classical formulas

Running Piglet and Depression


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Hi Friends,

I am busy preparing an Ebook for the White Pine Circle‘s February resources.  Our theme is Ge Gen and so I am translating material on classical formulas that include Ge Gen.  One such lesser known formula is Ben Tun Tang (Running Piglet Decoction).  Sometimes I run across a case that rivets my attention and I am sharing one of these today.  I love that the doctor, Dr. Xióng Jìbǎi 熊继柏 is writing in a narrative style and that he is clearly using this case to teach us.  I found this case in The Path of Clinical Experience with Classical Formulas for Modern Distinguished Physicians《当代经方名家临床之路》.   I also love how the pharmacy was missing a key herb,  Li Gen Bai Pi, which is the peel of the plum tree root, so he went out into the valley and dug some up himself!  Enjoy the case!

The patient, Ms. Cheng, was age 46 and was a peasant.  At the start of her illness she had dizzy spells with restlessness and palpitations.  She shut herself in a room and gradually would not get out of bed.  She had photophobia so she kept the […]

Ten Key Formula Families for Cancer

I created this presentation to give you all a chance to see how I’ve applied Dr. Huang Huang’s work for cancer patients.  Dr. Huang Huang is coming to teach at White Pine Healing Arts this July for 3 days on this topic.  I’m really excited for this course.  Already, his teachings on the 10 key formula families has influenced my work with patients suffering from cancer in such a positive way.  I’ve tried to illustrate this in this presentation.  My hope is that this will inspire students and practitioners to study with Dr. Huang.

To access the presentation click here

To get information about Dr. Huang Huang’s July course click here

For information about the 10 Key Formula Family online course click here

Huang Huang on Zhi Gan Cao Tang: Text and Video Presentation

Last February, Dr. Huang Huang gave a 4 day seminar on the Ten Key Formula Families in San Francisco.  Here is a link to view an excerpt of this seminar pertaining to Zhi Gan Cao Tang. (Eric Brand is the translator for this excerpt)   Below is written material about the formula from Dr. Huang Huang, translated by Sharon Weizenbaum.  If you are interested, the entire course is available by going to This Link.

Dr. Huang Huang writes on Zhi Gan Cao Tang

Formula Constituents

Zhi Gan Cao        12-24 grams
Sheng Jiang        9-18
Ren Shen             6-12
Sheng Di Huang  50-100
Gui Zhi                 9-18
E Jiao                   6-12
Mai Men Dong    12-24
Huo Ma Ren        12-24
Da Zao                30-60

Formula Cooking Method

For the above 9 ingredients, use seven sheng of clear wine and eight sheng of water.  First boil eight ingredients to get three sheng and remove the dregs.  Add the E Jiao and warm until it is completely dissolved.  Take one sheng warm and drink 3 times a day.

Original Text

  1. When there is cold damage, knotted pulse and heart pulsations, Zhi Gan Cao Tang rules (177)
  2. The Qian Jin Yi says that Zhi Gan Cao Tang returns the pulse:  It treats deficiency and depletion with sweating and stuffiness with knotted pulsations. This keeps going without cease.
  3. The Wai Tai says that Zhi Gan Cao Tang treats […]
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