Info – All About Herb Dosages

Wondering how much granulated herbs you should take? Good question! Although they can be powerful, herbs can be seen more as foods than drugs.

The label on the bottle gives you a good guideline as to the dosage but don’t feel like you have to follow them that exactly (but take your herbs responsibly).

The most important thing is to to take a dosage (and when) that feels right for you.

Here are some general rules:

A Big Dosage for Short-lived but intense issues: 3 little spoons (12 capsules) twice a day.

A Smaller Dosage for Lingering low-grade concerns: 2 little spoons (8 capsules).

The above guidelines represent the usual doses. If you don’t much care for reading or thinking too much about it, you’re done. If you want to fine tune things a bit, keep reading.

If you are very sensitive to medicines: start out low (1/2 little spoon or 2 capsules) once per day, and raise the dosage each day. When you get to the point where your concerns are being addressed, you’re good, you don’t have to go any higher than that. This advice is especially useful for those who are taking herbs for something that is induced or aggravated by stress.


Finally, some data for those who are trying to translate doses from a raw bulk prescription such as is more common in China or Chinatown pharmacies. The herb extract powders at Eagle Herbs are 5:1 concentrations. This means that it took 5 kilograms to produce 1 kilogram of extract powder. So, should you get a prescription for 5 grams of an herb per day, we would translate that to 1 gram of extract powder per day.

I’m sure we’ll be adding more instructions to this page as the need arises.


In general, a higher dose is better for symptoms that are short-lived and intense (or “acute”). A lower dose is better for problems that are low-grade but long- lasting (“chronic”). A lower dose can also be better when using a formula as a preventive or to maintain health. If there is a specific issue you’re hoping to resolve, you can take as much as is described on your herb’s label. See below for when to take your herbs in regards to a full or empty stomach.

CAPSULES: Although the number of capsules for a dose may seem like a lot to take, it should be understood that you’re taking the herbal equivalent of freeze-dried coffee as opposed to a drug that would be far more concentrated.

POWDER: As for how you want to get the powder into you, that’s up to you. One option is to simply dump the powder on to your tongue and then wash it down with some water. The other option is to stir it into some hot water and drink it like a tea. Either is fine. Your formula may have a less than desirable taste. If you find the tea is too yucky, just water it down, that usually helps. If you find that this formula is working for you, you might want to do so before your herbs are completely gone. Some problems take longer than one bottle’s worth of herbs to fix, but you should see some improvement all the same within a week or two.

Your formula is best taken: before meals (empty stomach) after meals (full stomach) whenever you like, but you’ll get more efficient absorption if taken between meals. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Do not use if either the seal is broken or missing.

If you have any questions, you can add them to the comment field below or simply contact us.

  • 50 grams powder (capsules only): 4 to 14 days.
  • 100 grams powder (capsules or powder): 8 to 25 days
  • 200 grams powder (powder only): 19 to 56 days

39 thoughts on “Info – All About Herb Dosages”

  1. How does one take the herbs in powder form? I’ve had the experience before of taking powder and mixing it in hot water for a tea. Could I do that with powder ordered from you? Thanks so much for your help.

  2. Yes, my powder is water soluble. So you can put it in water and enjoy it as a traditional hot drink. I myself prefer to simply dump the powder on to my tongue and wash it down with water. How you get the powder into you is really up to you. Parents can mix it into a child’s food for instance. That’s okay too.

  3. Is it good for children under 2 years old and what is the dosage? Thank you very much in advance

  4. Hi Mimi, herbs are okay for children under 2 years old, however it is more important to choose the formula that really does apply to your little one. Some herbs are more sensitive to dosage than others, and young children do have more sensitive tummies that we need to pay attention to. There are practitioners who specialize in pediatrics too. If you’re in a larger city, you may be able to locate someone with that interest.

  5. HOW LONG DO I TAKE THE CAPSULES FOR….? MY BOTTLE HAS 200 PILL IN IT…

  6. This is a big subject and depends on the disease and the herbs you are taking. That being said, I tell patients that the only really wrong way to take raw herbs is not at all or if you burn them. (If you burn them, throw them away). Most herbs are gently simmered for 15 minutes in water and then the resulting tea is drunk. That is the simple way. The pot should be Corning Ware or stone but not metal. When I first started drinking herbs 30 years ago I used metal pots and when I switched I could tell the difference in their effectiveness.
    We use granules here and they are effective although I do miss the smell of herbs cooking throughout my house (and down the street).
    Doug

  7. Hi! I am thinking of getting this for a friend. He has all the mentioned symptoms but tends to run hot. Is it safe to use?

  8. How important is it to consume Yi Gan San on an empty stomach?

    Thank you for the assistance.

  9. would like to purchase rikkunshito granules how can I do this

  10. I bought the pinellia and magnolia bark formula in tablets my question is can I crush them? And how to take them if I can because it’s hard for me to take pills! Thanks in advance!

  11. We sell our herbs in either capsules or as powder. If you bought the tablets somewhere else- I think you can easily just crush them up. Most tablets are powders that have been compressed using a machine. Just so long as you take them it should be OK.
    Doug

  12. Can a man of 63 having prolapse of anus at the time of evacuation take bu zhong yi qi tang ? He is thin 5ft11inch height only 57Kg weight having Gastritis , never likes to drink cold,heat of feet before rain and cold after rain but having Hemoglobin 12.5 Blood pressure fluctuates some times high, slight cough, sneezing when bending neck back, feeling weak and some times vertigo.

  13. I have a 14 yr old 6.5 kg cat that has acute upper respiratory problem that causes discomfort and a very noisy nasal passage. Do you have herbs suitable for animals?

  14. hmmm…. I know a lot of pet owners use herbs on their loved ones. The same rules apply as to humans, you want to find the right formula but give them much less of it. 1 capsule 2x a day for a cat for example. This is the one that comes to mind. http://eagle.eagleherbs.com/buy/xanthium-powder-cang-er-zi-san-1604 – Xanthium (Cang Er Zi San) goes to the nose and opens it up. Very effective for humans at least. If there is lots of phlegm them we can look at ER Chen Wan but it doesn’t target the nose just dries up the wetness that may be in the nose and elsewhere.This assumes that their is phlegm due to too rich a diet etc… http://eagle.eagleherbs.com/buy/citrus-and-pinellia-combination-er-chen-tang-4148
    Let me know what happens.
    Doug

  15. My acupuncturist said I should two capsules three times a day. Should I take the capsules on a empty stomach? How many hours must there be between each use? And is it ok to take them just before I go to sleep?

  16. With taking herbs in capsules I feel the only thing you can do wrong is not take them. That being said, whatever you feel comfortable with is fine. There are a number of theories about when to take them, many of them contradictory, but you can ask your acupuncturist what they feel is best. I often tell patients not to take herbs too close to bedtime, especially when its a new formula, because it can “stir things” up… unless of course its an insomnia formula! take care, thanks for writing.
    Doug

  17. My Rottweiler- female,8 years old and 102 lbs has lung cancer. My holistic gave it lily combination and stasis breaker ( both in powder) .It is safe to her ?.Please help me , I’m so afraid.
    Yssys’s Mom

  18. We often give the same herbs to pets as we take. I haven’t seen your dog to know how much he or she should take. Express your concerns to the vet… this is a difficult situation and I am sure the vet is trying their best.
    Doug

  19. Hi, my Dad (59yrs) has diabetes for over 3 years now which is already receiving treatment for , but now we are told there is something in his kidney and now am seeking for a better medication for him so the issue in the kidney wont rise . it has really been a trying time for us .
    Kindly tell me which of your herbs or capsule will be suitable for him .

    Thank you

    Jerry from Nigeria

  20. Sorry, this is too complex for us to analyze over the internet. I believe you need to trust something for you father from a doctor in your own town.

  21. My dog has very high cortisol levels (although he has tested negative for Cushings) I have been giving him Si Miao San for 2 weeks (I am mixing it in with flax seed powder, lecithin and kelp) and he has gained weight. He actually needs to lose weight.
    I have also been taking it for the past two weeks and have also gained weight. I should be losing weight as my doctor raised my dosage of thyroid meds. Also I noticed my ankles and calves seem a little swollen and I awoke this am with a bad headache. I never get headaches.
    Could the Si Miao San be causing weight gain in myself and my dog as well as the swelling and headache? Perhaps it shouldn’t be mixed with the flax, kelp and lecithin.
    Any suggestions would be most welcome.

  22. I I have ibs with constipation which herbs are best I have some normal motions followed by bitty motions several times a day. Thankyou.

  23. I I have ibs with constipation which herbs are best I have some normal motions followed by bitty motions several times a day when passing water.

  24. Not quite sure what is going on here. As you say, the Si Miao San should have the opposite effect. I can only think that the other ingredients are having these effects. For example, the kelp might have a high salt content and creating the swelling. The Lecithin and the weight? The only way to check is to stop one or more ingredients and see which, if any, are causing the issues. Honestly, I can’t be more helpful here. Sorry about that.

  25. Goldie, kind of need more information about what you mean by “ibs”. Having several normal bowel movements a day is bordering on not normal. Do you have pain, gas, blood, phlegm in the stool as well? Is it very loose stools with undigested stool that you are having? You can email me at service@eagleherbs.com.

  26. Hello,

    Can this be used to open up blocked fallopian tube in the case of infertility?

  27. i have been having problems of not being able to stay having sex for long without loosing control and ejaculating. I used to not have a problem staying for hours, but now I can’t hold it for long. I used to think it’s because I keep thinking about it too much while having sex with my wife; but I can’t stop it. Sometimes I still ejaculate fast even after the second round.
    I also have pre-cum (seminal leakage) with even a little fore play or maybe watch something freaky.
    I need help; my wife loves me and she keeps saying it’s ok but my conscience would not let me be. I want to satisfy her.
    I know I used to masturbate a lot, I still do a few times every now and then but not a lot anymore. I think I am finally stopping now, it’s been more than a week. I
    have also been losing hair, mood swings and some sort of insomnia.
    Can you help me? Please
    Thank you
    Moe.

  28. hello,
    i’m 25 years old and I have many problems with my skin (a lot of acne on my face and my chest and back).
    I try many treatement chimical (and so expensive) but it’s too bad for me (and some of them are ineffective) and one day… I would like cure this big problem !!
    I’ll go do an hormoanl test, because I probably ‘ve got an hormonal unbalance (more “male hormones than “femal”)…
    I can’t see my face full of acnes who are painful, itching , and redness!

    is there an eventual natural solution ?

    Thank you for helping a desesperate girl.

    Naomie.

  29. First thing to ask is if you have been diagnosed with PCOS. The second thing to say that Chinese Medicine is good with this sort of thing – if used in conjunction with your diet. Probably the best is to personally email me at service@eagleherbs.com with more information. Of particular interest is your menses as that often has a lot to say about acne in females. take care, doug

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