Patent Herbal Remedies

Herbal Medicines in the form of ´Patent Remedies` or as ready-prepared pills (usually, with a coating of honey/beeswax) are traditionally used more for ´Tonification` , that is for Nourishment to strength and vitalise the body-mind or , in modern terms, as Nutritional Supplements. Compared to medicines taken as a Decoction = the boiling of a mixture of loose herbs, which are used more for the treating of specific symptoms. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_patent_medicine  .