Topic: Maximizing the Clinical Efficacy of Granule Extracts: Understanding Dosage, Regional Trends, and Unforeseen Challenges

Concentrated herbal extract powders (colloquially referred to as “granules”) offer patients a convenient, customized option for Chinese medicinal therapy, and their widespread use has impacted practitioners worldwide.  In Asia, the prominence of granule extracts has given rise to a number of new trends in terms of formula composition and dosage.  Despite the widespread use of granules in the West, many practitioners have not been exposed to these modern strategies and consequently remain uncertain about how to dose and formulate prescriptions that are filled in granular form.   This lecture offers a brief survey of some of the emerging clinical approaches seen in Asia, and explores the key issues surrounding granule prescription with regard to dosage, concentration ratios, formulation, and issues with minerals, gelatins, and other problematic medicinals.

Attendees will be encouraged to analyze issues of dosage and other differences between the use of crude herbs and granule extracts, and will be encouraged to participate to clarify any challenging issues.  Learners should feel that they gain a significantly better understanding of how to use granule extracts in their clinical practice. This course introduces the audience to the global trends of granule dosing and formulation, and helps to clarify optimal methods of granule use.

A graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Eric is a fluent Chinese speaker with extensive experience studying in mainland China and Taiwan.  Eric completed a prolonged internship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and he has participated in numerous projects related to Chinese medical translation, NIH research, and TCM politics.  He is the co-author of the Concise Chinese Materia Medica and an upcoming clinical handbook on granules, and he has edited a variety of modern and classical texts.

Eric has a passion for Chinese medical pharmacy, and he travels extensively to study with experts in the field of herbal authentication and quality discernment.  Eric works at Blue Poppy Enterprises as an author, lecturer, and herbal medicine and product sourcing specialist, and in the past he has worked as an instructor and clinical supervisor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California.  Eric is a TCM advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the Co-Chair of International Affairs for the AAAOM, and he constantly has too much on his plate on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.