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Chinese herbal medicine is based on concepts of yin and yang and of qi energy. It is the most common form of treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The properties of the herbs are described in terms of their taste, and qualities, such as "cooling" (yin) or "stimulating" (yang). They are used to treat or balance patients who have too much, or too little of these qualities. In Chinese herbal medicine, preparations containing only one herb are very rarely used. Most often, a patient receives a prescription for an herbal formula containing many different herbs. The practitioner determines which formula to prescribe according to diagnostic ideas and methods used in TCM. The formula is selected and customized to suit the patient's traits and symptoms - not according to what ailment or disease they have. This means that the same formula would not always be given to treat a particular condition.