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Herbs 1- Hierarchy of Ingredients

Formula Composition
STUDY
PLAY
Cheif
principal ingredients directed toward primary disease or s/s being addressed. formula named after it
Deputy
aids chief, directed at coexisting pattern, disease, or s/s
Assistant
aids chief and deputy in treating primary disease, moderates or eliminates harmful effects of chief/deputy; has opposite effect to chief for mixed pattern diseases
Envoy
`focuses action of formula on given channel or area of body
Peasants
harmonizes or integrates actions of other ingredients
Jia
add something to formula
Jian
take away something from formula
Jia Jian
add something, and take away something from formula