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

Opening-Through Presentation

In this entry, I am offering a presentation taken from a class I recently taught.  I went into some detail about the method of opening through.  At the end of the presentation I have included two case studies from my own practice.  The intent of these case studies is to show how the opening through method can be used for pathology in which the main complaint is clearly not gynecological.  In these cases, though this is true, taking into account the blocked menses was clearly an important aspect of the diagnosis and treatment.  I hope you find this as interesting and useful as I do!  Click below to start it. Opening Through Presentation

Anxiety about practicing…

When we practice Chinese medicine, it is very important that we are aware of our anxiety.  Anxiety is normal for a practitioner.  After all, people are coming to us for help and paying us for our expertise.  If we are not aware of out anxiety it can tend to run our practice without our knowledge, negatively influencing our effectiveness.  Awareness of this anxiety can help us to slow down and give our process of diagnosis and treatment strategizing the time and attention it needs. Click here for the presentation and please enjoy!

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Women's Physiology

Recently I taught a class as part of the Graduate Mentorship Program that began a series of classes we will be doing on women’s health.  I began with a discussion of women’s physiology based quite a bit on the work of Fu Qingzhu, a famous gynecologist from the Qing Dynasty.  My own gynecology teachers drew extensively from the work of Fu Qingzhu in the development of their own methods. I turned the women’s physiology portion of this class into a presentation for the blog.  You can access the handouts for this presentation by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner of the presentation screen.  I’d love to hear your comments. Click here for the presentation and please enjoy!

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益腎通经汤 Yi Shen Tong Jing Tang Boost the Kidneys and Open-Through the Menstruation Decoction

In this next entry on Dr. Xia’s opening through methods, we learn some very interesting principles.  His formula, Yi Shen Tong Jing Tang is indicated for Kidney deficiency type amenorrhea or scanty menstruation.  However the mechanism of the formula works with the Heart’s descending action to both supplement the Kidneys and to open through the menstruation.  This formula and this chapter on the formula illustrates a fundamental aspect of women’s physiology that is not often described.  This is the relationship between the Heart Qi and the vessels of the womb.  The Heart Qi must descend to the womb. It is also interesting to note that Dr. Xia uses this formula for adolescent women who are suffering from amenorrhea, scanty or late menstruation.  He makes clear that there must be some vaginal discharge present to begin this formula.  In other words, if the woman is completely dry, with no vaginal discharge, the first treatment principle must be to increase moisture.  When the moisture just begins to show – that is the time to use this formula.  After using this formula, the vaginal discharge and ovulation mucous will begin to flow even more abundantly. […]

进退温经汤 Jin Tui Wen Jing Tang Modified Warm the Menses Decoction

This is the next entry in this series of entries.  If you haven’t read the previous 3 entries, I recommend you go back and read them.  Each entry is an expansion of the previous one. Here we expand on the idea of opening through by looking at blocked menstruation when there is cold.  Dr. Xia has created this formula based on Wen Jing Tang (Warm the Menses Decoction). What i didn’t realize before reading this chapter, is that there is another formula named Wen Jing Tang besides the one from the Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essentials from the Golden Cabinet).  There is a formula of the same name from the Fu Ren Da Quan Liang Fang (Complete Book of Effective Formulas for Women).  The ingredients of this formula are as follows: […]

五味调经散 Wu Wei Tiao Jing San Five Flavor Synchronize the Menstruation Powder

“He substituted Mu Dan Pi for Zhi Zi and Shan Zha for Liu Qu.  He did this because Mu Dan Pi and Shan Zha enter the blood level while Zhi Zi and Liu Qu do not.  Brilliant! ” Todays entry includes the next section in Dr. Xia Guisheng’s chapter on opening through menstruation.  He uses his formula Wu Wei Tiao Jing Tang (Five Flavor Synchronize the Menstruation Decoction) as a jumping off point to discuss some basic ideas about the treatment of irregular menstruation due to congealed blood.   Wu Wei Tiao Jing Tang is a simple and small formula.  It’s design represents some of the basic principles of working with blood stasis in relation to menstruation and it’s size makes it ideal for combining with other formulas or for adding other herbs. […]

Opening-Through continued

加减通瘀煎 Jia Jian Tong Yu Jian Modified Opening Through Stasis Decoction It is very important that the lack of free flow is paired with fullness, pain or up-bearing symptoms By way of introduction to this first chapter, I’d like to write a bit about women’s physiology and the tubular quality of the Ren vessel and the Bao Tai.  Though I have not heard of these pathways written or spoken of as “tubular” per se, thinking of them in this way has helped me to visualize and understand women’s physiology, patho-physiology and the use of herbs in formulas.  So, please bear with me…If we think of the Ren vessel/Bao Tai as a tubular pathway extending from the upper body (Heart and chest) to the womb, physiologically, this tube provides the route for the Heart fire to descend to warm the womb and for the Kidney water to ascend to control, moisten and cool the Heart.  This pathway allows the communication and interaction of fire and water between the upper Jiao and womb.  We can also see that what travels within this tube is the interaction of fire and water which is the red blood.   […]

“Opening Through” the menstruation Tong Jing 通经

In relation to blood stasis – many of my own students don’t come in with much more of an understanding of blood stasis herbs other than that they all move the blood and that they should therefore not be used when there is heavy bleeding or during pregnancy.  And yet, through experience we learn that sometimes we must strongly move the blood in order to stop heavy bleeding and that sometimes moving the blood can help prevent a miscarriage. […]

Mei Gui Hua By Dr. Ban Xiu-Wen

Mei Gui Hua is a cultivated courtyard flower.  In addition to it having value as a beautiful flower to observe it also has worth as a medicinal herb. It is warm and harmonious.  It primarily courses and raises, being able to course and raise the Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen and Lung Qi.  It is an herb that nourishes the Heart and Liver blood vessels.  It is not really an attacking herb.  Because the characteristics of this herb are even and harmonious and it is warm without being drying, it courses without damaging the Yin.  It is suitable for women who have weaker bodies in which the blood vessels are not open through and the Qi mechanism is stagnant and constrained.  Furthermore, the fragrance is sweet and refreshing. It refreshes the Heart and makes a person feel happier. By boosting both the Liver and Spleen, this is a primary herb to treat Liver blood stasis in women.  I often use to treat irregular menstruation, red and white leucorrhea, illnesses relating to early or late menstruation, and menopausal syndrome especially when these are accompanied by autonomic nervous dysfunction women’s pathology.  It is very effective. […]