Si Ni San Drink

On our first day of class, Dr. Huang went into great depth about Si Ni San.  He talked about the presentation that matches Si Ni San and gave us a variety of useful modifications.  Just before lunch he taught us a recipe for patients to make at home that will have a similar action to Si Ni San.  Here is the recipe:

Lemon juice



Mei Gui Hua

The amounts of each ingredient can vary depending on the preferences of the person drinking.

Our garden here has a patch of lemon ginger mint so we poured some hot water of a mix of fresh lemon ginger mint and Mei Gui Hua and after it steeped we mixed in a lot of cold water, lemon and honey.  Everyone had a cup of this delicious drink.  We all agreed that someone should market this!  Yummy and relaxing.

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Healing Wounds

I just returned from teaching in Seattle.  During the class we discussed the use of Bai Ji Bletilla Rhizoma as an herb that not only helps wounds knit, but also clears out the old and rotten.  In a previous blog entry we saw Bai Ji being used in Dr. Qiu Xiaomei’s formula Supplementing Certainty where she described its function as follows:

Bai Ji Rhizoma Bletillae Striata is astringent and can cause closure. It also has the ability to rid the rotten, drive out the congealed and generate the new.

She is referring to what happens when the placenta begins to separate from the wall of the uterus.  The surface of both the uterus and placenta start to dry and congeal.  This is the rotten she is speaking of.  In addition, the rotten Bai Ji helps to rid can also refer to pus and gook that is in the open space of wounds.  Bai Ji helps to clear this so that fresh surfaces remain that can re-adhere to each other.

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Dysmenorrhea Case Work-up

During the Graduate Mentorship Program weekend on dysmenorrhea, we went over cases in order to practice the skills we had just learned.  After going over cases recorded by a variety of well know Chinese medical gynecologists, we went over several cases that had been written up by students.

One of these student cases is the content of this next post.  I turned it into an online presentation that can be viewed


I hope you enjoy this!


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New Blog and Websites

The old website was built initially in 1998 and was sort of a dionasaur

Hello all,

For the last month I have been holed up in front of my computer trying to learn the software I needed to recreate this blog and recreate the whole White Pine Website.  The old website was built initially in 1998 and was sort of a dionasaur – pages built on pages with umpteen links to keep track of and it was just plain hard to navigate.  The blog also had significant limitations.

So a month later and hours and hours of tutorials on wordpress and joomla, the new sites are finished! Continue reading

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Ten Key Formula Families for Cancer

I created this presentation to give you all a chance to see how I’ve applied Dr. Huang Huang’s work for cancer patients.  Dr. Huang Huang is coming to teach at White Pine Healing Arts this July for 3 days on this topic.  I’m really excited for this course.  Already, his teachings on the 10 key formula families has influenced my work with patients suffering from cancer in such a positive way.  I’ve tried to illustrate this in this presentation.  My hope is that this will inspire students and practitioners to study with Dr. Huang.

To access the presentation click here

To get information about Dr. Huang Huang’s July course click here

For information about the 10 Key Formula Family online course click here

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Opening-Through Presentation

In this entry, I am offering a presentation taken from a class I recently taught.  I went into some detail about the method of opening through.  At the end of the presentation I have included two case studies from my own practice.  The intent of these case studies is to show how the opening through method can be used for pathology in which the main complaint is clearly not gynecological.  In these cases, though this is true, taking into account the blocked menses was clearly an important aspect of the diagnosis and treatment.  I hope you find this as interesting and useful as I do!  Click below to start it.

Opening Through Presentation

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Anxiety about practicing…

When we practice Chinese medicine, it is very important that we are aware of our anxiety.  Anxiety is normal for a practitioner.  After all, people are coming to us for help and paying us for our expertise.  If we are not aware of out anxiety it can tend to run our practice without our knowledge, negatively influencing our effectiveness.  Awareness of this anxiety can help us to slow down and give our process of diagnosis and treatment strategizing the time and attention it needs.

Click here for the presentation and please enjoy!

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Women’s Physiology

Recently I taught a class as part of the Graduate Mentorship Program that began a series of classes we will be doing on women’s health.  I began with a discussion of women’s physiology based quite a bit on the work of Fu Qingzhu, a famous gynecologist from the Qing Dynasty.  My own gynecology teachers drew extensively from the work of Fu Qingzhu in the development of their own methods.

I turned the women’s physiology portion of this class into a presentation for the blog.  You can access the handouts for this presentation by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner of the presentation screen.  I’d love to hear your comments.

Click here for the presentation and please enjoy!

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益腎通经汤 Yi Shen Tong Jing Tang Boost the Kidneys and Open-Through the Menstruation Decoction

In this next entry on Dr. Xia’s opening through methods, we learn some very interesting principles.  His formula, Yi Shen Tong Jing Tang is indicated for Kidney deficiency type amenorrhea or scanty menstruation.  However the mechanism of the formula works with the Heart’s descending action to both supplement the Kidneys and to open through the menstruation.  This formula and this chapter on the formula illustrates a fundamental aspect of women’s physiology that is not often described.  This is the relationship between the Heart Qi and the vessels of the womb.  The Heart Qi must descend to the womb.

It is also interesting to note that Dr. Xia uses this formula for adolescent women who are suffering from amenorrhea, scanty or late menstruation.  He makes clear that there must be some vaginal discharge present to begin this formula.  In other words, if the woman is completely dry, with no vaginal discharge, the first treatment principle must be to increase moisture.  When the moisture just begins to show – that is the time to use this formula.  After using this formula, the vaginal discharge and ovulation mucous will begin to flow even more abundantly.

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进退温经汤 Jin Tui Wen Jing Tang Modified Warm the Menses Decoction

This is the next entry in this series of entries.  If you haven’t read the previous 3 entries, I recommend you go back and read them.  Each entry is an expansion of the previous one.

Here we expand on the idea of opening through by looking at blocked menstruation when there is cold.  Dr. Xia has created this formula based on Wen Jing Tang (Warm the Menses Decoction). What i didn’t realize before reading this chapter, is that there is another formula named Wen Jing Tang besides the one from the Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essentials from the Golden Cabinet).  There is a formula of the same name from the Fu Ren Da Quan Liang Fang (Complete Book of Effective Formulas for Women).  The ingredients of this formula are as follows: Continue reading

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