Dosing Guideline: Age to Dose

The standard dose of herbal extracts for an average adult is 6 grams per day. However, not everybody is an "average adult." The fundamental concept in dosing is to realize that one size does not fit all. Every person is unique and must be treated individual.

The principle behind the Age-to-Dose Dosing Guideline is based on the maturity of the organs to metabolize, utilize and eliminate herbs. This chart is very detailed and is especially useful for infants and younger children. The recommendations are taken from Herbology published by Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1986.

The principle behind Weight-To-Dose Dosing Guideline is based on the effective concentration of the herb after it is distributed to different parts of the body. This dosing strategy is especially useful for patients whose body weight falls outside of the normal range which may require an increase or a decrease in dose. All calculations are based on Clark's Rule in Pharmaceutical Calculations written by Mitchell Stoklosa and Howard Ansel and published by Lea and Febiger in Philadelphia.

These two charts provide every herbal practitioner with a handy reference for dosing for those patients who fall outside the definition of an "average adult." It is still important to keep in mind, however, that these charts serve only as a guideline — not an absolute rule. One must always remember to treat each patient as an individual, not as a chart!

Age Recommended Daily Dosage Fine Granules Capsules (0.5 gm) Tablets (0.3 gm)
0-1 Month 1/18-1/14 of adult dose* 0.3-0.4 grams
1-6 Month 1/14-1/7 of adult dose 0.4-0.9 grams
6-12 Month 1/7-1/15 of adult dose 0.9-1.2 grams
1-2 Year 1/7-1/15 of adult dose 1.2-1.5 grams
2-4 Year ¼-1/3 of adult dose 1.5-2.0 grams
4-6 Year 1/3-2/5 of adult dose 2.0-2.4 grams
6-9 Year 2/5-½ of adult dose 2.4-3.0 grams 5-6 capsules‡ 8-10 tablets‡
9-14 Year ½-2/3 of adult dose 3.0-4.0 grams 6-8 capsules 10-13 tablets
14-18 Year Full adult dose 4.0-6.0 grams 8-12 capsules 13-20 tablets
18-60 Year Full adult dose 6.0 grams 8-12 capsules 13-20 tablets
60+ Year ¾ of adult dose 4.0-6.0 grams 9-12 capsules 15-20 tablets

*Standard Adult Dosage is 6 grams of herbal extract per day.

‡Capsules or tablets should be used with caution in young children due to possible difficulty in swallowing. Each capsule weighs 0.5 grams and each tablet weighs 0.3 grams.

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