What classic formulas can teach us about physiology

This coming November 19 and 20th I am traveling to Chicago to teach a course I am very excited about. Here is a blog entry to describe what I will be teaching. I hope I see some of you there!

Learning how the body works through the study of classic formulas and case studies

Organized by the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Chicago, November 19-20, 2011

For information and registration click here

Classic formulas are ingeniously designed to correct malfunctions of the Qi dynamic. Through a deep understanding of a formula, we can see into how our predecessors saw the body – how it functions in health and in disharmony. In other words, a formula can teach us both about physiology and patho-physiology. In this course Sharon Weizenbaum will be taking us into the heart of several very important formulas, some of which are perhaps not understood well or misunderstood.  You will leave this course with an understanding of how to use these formulas in your practices for the types of disorders you commonly see.  Case studies used to illustrate the principles of these formulas are primarily from Sharon’s practice and will also include cases from well-known Doctors that Sharon has translated.

The formulas Sharon will illustrate the dynamics of the 6 warps of the Shang Han Lun from Tai Yang – Yang Ming – Shao Yang – Tai Yin – Shao Yin – Jue Yin.  We will explore the way in which these formulas reveal the underlying systematic logic of the Shang Han Lun.

Here are the basic formulas we will cover:

Gui Zhi Tang (Tai Yang dynamics)
(Illustrated with a case of Stomach Atrophy and anxiety

Da Qing Long Tang (Tai Yang/Yang Ming dynamics)
(Illustrated with a case of gout and allergies)

Da Chai Hu Tang (Shao Yang/Yang Ming dynamics)
(Illustrated with a case of pneumonia following breast reduction surgery)

Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang (Tai Yin/Water dynamics)
(Illustrated with a case of profound depression and anxiety with Ben Tun)

Ma Huang Fu Zi Xi Xin Tang (Shao Yin/Tai Yang dynamics)
(Illustrated with a case of insomnia and hypoglycemia)

Wu Mei Wan (Jue Yin dynamics)
(Illustrated with a case of migraine headache)

(cases are from Sharon’s practice but the patient names below are made up)

Introduction to Formulas as a Gateway to Understanding

  1. Brilliance of Zhang Zhong Jing
  2. Classic Formulas as Descriptions of
    Physiology Yang dynamics
    Physiology of Yin Yang dynamics
    Relationship of Zang Fu to Yin Yang dynamics
    Pathology
  3. Understanding dynamics allows us to see
    The diagnosis of our patient
    Match prescriptions
    Modify prescriptions

Gui Zhi Tang

Gui Zhi Tang
Gui Zhi 3 liang 9 gm
Bai Shao 3 liang 9 gm
Sheng Jiang 3 liang 9 gm
Zhi Gan Cao 2 liang 6 gm
Da Zao 12 pieces 12 pieces
Method of taking is to follow the soup with a bowl of hot gruel and then stay covered until there is a slight sweat.

 

Basic Theory of Gui Zhi Tang

Formulas within it:

Gui Zhi Gan Cao Tang

Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang

Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang

Other herb combination:

Sheng Jiang and Da Zao

What it describes about Physiology

Tai Yang

Middle Jiao – blood and Qi

Upper Jiao – Ying and Wei

Cases

Marnie O and Kristy P

Da Qing Long Tang

Da Qing Long Tang
Ma Huang 6 liang 18 gm
Gui Zhi 2 liang 6 gm
Zhi Gan Cao 2 liang 6 gm
Xing Ren 40 pieces 6-9 gm
Sheng Jiang 3 liang 9 gm
Da Zao 10 dates 12 dates
Shi Gao 1 chicken egg 12-30 gm

 

Basic Theory of Da Qing Long Tang

Formulas within it

Gui Zhi Tang

Ma Huang Tang

Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang

Other herb combinations

Ma Huang and Gui Zhi

Ma Huang and Shi Gao

What it describes about physiology

Yang Ming

Tai Yang

Related Formulas:

Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang
Ma Huang 4 liang 12 gm
Zhi Gan Cao 2 liang 6 gm
Xing Ren 50 pieces 18 gm
Shi Gao 1 chicken egg 24 gm

 

Ma Huang Tang
Ma Huang 3 liang 9 gm
Gui Zhi 2 liang 6 gm
Xing Ren 70 pieces 9-12 gm
Zhi Gan Cao 1 liang 3 gm

 

Da Chai Hu Tang

Da Chai Hu Tang
Chai Hu ½ Jin 24 gm
Huang Qin 3 liang 9 gm
Ban Xia ½ jin 24 gm
Shao Yao 3 liang 9 gm
Sheng Jiang 5 liang 15 gm
Da Zao 12 dates 12 dates
Zhi Shi 4 pieces 6-9 gm
Da Huang 3 liang 6 gm

 

Basic Theory of Da Chai Hu Tang

Formulas related to it:

Xiao Chai Hu Tang

Xiao Cheng Qi Tang

Xuan Bai Cheng Qi Tang

What it describes about Physiology:

Yang Ming

Shao Yang

Case

Samantha

Related Formulas:

Xiao Cheng Qi Tang
Jiu Xi Da Huang 12 gm
Zhi Hou Po 6 gm
Zhi Zhi Shi 6-9 gm

 

Xuan Bai Cheng Qi Tang
Shi Gao 15 gm
Da Huang 9 gm
Xing Ren 6 gm
Gua Lou Pi 5 gm

 

Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

 

Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang
Fu Ling 4 liang 12 gm
Gui Zhi 3 liang 9 gm
Bai Zhu 2 liang 6 gm
Zhi Gan Cao 2 liang 6 gm

 

Basic Theory of Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

What it describes about physiology

Tai Yin

Spleen

Heart

Water Transformation

Herb combinations

Gui Zhi and Fu Ling

Gui Zhi and Zhi Gan Cao

Fu Ling and Zhi Gan Cao

Bai Zhu and Fu Ling

Gui Zhi and Fu Ling

Formulas related to it

Gan Cao Gan Jiang Fu Ling Bai Zhu Tang

Li Zhong Wan

Fu Ling Gui Zhi Gan Cao Da Zao Tang

Case

Sean Q

Related Formulas

Gan Cao Gan Jiang Fu Ling Bai Zhu Tang 

(Also called Fu Ling Gan Cao Tang)

Fu Ling 6 gm
Gui Zhi 6 gm
Zhi Gan Cao 3 gm
Sheng Jiang 9 gm

 

Li Zhong Wan
Ren Shen 3 liang
Gan Jiang 3 liang
Zhi Gan Cao 3 liang
Bai Zhu 3 liang

 

Fu Ling Gui Zhi Gan Cao Da Zao Tang
Fu Ling ½ jin
Gui Zhi 4 liang
Zhi Gan Cao 3 liang
Da Zao 15 dates

 

Ma Huang Xi Xin Fu Zi Tang

Ma Huang Xi Xin Fu Zi Tang
Ma Huang 2 liang 6 gm
Xi Xin 2 liang 6 gm
Fu Zi 1 piece 9 gm

 

Basic Theory of Ma Huang Xi Xin Tang

What it describes about physiology

Shao Yin

Relationship between Shao Yin and Tai Yang

Function of Kidney

Case

Joanne S

Wu Mei Wan

Wu Mei Wan
Wu Mei 300 pieces 480 gm
Hua Jiao 4 liang 120 gm
Xi Xin 6 liang 180 gm
Gan Jiang 10 liang 300 gm
Huang Lian 16 liang 180 gm
Huang Bai 6 liang 180 gm
Dang Gui 4 liang 120 gm
Fu Zi 6 liang 180 gm
Gui Zhi 6 liang 180 gm
Ren Shen 6 liang 180 gm

 

Basic Theory of Wu Mei Wan

What it describes about physiology

Jue Yin

Epigastric area

Yin Yang dynamics

Herb combinations

Huang Lian and Gan Jiang

Huang Lian and Fu Zi

Dang Gui and Ren Shen

Related Formulas

Huang Lian Tang

Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang

Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan

Wen Jing Tang

Huang Lian Tang
Huang Lian 3 liang
Zhi Gan Cao 3 liang
Gan Jiang 3 liang
Gui Zhi 3 liang
Ren Shen 2 liang
Ban Xia ½ sheng
Da Zao 12 pieces

 

Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang
Ban Xia ½ jin
Gan Jiang 3 liang
Zhi Gan Cao 3 liang
Huang Qin 3 liang
Ren Shen 3 liang
Huang Lian 1 liang
Da Zao 13 pieces

 

Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan
Fu Zi 90 gm
Ren Shen 90 gm
Zhi Gan Cao 90 gm
Gan Jiang 90 gm
Bai Zhu 90 gm

 

Wen Jing Tang
Wu Zhu Yu 9 gm
Gui Zhi 6 gm
Dang Gui 6 gm
Chuan Xiong 6 gm
Shao Yao 6 gm
E Jiao 6 gm
Mai Men Dong 9 gm
Mu Dan Pi 6 gm
Ren Shen 6 gm
Gan Cao 6 gm
Sheng Jiang 6 gm
Zhi Ban Xia 6 gm

 

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4 Responses to What classic formulas can teach us about physiology

  1. This looks really exciting! I wish I could come to Chicago to take this workshop! This is exactly the stuff our profession needs to pay attention to. ..

  2. Topics in Chinese Medicine says:

    Thanks Z’ev I wish you could be there too!

  3. sandra gray says:

    Will this workshop be recorded for later webcast or streaming live for those not in Chicago?

  4. Hello Sharon! I cannot come to chicago that weekend and away at another class. I hope this will be available on Pro D at some point! Making my way through Huang Huang’s pediatric class. Very Nice. Thank-you so much for your contributions and making these courses so accessible. I am finding wonderful success with the classic formulas. Enthusiasm!

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