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 […]

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preparation and administration of herbs

preparation and administration of herbs 1. Decoct these herbs first 1) toxic herb fu zi, chuan wu, cao wu —30-60 mins or until tongue is numbless 2) minerals, shells, stones long gu, mu li, daizhe shi, shi gao, shi jue ming, ci shi, zhen zhu, gui ban, biejia, shui niu jiao 3) some tonifying herbs […]

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The Science of Distant Healing

The Science of Distant Healing By Srinivasan Pillay http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/the-science-of-distant-he_b_177986.html There is much written about how our good intentions help others. But can your good intentions really reach someone who is not physically present, and how do we know this? In this column, I will present the current evidence that discusses this phenomenon and provide some […]

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Channels / Meridians Entered

The medical function indicates the channels an herb will enter and the channel distribution reflects the herb’s medical function. This is based on the Theory of: the Theory of Zang-fu organs the Theory of Channels

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Herbs contraindication in pregnancy

Herbs contraindication in pregnancy 1. absolute contraindication 1) herbs with toxicity or drastic action( shui yin, xiong huang, ban mao, ma qian zi, chan chu, chuan wu, cao wu, li lu, gu di, ba dou, gan sui, da ji, yuan hua, qian niu zi, shang lu) 2) herbs that move qi and blood strongly: (such […]

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Xue (Blood)

BLOOD XUE I. Definition A. Red liquid, rich in nutrition, circulates in blood vessels. B. Form of Qi, more concentrated; dense form of Qi; inseparable from Qi. C. Blood carries Qi; Qi attached on Blood; Qi moves and pushes Blood to circulate. II. Formation A. Food and water / B. Nutritive Qi, Kidney Essence and […]

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Botanical Terms

Achene—a small, dry fruit that contains one loose seed and that does not split open spontaneously Acuminate—tapering gradually to a point at the apex Acute—coming sharply to a point at the apex Alternate—arranged singly at different points along a stem or axis Annual—completing the cycle from seed to death in one year of season Apex—the […]

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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 […]

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Herb Prefixes = Preparation

Pin Yin Preperation 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 […]

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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 […]

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