What are Sour Herbs in TCM?
Sour herbs are those that have a sour taste in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). These herbs are often associated with the wood element and the spring season, and are believed to quicken the body and influence the gall bladder and liver. Sour herbs may be recommended for individuals experiencing patterns such as Liver Qi Stagnation or Blood Stasis. They may also be used to help preserve and augment the liver, nourish the blood, and soften tendons and ligaments.
How are Sour Herbs Used in TCM?
Sour herbs are often used in combination with other herbs to create a balanced and effective formula. They may be taken orally as teas, tinctures, or capsules, or applied topically as oils or ointments. Some examples of Sour herbs include peony root, dogwood fruit, and schisandra berry. It is important to consult with a qualified TCM practitioner or herbalist when using Sour herbs, as they may have contraindications or interactions with certain medications or conditions.