How To Take Chinese Herbal Granules

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Chinese Herbal Medicine Granules

Chinese herb granules are a modern method of taking Chinese herbs. Patients love this convenient method that doesn’t require any cooking. Granules are made by decocting whole, raw herbs in water which extract the active ingredients. The water is then evaporated to form a dry powder, adding starch. These granules can be a singular herb or an herbal formula. To take granules, you simply add hot water and drink.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Yields: 8 – 12 oz

Benefits of Raw Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to safely expedite the healing process, strengthen, support and tonify the body. They are effective in not only treating the symptom but also in working to address the underlying root cause of various medical conditions, whether acute or chronic. Individual herbs are combined in order to enhance their actions and effects upon the body. When combined, a unique synergistic formula is created that amplifies the benefits of the formula. When prescribed and used correctly, Chinese herbal formulas rarely cause unwarranted side effects.

What You’ll Need

  • Tea Kettle or Pot 
  • Chinese Herb Granules 
  • Water (Filtered or bottled is best) 
  • Ceramic or Glass Cup


You prepare Chinese medicine granules the same way you would make instant coffee. Though, it doesn’t taste like coffee!  It may take some time to get used to the taste of herbs. Try testing out using different amounts of water to see how you prefer to drink them. 

Instructions for Preparing Your Chinese Herbal Medicine Granules

Granules are typically prescribed 2-3 times a day. It’s important to take herbal medicine at least 30 minutes before eating. This ensures your palette and stomach are clear and your body is prepared. Be sure to check your prescription’s instructions for full details.  

  1. Add water to the kettle and heat until boiling. 
  2. Place granules in your cup and pour about a ¼ cup of the boiling water on top. 
  3. Stir the granules until they form a paste. 
  4. Add warm water to preference and stir to mix. 
  5. Drink and enjoy! 

Alternative Ways To Prepare and Enjoy Chinese Herbs

There are several other ways to cook and take Chinese herbs. Although many patients love taking granules, we know each person has a preferred method. Click the links below to see which cooking technique works best for you. 

Better Health, Naturally

Chinese herb granules are a newer way of enjoying the benefits of herbs that make it easier than ever to unlock the power of the Earth’s natural medicine. Enjoy the soothing practice of taking care of yourself through Chinese herbal remedies by taking granules, capsules, or cooking raw herbs.

Dr. Adam Miramon, DACM, DiplOM, LAc

Dr. Miramon is a Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist who is the Chief Clinic Director & President at Transformational Acupuncture Clinic in Washington D.C. They have devoted their life to expanding their knowledge in a variety of facets from reproductive health, labor and delivery, to Chinese herbal knowledge. Through a desire to better serve patients and practitioners, they founded Transformational Herbal Pharmacy in 2023.

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