Watch the Si Ni San Presentation! I recently discovered a new blog by a man named Eran Even from British Columbia, Canada. It is primarily a case study blog with an emphasis on classic formulas. I found it totally by accident. It's a gem of a blog! You can access it here. Eran is interested in many doctors. He has done several excellent entries by one doctor in particular, Dr. Hu Xi-shu. Coincidentally, Dr. Huang Huang mentioned Dr. Hu over the last weekend. He was talking with us about Da Chai Hu Tang and how it can be combined with other formulas to treat bronchial asthma (only if there is strong abdominal pain on pressure). One combination he mentioned was with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan. He told us that this combination, Da Chai Hu Tang and Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan was taught to him by none other than Dr. Hu Xi-shu!
You can access this presentation here. The weekend with Dr. Huang was so rich. Here is a picture of our group. (click on it for a larger view) Notice that my daughter, Zoe, is in the picture with the green sweater. She has become a real sinophile and is even becoming interested in Chinese medicine. Through highschool she studied Chinese at Mt. Holyoke college, finishing 3rd year there. She will be a freshman this autumn at Middlebury College, wanting to continue in Chinese and add another language (possibly Arabic!). She acted as the driver/hostess/interpreter for the Huang's, coming to all of our dinners and sitting in on class. A formula such as Si Ni San is a sort of picture or mirror image of a certain type of person with certain types of problems. Before moving into the topic of cancer and autoimmune illnesses, Dr. Huang began the teachings by discussing some of the most foundational formulas from the Shang Han Lun. These are the formulas he finds the most useful in his own practice. It is clear from these teachings that formulas contain important clinical keys. So, a formula such as Si Ni San is a sort of picture or mirror image of a certain type of person with certain types of problems. Formulas are explored in this way [...]
We have finished two of the three days with Dr. Huang here in Amherst. It’s been a wonderful long weekend with Dr. Huang and his wife, Pu. The weather has been glorious with cool good sleeping nights so we all arrive well rested. I’ll be putting up some clips of the weekend here in the next couple of weeks to show some of the many gems Dr. Huang has shared. However, we must introduce the weekend with Dr. Huang’s own song about classic formulas! Dr. Huang wrote the words and is singing the song. His younger brother wrote and performs the music in the background. We recorded this here over the weekend. […]
On our first day of class, Dr. Huang went into great depth about Si Ni San. He talked about the presentation that matches Si Ni San and gave us a variety of useful modifications. Just before lunch he taught us a recipe for patients to make at home that will have a similar action to Si Ni San. Here is the recipe: Lemon juice Mint Honey Mei Gui Hua The amounts of each ingredient can vary depending on the preferences of the person drinking. Our garden here has a patch of lemon ginger mint so we poured some hot water of a mix of fresh lemon ginger mint and Mei Gui Hua and after it steeped we mixed in a lot of cold water, lemon and honey. Everyone had a cup of this delicious drink. We all agreed that someone should market this! Yummy and relaxing.