Those are all great questions. Sometimes to get the therapeutic dose of a herb in capsule form, you do have to take many. I don’t think you have missed any teachings, but I do think that dosages are something you become more comfortable with when you start practicing. I remember being very worried about it, so I understand your concern. I recommend sticking with what your materia medica says, and I will send Liza a quick message about it and get back to you!