Chinese and Western herbal therapies each have their own unique historical development spanning thousands of years. Most herbal formulas use synergistic combinations of plant substances, though Chinese formulas sometimes include mineral and animal substances (e.g. seashells, insects). Many modern pharmaceuticals are derived from plants, and natural herbal formulas can often be used in place of drugs with far fewer side effects.
These are liquid preparations made by the permeation of sunlight through flower petals into water. It is thought that this process infuses the water with the subtle healing energies of the blossoms. Flower essences are used primarily to treat mental and emotional disharmony, each flower having its own sphere of activity.