoniaceaeRootPaeonia lactiflora Pall.1510.64
Chai HuBupleurumUmbelliferaeRootBupleurum chinense DC.96.38
Chen PiTangerine peelRutaceaePeelCitrus reticulatata Blanco96.38
Chuan XiongSzechwan lovage rhizomeUmbelliferaeRhizomeLigusticum chuanxiong Hort.96.38
Dang Gui WeiAngelica extremitasUmbelliferaeRoot tailAngelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels96.38
Gan Cao (Mi Zhi)Liquorice root (honey-fried)FabaceaeRootGlycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch.64.26
Gou Qi ZiGoji berrySolanaceaeFruitLycium barbarum L.96.38
Gui ZhiCinnamon twigLauraceaeTwigCinnamomum cassia Presl.96.38
Hong HuaSafflowerAsteraceaeFlowerCarthamus tinctorius L.96.38
Tao RenPeach kernelRosaceaeSeedPrunus persica (L.) Batsch.96.38
Tu Si ZiChinese dodder seedConvolvulaceaeSeedCuscuta chinensis Lam.128.52*
Xiang Fu (Cu Zhi)Purple nutsedge (vinegar-fried)CyperaceaeRhizomeCyperus rotundus L.128.52*
Yi Mu CaoMotherwortLamiaceaeTopLeonurus japonicus Houtt.1510.64
Zhi KeBitter orangeRutaceaeMature fruitCitrus aurantium L.96.38
 Total prescription weight141
  • *Rounded up for column total to equal 100%.