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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Dx Definitons: Commonly used terms to describe TCM concepts

AVERSION TO COLD: A symptom usually associated with a Wind invasion where the patient has the chills, but cannot get relief through application of warmth (e.g., covering up with blankets or putting on extra clothes does not warm up the patient). BLOOD STASIS: A pathogenic condition also termed “blood stagnation,” where the flow of blood […]

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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, […]

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Measurement

Measurement 1 lian= 30 g 1 qian=3 g 1 fen=0.3g Dosage is based on: 1) properties of herbs: quality, texture and toxicity 2) combinations and forms of prescriptions( combination, preparation form, and purpose of using herbs) 3) patients( patient’s condition, constitution and age)

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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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Application of Herbs

Application of Herbs: seven emotions / aspects 1. Single application ( such as Du Shen Tang) 2. combinations: 1) mutual reinforcement / accentuation long gu / mu li shi gao / zhi mu da huang / mang xiao ru xiang / mo yao e zhu / san leng cang zu / ban xia hong hua […]

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Herb Suffixes = Part of the Plant

Pin Yin English Latin Example Exception cao herb herba yi mu cao, han lian cao gan cao, long dan cao gen root radix ge gen, ban lan gen gen rhizome rhizoma lu gen, bai mao gen shen root radix dang shen, dan shen zhi twig ramulus gui zhi, sang zhi bu gu zhi, bai zhi […]

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Commonly modified formulas

Part 1 Commonly modified formula Si wu tang (Chuan Xiong, Dang Gui, Shu Di Huang, Bai Shao Yao) tao hong si wu tang xue fu zhu yu tang Ba zhen tang shi quan da bu tang ren shen yang ying tang shao fu zhu yu tang= si wu tang + shi xiao san+ others Si […]

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Wind – Feng

http://www.itmonline.org/articles/feng/feng.htmITM Home Page | Article IndexFENG: The Meaning of Wind in Chinese Medicinewith special attention to acupoint fengchi (GB-20)by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, OregonA term in the field of traditional Chinese medicine that causes considerable difficulty for modern practitioners is wind (feng).  It is known as:one of the six external […]

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Body Fluids

BODY FLUID JIN YE I. Lung, Spleen and Kidney involved in water metabolism. A. Lung: disperses and descends qi and body fluid. If this function of Lung fails, edema may occur, usually in the face. This type of edema is often treated by inducing sweating, using the opening and closing of pores (another function of […]

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