Gui Zhi Tang: A digestion formula?

When studying classic formulas, it can be exciting and even mind blowing to read a case study in which a formula you think you understand is used for something you never would have thought of it being used for.  Recently I listened to Dr. Zhang Wen-Quan (another protégé of Dr. Liu Du-Zhou) describe observing Dr. Liu with a patient suffering from 3 years of Amenorrhea.  She had been given formulas by other doctors to nourish blood, vitalize blood and warm the Kidney with no results.  Dr. Liu used Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang – unmodified!  The woman got her menstruation within a week…of course, Dr. Zhang gave an in depth discussion as to why this was the correct formula.  Through this discussion, I learned to understand Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang, it’s function, mechanism of action and presentation on a much deeper level.  Hint:  For Dr. Liu Du-Zhou the tongue presentation was a primary key What is even more exciting is to learn material such as this and then apply it successfully in your own clinic. Recently I had such an experience with a patient.   […]

Why and how to study Liu Du-Zhou?

Professor Liu Du-Zhou was born in 1917 and studied Chinese medicine from the age of 16.  He was the student of two famous physicians, Dr. Wang Zhi-Yuang and Dr. Xie Si-Quan.  His passing in 2001 was a loss to the world of Chinese medicine though he does live on, both through his prolific writings and through his disciples.  At an early age Professor Liu was smitten with the power of studying the classics, especially the Shang Han Lun.  He was thoroughly familiar with all the major classics and also involved in study, research, writing and teaching on the Shang Han Lun. Some proponents of the use of classical Shang Han Lun formulas adhere to a rather simple lock and key way of working. […]

In Winter Eat Radish. In Summer Eat Sheng Jiang

It may seem counter intuitive to eat Sheng Jiang – fresh ginger – in summer to stay healthy.  After all, summer is hot and Sheng Jiang is also hot.  However, this is an extremely important concept to master as a practitioner of Chinese medicine because it relates to the storage and dissipation of our very life force. In summer, our bodies become an open system with our pores opening to deal with the heat.  Because of this both our fluids and our Yang are dissipated throughout the summer.  The external heat of summer opens our bodies and is the season in which Yang is lost.  On the other hand, during the winter our bodies close up in response to the external cold.  It is the season in which Yang is then stored.  Dr. Huang Huang explains this in a short presentation how it is that winter is the time in which hot illnesses proliferate.  With the pores closed, the Yang can get pent up and fail to vent.  This can lead to hot illnesses. One can extrapolate from these ideas to the whole concept of venting and storage.   […]