Category Archives: Theory and Practice

It’s all in the translation….Hidden attitudes toward women.

Amazing! According to this, post-menopausal women are sad and can’t communicate with heaven! Continue reading

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Essay on Rou Gui – Cinnamon Bark

If you wish to generate life, you must return the Yang. The returning the Yang method goes to the center of the Qi and blood, fostering the root of the body. If the Yang root is feeble, the children; water and wood, will be insufficient with nothing leftover.(These are the words of Huang Yuanyu 黄元御) Continue reading

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What We Do When We Don’t Know How To Diagnose

This has been my area of study since I first really got it back in 1999: we are not taught to diagnose in our Chinese medical educations. Continue reading

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Engaging Vitality: A Guest Post

Over the past year, I have been applying the techniques I learned, and I have continually been both surprised and inspired by the way EV has deepened my practice. 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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Upcoming Classes and Diagnosis Presentations

This past winter I traveled to 6 cities to teach a class on understanding physiology through classic formulas.  The 7th and final city in which I am going to teach this course is the city of my birth, San Francisco. … Continue reading

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Key Sign for Gui Zhi Gan Cao Tang

You may think that you will not see patients who have excessive promotion of sweating but we should consider hot yoga and excessive exercising that many of our thin and weak patients take part in. Continue reading

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Bad Flu causes Scary Bleeding

This was an intense case in which the patient really did not want to go to the hospital. I had to both support this wish while making sure she was remaining safe. It is important to allow for the possibility that my skills may not be enough! I find it important to make agreements with patients in cases like this such as – after an agreed upon period of time or if symptoms get worse, they will go to the ER. Without this, I am not comfortable working with these kinds of crises. On the other hand, with this kind of clear communication, it is great to see what the herbs can do. Continue reading

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Late Stage Cancer and the 3 Yin Conformations

In addition, the long term use of intravenous fluids forces cold and damp into the interior.
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Placenta Encapsulation: A Traditional Chinese Medicine for Post-Partum Healing

My personal experience has been nearly 100% positive, with mothers reporting feeling strong, bleeding times shortened, milk supply coming in full, and an overall sense of well-being. The clearest evidence, though, has come to me from second-time mothers who report feeling so much stronger and in control, even with a toddler to run around after in addition to the newborn. The placenta can easily be combined with a customized herbal treatment to provide the mother with full post-partum recovery. Continue reading

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