Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang – how we think about formulas

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang   补中益气汤   Tonify the middle and augment the qi decoction Discussion: This is an important and characteristic formula from the Pi Wei Lun, or Discussion on the Spleen and Stomach, by Li Dong Yuan. A major school of practice is based on this treatise and this formula in particular. “If there Read more…

Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang – how we think about formulas

Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang   苓桂术甘汤   Poria, Cinnamon Twig, Atractylodes Macrocephalae and Licorice Decoction Discussion: This formula was first mentioned in the Shang Han Lun, or Discussion of Cold Induced Disorders. Original Citations: “When, in cold damage, after vomiting or precipitation, [there is] counterflow fullness below the heart, the qi4 surges upward to the chest, Read more…

Si Ni San – an example of how we think about formulas

Si Ni San   四逆散   (Frigid Extremities Powder) Discussion: Si Ni San (Frigid Extremities Powder) was first mentioned in the Shang Han Lun, or Discussion of Cold Induced Disorders, where its use is confined to the treatment of cold extremities from shao yin syndrome. Here, it is due to yang collapse, where heat has entered the Read more…

Fan Zao 烦燥 Vexation and Agitation

Fan Zao  烦燥  Vexation and Agitation Fan, vexation describes a subjective feeling of heat, pressure, and uneasiness in the chest.Zao, agitation is where the limbs feel restless, with a local sensation of heat, that can be objectively felt. They often occur together. The main etiology is heat unsettling the shen. Hence it is sometimes referred to Read more…

Some functions of moxibustion

1. Dispelling pathogenic wind, cold and heat Functions -by warming moxibustion helps to move qi and blood -relax the muscles and tendons -strengthen digestion Indications -wind, cold, damp bi syndrome -abdominal pain, diarrhea and dysmeorrhea from cold 2. Regulating qi, nourishing blood and tonifying yang Functions -used to treat weakness in chronic disease Indications -muscular Read more…