By Sherri Taylor, L.Ac.
With all the herbs and formulas we study, how do we choose specifically which herbs and formulas to begin with, so they are not sitting on the shelf for long periods of time before being sold?
As I mentioned in my previous blog, there are specific things you want to consider when building your herbal pharmacy. However, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed with ordering mass amounts of product to immediately fill your pharmacy. Start slow and work up to building it at the pace that will benefit you financially.
I started with a couple formulas in mind that I knew I would use quite frequently with the patient population I treat. I’ve treated infertility and internal medicine conditions within the scope of Chinese Medicine for approximately 13 years now. My first order of individual herbs was based on a couple of main formulas that I knew I would use frequently. I ordered 8-15 herbs to begin concocting formulas for patients. The following is a list of the top 15 herbs I currently use in my practice:
Dang Gui, Huang Qi, Sheng Di Huang, Bai Shao, Chuan Xiong, Sheng Jiang, Fu Ling, Zhi Gan Cao, Chai Hu, Dang Shen, Bai Zhu, Ban Xia, Xiang Fu, Chen Pi, Shan Yao