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Professional Acupuncture Software for the Pocket PC

by Marcus Jeffers, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., MSTOM

"Merging Current Technology with Traditional Chinese Medicine"

tcmHerbs Standard Edition

Introducing Pocket tcmHerbs SE 1.6

Pocket tcmHerbs, Now with Formula Builder

Pocket tcmHerbs is an all-in-one program which addresses the needs of Acupuncture Professionals, Herbalists and Students of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

TcmHerbs software will allow you to manage a database of Herbs along with their associated pictures. TcmHerbs includes a database with 212 Chinese Medicinal Herbs including their: Pinyin Name, Pharmaceutical Name, Herbal Category (ex. Qi Tonic, Yin Tonic, etc.), and a high-resolution Color Photo of each herb. With the help of a powerful Import feature and the included Desktop version of tcmHerbs for the PC, you can begin Entering / Importing the Qi-Taste-Entering Meridians, the Herb function / Action, etc, your Preferred dosage and a Page number where this herb can be found in your favorite book. At any time you can enter New herbs or Delete existing herbs with a simple click. And, you don't have to limit your herbal database to Chinese Herbs, why not enter Western herbs as well, like Ginkgo biloba, Echinacea, Milk thistle, etc. It's up to you on what information you want to store.

Once you have your database the way you want it, one click will export it to a file ready to work with Pocket tcmHerbs.

Then, once Pocket tcmHerbs is running, you will have a complete herbal compendium at your fingertips; Including many powerful search & retrieval features such as: Single Search, Quick Search List, List All and Smart Searching.


  • Herbs page: Includes 212 of the most popular Chinese Herbs, most of which are included as part of the California State Licensing Exam and the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists & Oriental Medicine Exams (NCCAOM).

    • This page includes a drop down box listing the herbs, a section for the Taste / Qi / Entering Meridians (not included. You can customize this as you like), a section for the herb Action / Indications (not included. Enter any info. you choose in the layout of your choice), an herb Dosage section (not included. Customize your own dosage range), and a section for the Page Number of the herb. (not included.)
    • By choosing the "Use English Name" from the Options menu, you can now list herbs by their English name. This is a nice feature if you know the herbs by their English / Latin names and not their Pinyin names.

  • Details page: Includes a section for the English / Pharmaceutical name (212 are included), section for the herbal Category to which the herb belongs (212 are included, modify as necessary), section to display a High-Resolution Color Photo of each herb (212 high-res color photos of each herb are included). For easy ID, the included photos contain the most representative cut of each herb. For some herbs that come in various "cuts", the picture contains the different cuts. Ex. the photo of Huang Qi contains a sample cut like the typical "Tongue Depressor" and samples that are cut "Crosswise". This helps you in identifying the not-so-frequent cut samples of the herb.

  • Results page: This page stores the results of your last search in a nice, organized, sorted list. One click of an herb takes you right to it! This list also allows you to compare and contrast different herbs based on your searching criteria without having to re-run a search. There is also a handy Navigational pad allowing you to quickly locate an herb with one click.

  • Formula Builder page: This page contains a list of the herbs you prefer to build a formula with. By either clicking the "+" key on the menu bar or by Choosing "Formula Builder Mode" in the Results page, you can automatically place herbs you want into your Formula List and Create a Report for yourself or your Patients. You can include special instructions, the patient's name, your name, dosages of the herbs, and even use the Pinyin or English name of the herb in the report. The report can be saved and viewed by Pocket Word and then printed, saved or viewed on your desktop PC like any other Word document.
    • New reporting module has been added to increase stability and speed

  • Single Search: This allows you to search for ANY text in your herbal database. So, if you typed in all the functions for each of your herbs, finding all the herbs that, say "Clear Heat", is a snap. tcmHerbs will produce a "Results" list of all the herbs that contain your search term. From there, a single click brings you right to that herb. How's that for fast and easy?

  • Quick Search List: This unique feature gives you the ability to store your frequently typed search terms. Then with two clicks, you can run the search again, all without re-typing which saves you a tremendous amount of time especially when you are designing a formula.

  • List All: This button provides you with a organized and sorted list of all the Herbs in your database, complete with the Navigational pad.

  • Smart Searching: There is some intelligence built into tcmHerbs. For example (assuming you have Entered or Imported all the herb functions), say you are looking at the herb Da Zao and you notice that one of the functions is to "Nourish blood". You want to find all the herbs that have this function, so what do you do? Easy, just use the stylus to highlight "Nourish blood" and click the Search button. Instantly you could have a list with several herbs that share this function, such as: E Jiao, Bai Shao, etc.

  • TcmHerbs also incorporates Zap Power-Off, so you can either exit tcmHerbs or Turn Off your device, all from the Menu. Saving wear-and-tear on your Power Button.

  • Fixes and Enhancements:
    • Enhanced searching feature to better support the Pocket PC Auto-suggested words
    • Bug fixes, including display of extra character in front of herb name in the herb drop-down box. ex. "rBo He"

tcmHerbs also comes with a Desktop version. This is a companion program that runs on Windows 9x, NT, 2000, XP. This program allows you to import your data from a Text File or a Microsoft Word document right into tcmHerbs, making it instantly available to your Pocket PC (PPC). TcmHerbs includes a .txt file and a Word Document file that is already partially populated and ready for you to add your own data. Here are just some of the features of the Desktop version:
    • Support for databases up to 2MB in size with increased file transfer speed
    • Enhanced database speed when using large databases, ex. 500+ herbs.
    • Built-in file transfer! With true 1-click ability, Desktop tcmHerbs can now automatically transfer (export) your database to your PPC
    • Now you have the ability to pull up herbs by using their English or Pinyin names.
    • Screen settings, database location, view mode and other settings are remembered for the next time you start Desktop tcmHerbs
    • View your data exactly as it will be displayed on your PPC with the "View in Pocket PC" mode. Makes for easy data layout & formatting.
    • Complete Readme Help file with examples
    • Import from a .txt file or Word Document - both are included to get you started right away (no need to retype data you may already have)
    • Backup / Restore your herbal database to keep it safe
    • And, If you don't have any data to import, the Desktop tcmHerbs software makes is very quick and easy to type any data right into the program.
    • A "Control center" for easy record navigation. Updated in version 1.5
    • Quick shortcut-keys such as Alt+N or Alt+D to add New or delete existing records. Tab controls help you enter information without using a mouse - increasing speed and saving time - just start entering data and click the Tab key to move to the next entry.
    • Auto-save feature

The Included Desktop Version of tcmHerbs

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