Properties: Hot, Warm, Neutral, Cool, Cold
ACRID: disperses and moves.
SWEET: moderates, tonifies, harmonizes, and can moisten.
BITTER: tightens, firms, drains and dries.
SOUR: drains, contracts, astringes and prevents leakage of fluids and energy
SALTY: softens and purges
BLAND: drains dampness and promote urination
Qi and Flavor is a visual reference site for Chinese Medicine Formulas illustrating the qi and flavor (temperature + taste) for the California State Board Formulas.This site includes commentary for each formula: source, symptoms, tongue, pulse, and brief descriptions.*
This website was created by Susan Housand, an acupuncturist and herbalist in Oakland, California. Motivated by curiosity and inspired by the Complete Works of Jingyue, 1st scroll, chapter 11:
There is but one truth for the use of herbs, and it is the mastery over their qi and taste, along with the knowledge of the yin and yang, for even though there exist numerous medicinal ingredients, one will be able to grasp the essence.This can be a tool for clinicians, CALE prep, senior level students, or anyone looking to have a visual reference guide of the taste and temperature profiles for 83 popular (CALE) TCM formulas.
* Bensky, D., V. Scheid, A. Ellis and R. Barolet, Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies (2nd Edition), Seattle, Eastland Press, 2009.