Daodi medicinal material

“Daodi medicinal material”  is defined as “medicinal material that is produced and assembled in specific geographic regions with designated natural conditions and ecological environment, with particular attention to cultivation technique, harvesting and processing. These factors lead to quality and clinical effects surpass those of same botanical origin produced from other regions, and thus is widely recognized Read more…

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…