Category Archives: Individual Herbs

Visit to the KPC factory

When Zoe and I rented a car to go up to the mountains, the car rental company gave us some free toothpaste that included Yu Nan Bai Yao and Pu’er tea! Continue reading

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Another Small Formula: Zhi Shi Shao Yao San

I’m continuing by revisiting the long lost series on tiny formulas from the Shang Han Lun and Jin Gui Yao Lue. I believe that it is extremely important to know and understand the tiny formulas because they are the building blocks of bigger formulas. Continue reading

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Growing Chinese herbs organically in the US

Guest Post by Sally Rappeport More frequently than ever before our patients express concerns about pesticides in the herbs we sell to them. As practitioners we need to both educate ourselves and support various efforts that counteract these concerns. In … Continue reading

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Tiny Formulas 4: Bàn Xià Gān Jiāng Sān

In general, we can say that Gān Jiāng melts frozen fluids, stops pain and opens the middle, while stopping upward rebellion of the stomach. Continue reading

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Tiny Formulas 3: Xiǎo Bàn Xià Jia Fú Líng Tāng

In this next formula, Xiǎo Bàn Xià Jia Fú Líng Tāng, Fú Líng is added to Xiǎo Bàn Xià Tāng. How does the presentation change when Fú Líng is added. Symptoms that appear in addition to the stomach rebellion symptoms are water rebellion symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, abdominal pulsations, inhibited urination and thirst without the desire to drink. Continue reading

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It’s April 1st! Spring is here!

Can an herb actually improve a patient’s luck or Karma? Let’s take a look at the amazing Giant Milky Milk Weed….. Continue reading

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Fifth Formula Installment: Adding Da Huang

Moreover stomach heat surging into the face causing facial heat as if drunk is not the same as surging Qi with feather-warm heat as if drunk. The first is middle warmer Yang Ming heat and therefore bitter cold herbs should be used to purge. The later is a lower jiao surging Chong vessel illness. Therefore, one should use sour warm herbs to restrain in order to down bear. This must be differentiated. Continue reading

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Fourth Installment: Adding Xing Ren

I find this formula very useful for wet type asthma, pediatric asthma, allergic asthma, nasal allergies, food allergies with swelling and asthma and chronic bronchitis, especially when the face appears puffy. Continue reading

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Second Installment on Jin Gui Cough Formulas

This formula uses Poria (fú líng). On the one hand Poria (fú líng) will lead and gather the fluids so they can be removed through the urination and on the other hand it will treat the source of the generation of fluids. This is why Poria (fú líng) is the principle herb. The ministers are Zingiberis Rhizoma (gān jiāng) and Asari Radix et Rhizoma (xì xīn) which warm the lung, scatter cold and transform fluids. In order to prevent the Zingiberis Rhizoma (gān jiāng) and Asari Radix et Rhizoma (xì xīn) from squandering and scattering the lung Qi, Schisandrae Fructus (wǔ wèi zǐ) is added as an assistant. Schisandrae Fructus (wǔ wèi zǐ) will restrain the lung Qi and stop cough. Continue reading

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Da Zao in Classic Formulas

In this short presentation Dr. Fu also speaks about the origin of Zhang Zhong-Jing’s formulas. He refers to Dr. Yi Yin, 伊尹, who was a cook originally! Continue reading

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