Tendancy Action Direction

Tendency of action Ascending / lifting — rise Descending / lowering — fall Floating — disperse Sinking — astringe inward and drain urine and stool These actions are: related to the four qi and five tastes: acrid, sweet, warm and hot pertain to ascending and floating sour, bitter, salty, astringent, cold and cool pertain to […]

Continue reading

Herb Temperatures and Flavors

Four Qi Yin: cool, cold — (such as Huang Qin, Bo He) Yang: warm, hot — ( Fu Zi, Gan Jiang) very hot/cold slightly cold/warm neutral/bland Five tastes: Acrid / pungent Dispersing (Ma Huang, Bo He) Moving ( Mu Xiang, Hong Hua) aromatic: penetrate through turbidity, dissolve dampness, strengthen spleen and open the orifices(Huo Xiang, […]

Continue reading

Chinese Herb Prefixes

  Pin Yin Preparation Example Xian Fresh, Juicy Xian Lu Gen, Xian Huo Xiang Sheng Raw, Uncooked Sheng Gan Cao, Sheng Di Huang Chao Toasted, Dry Fried Chao Bai Zhu, Chao Mai Ya Zhi Honey Fried Zhi Gan Cao, Zhi Huang Qi Zhi Steamed Zhi Da Huang, Zhi Shou Wu Jiao Charred, Over Cooked Jiao […]

Continue reading

Pulse Examination

Four kinds of pulse are the key criteria in examination: the Floating, Deep, Slow, and Rapid. The floating and deep can be discerned by light and heavy pressure of the fingers (respectively). The slow and rapid may (respectively) become the moderate and the racing. This can be identified by (counting) respirations. If a pulse is […]

Continue reading

Four Principles of Yin Yang Theory

  The opposition of yin and yang: Their ability to struggle with and thus control each other in order to maintain a relative physiological balance through mutual opposition of yin and yang. “When yin predominates, yang will be diseased; when yang predominates, yin will be diseased. The interdependence of yin and yang: Neither can exist […]

Continue reading

Yin and Yang Theory

Introduction to Yin and Yang Yin and Yang is one of the most fundamental concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as it is the foundation of diagnosis and treatment. The earliest reference to Yin and Yang is in the I Ching (Book of Changes) in approximately in 700 BC. In this work, all phenomena are said […]

Continue reading