Other than the visit to the KPC factory, I had a couple of other interesting medical adventures while visiting Taiwan. One is that I went to see the doctor for a chronic cough I experience. We were visiting a city called Chiayi and found a small herb shop while we were wandering around. There was a young (looking) doctor there to Ba Mai, meaning to feel pulses, meaning to see patients. So, I decided to see what he could offer me. My nearly fluent daughter We did the intake (with my nearly fluent daughter helping us communicate as her Chinese is SO much better than mine). I decided to get the herbs in a powder form since I was traveling and couldn't cook them up for a while. I remember reading a blog post by Michael Max several years ago in which he described doctors in Taiwan prescribing powder formulas as single herbs. The doctor I saw did the same thing. He gave me 3 different formulas along with some other herbs and each formula was dosed as a single herb. The formulas he gave me were Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San, Zi Su San and Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang. Another interesting thing was how the herbs were packaged. They mixed the formula and then put it into a machine that divided into the [...]
When Zoe and I rented a car to go up to the mountains, the car rental company gave us some free toothpaste that included Yu Nan Bai Yao and Pu'er tea!
Last spring I graduate from a three-year program that is part of the 3-Doors Academy. Marcy Vaughn is one of my teachers and mentors from that program. I can’t tell you how beautiful and rich her presence is. I am so pleased that she is coming to Massachusetts to teach this course. These precious teachings have made a huge positive difference for me in my personal as well as professional life. So read on and let me know if you have any questions. You can also read about this and register from this link. Awakening Authentic Presence: Meditations with Voice and Silence A 4-day residential meditation retreat with Marcy Vaughn February 4-7, (arrival and dinner, evening of February 3, 2016) The Center for Cultural Evolution 68 Van Nuys Road ~ Colrain, MA Resting our attention on the stillness of the body, inner silence, and the spaciousness of being, we connect with the source of healing and creativity within. Sitting in circle, in fellowship with other practitioners, you will be guided to enter and abide in the sacred architecture of the channels and chakras within your body. Resting your attention in each energetic center and journeying into that center with sound and silence, you are supported to release and rest, to allow your experience fully, and to honor any injuries that need tending. As [...]
Licorice and Ginger Decoction (gān cǎo gān jiāng tāng) is a most useful tiny formula to understand. I hope readers take some time with this post so that this a real relationship with this little building block of so many formulas can sink in. In another post, this formula is mentioned as part of the formula Cinnamon Twig, Poria, Schisandra, and Licorice Decoction, remove cinnamon, add Ginger, Asari, and Pinellia (guì líng wǔ wèi gān cǎo qu gui jia jiang xin xia tāng). Although the proportions are different, the two herbs, Gan Cao and Gan Jiang are in many formulas such as Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang, Gan Cao Xie Xin Tang, Si Ni Tang, Li Zhong Wan and many more. Below we see that Pao Jiang is sometimes used in place of Gan Jiang when there is bleeding. This combination can be seen in the formula Sheng Hua Tang (click to read a post on this formula). Many formulas include Sheng Jiang and Gan Cao. It is not uncommon in my practice to substitute Gan Jiang for Sheng Jiang in certain formulas such as Wen Jing Tang, thereby integrating the ideas of Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang. All this is to say that this formula is wonderful to understand and to give patients. I consider it a formula to melt frozen earth and metal. When earth [...]
I'm continuing by revisiting the long lost series on tiny formulas from the Shang Han Lun and Jin Gui Yao Lue. I believe that it is extremely important to know and understand the tiny formulas because they are the building blocks of bigger formulas.
Hu zhang photo Sally Rappeport Guest Post by Sally Rappeport More frequently than ever before our patients express concerns about pesticides in the herbs we sell to them. As practitioners we need to both educate ourselves and support various efforts that counteract these concerns. In China, regulations are slowly emerging but perhaps not as quickly or as effectively as we might prefer. In the US, there are several farming endeavors that are being established around this country that are expanding the scope of possibility for us to choose where we source our herbs. More needs to happen, but as a practitioner who has been aware of these issues for 10 years, it is notable to see how much is in the ground at this time. Most significantly, these efforts will not be able to continue growing without our demand for the final products – the herbs. Harvesting Huang Bai Photo Jean Giblette Multiple issues are involved in growing Chinese herbs “locally”. We know that different herbs grow well in different types of soil, climate, and geography. The processing of the herbs is crucial to how we use them; and the medicinal properties can change depending on multiple factors. In addition, evaluation of the medicinal properties comes into question. There are a few experts in this country [...]