Chinese Herbal Medicine is a large part of TCM practice that has been used for thousands of years. Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used for both internal and external use. If prescribed internally a patient would receive the herbs in whole, raw form, as a tea or in capsules. Externally, a patient could use herbs as a soak, plaster, rubbing ligament tincture or salve. Chinese Herbal Medicine can be very helpful for numerous ailments that are physical or emotional.