Treating Periodic Issues with Xiao Chai Hu Tang

whenever you see of liver gallbladder Qi failing to rise and express or you see that Yin and Yang are unable to flow together and connect AND the symptoms show up in successive and regular periods, this can be treated with Xiao Chai Hu Tang with very good results.

By | 2017-07-24T13:27:23+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Classic Formulas, Famous Doctors|0 Comments

Unpacking Gui Zhi Tang: Gui Zhi Gan Cao Tang

With an eye for this, you may notice patients that put their hands on their chests during your time with them. I've had patients tell me that they always fall asleep with their hands on their chests or that they love for their partner to place their hands on their chest.

By | 2017-06-03T06:55:49+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Classic Formulas, Feng Shi Lun, Liu Han Tang|0 Comments

Teeny Tiny Formula: Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang

In this post I am sharing some brief discussion and 9 case studies by various doctors about Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang. There is quite a range of illnesses that can treated with this formula. It is an incredibly useful formula that I, again, use every clinic day.

By | 2017-11-24T17:29:13+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Classic Formulas, Liu Du-Zhou|0 Comments

The Many Uses of Gui Zhi Tang

One can see that Zhang Zhong-Jing placed this formula at the head of the formulas for the masses. It is worthy of Ke Yun-Bo’s appellation that this is the “Chief formula for the masses.”

Essay on Rou Gui – Cinnamon Bark

If you wish to generate life, you must return the Yang. The returning the Yang method goes to the center of the Qi and blood, fostering the root of the body. If the Yang root is feeble, the children; water and wood, will be insufficient with nothing leftover.(These are the words of Huang Yuanyu 黄元御)

By | 2017-01-23T08:28:32+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Classic Formulas, Famous Doctors, Huo Shen Pai, Wu Peiheng|Comments Off on Essay on Rou Gui – Cinnamon Bark

Tiny Formulas: Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-24T18:41:04+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Classic Formulas, Liu Du-Zhou|1 Comment

How long will Dr. Feng video be available after class?

Dr. Feng will be teaching for 4 days in November.  This class will be live as well as live-streamed.  In addition, the class will be filmed and the video will be made available to participants for a full 5 months after the class. This is really a most amazing opportunity.  Dr. Feng's work clarifies and organizes the Shang Han Lun treatment strategies in the most helpful way I've yet to come across.  Of all the Classic Formula teachers I have studied with, and there have been quite a few, Feng Shi-Lun's methods have had the most positive impact on my clinical abilities to date.  Dr. Feng's interpreter is also a teacher in her own right and has a long term friendship and rapport with Dr. Feng which will add so much to the insight we gain and will make this weekend all the more fun. For more information and to register go to

By | 2014-09-18T04:34:07+00:00 September 18th, 2014|Classic Formulas, Famous Doctors, Feng Shi Lun|2 Comments