Healing may be practiced as a means of dispelling illness, of fostering health, or of cultivating virtue. When an herbal formula is designed, the client’s physical symptoms (and the patterns of disharmony from which they arise) form a basic matrix guiding the prescription. However, the eradication of physical illness is a doorway through which practitioners may impart deeper transformation: the development of constitutional virtue. Through the herbal formulas themselves,
practitioners are able to glimpse how physical disharmonies reflect deeper concerns and make herb choices that allow them to treat the whole person with greater precision and elegance.