Chinese Herbal Therapy dates back to 2000 BC. Humans all over the planet have used herbs to help with disease. The Shamanic Chinese traditions of that time were not an exception.
Over the past 4000 years, Chinese herbal therapy has evolved and today many herbs and herbal formulation are being examined for specific active constituents that have a measurable medicinal effect on disease. Traditionally however, there is a very specific apothecary of formulations for specific conditions. All Traditional Chinese Doctors learn and apply these same formulas. Chinese herbal medicine is not static however, and many new formulations are being developed to address modern day disorders.