The use of herbs in China, developed over thousands of years, is intimately tied to the balancing energies in the body. Herbs are often used as preventative medicine and taken regularly to build up and strengthen a person’s constitution. The use of herbs is both an art and a science. Generally, they tend to be used more for long-term treatment of chronic conditions than in emergency situations. Herbs are highly regarded in China not only for their curative powers but also for building up energies in the organs and throughout the body.