The Four Energies Of Herbs
The four energies of herbs are cold, hot, warm and cool.
These classifications are derived from the effects of herbs as originally observed from actual applications by the ancient Chinese. When an herb has proven effective in the treatment of a hot syndrome, that herb is considered to have a cold energy; when an herb has proven effective in the treatment of a cold syndrome, it is considered to have a hot energy. The four energies of herbs can be broadly divided into yin and yang, with cold and cool energies belonging to yin and hot and warm energies belonging to yang.
Since the difference between cold and cool and between hot and warm is only a matter of degree, Chinese physicians are in the habit of using such expressions as "extremely warm" or "slightly warm" and "extremely cold" or "slightly cold."
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