Kampo – When are Shells and Bones used?

As promised, here is the first installment of a short series of entries on Kampo.  These next three entries are all taken from a written conversation between Nigel and myself, in the form of questions and answers.  I hope you all find this as interesting and useful as I do! In a deficient person with a tight abdomen and pulsations - how would you differentiate whether to use Gui Zhi Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang vs. Zhi Gan Cao Tang? Firstly on the abdomen the location of the pulsations will be different for each formula. Gui Zhi Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang will often have pulsations along the midline in the upper portion of the abdomen especially around Ren 12/13/14 (though they can also occur lower down at the navel area). In the case of Zhi Gan Cao Tang the pulsations are always around and below the navel and less commonly higher up. What is more helpful in differentiating these two abdomens though is the other findings that tend to occur along with the pulsations. Gui Zhi Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang is a Qi formula and the abdomen, especially the rectus, will generally be thin, tight with a tendency for Shin Ka Hi Ko (Epigastric subjective and objective tightness). This kind of abdominal presentation is generally [...]

By | 2017-12-29T17:59:46+00:00 January 29th, 2012|Books, Classic Formulas, Kampo|0 Comments

Kampo Questions and Answers with Nigel Dawes

When I was in acupuncture school more than 30 years ago and after - I had the opportunity to study Hara diagnosis (The Hara is the abdomen)with Kiiko Matsumoto and Stephen Birch quite intensively. They wrote Hara Diagnosis: Reflections on the Sea (Paradigm title) In my own practice I have consistently felt the tummies of all my patients in every session, finding the abdomen an invaluable source of clear diagnostic information.  When I first heard about the use of abdominal diagnosis in relation to herbal diagnosis I was excited to find out how I could integrate this.  Then I met Nigel Dawes.  Nigel Dawes studied Kampo (Herbal Medicine) in Japan where the art of Fu Ku Shin (abdominal diagnosis) for determining herbal formulas is highly developed.  Two years ago, White Pine Institute hosted a 10 month course on Kampo with Nigel Dawes.  In a small focused group we studied and practiced Fu Ku Shin (abdominal diagnosis) in relation to herbal formulas.  After the course, as I was working on integrating the material, I found I had some questions so I wrote to Nigel.  His answers were so clear, succinct and helpful.  I thought our conversation would be helpful to post as blog entries. So, over the next few days, I will be posting blog entries of my questions for Nigel [...]

By | 2017-12-29T20:20:58+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Books, Classic Formulas, Kampo|1 Comment