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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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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salt and water

Take a small pinch of salt (preferably pink Himalayan salt) at night before bed with a glass of water. This practice helps keep you hydrated while you sleep. The salt helps you retain water in your circulatory system to combat the loss of moisture from respiration when asleep. The salt also provides many needed trace […]

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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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Five Transformations of Taste

The five transformations (elements) system of the ancient Chinese served as an aid for understanding the limitless correspondences that pervade every facet of life. In the six divisions in the six influences we discover simple yet effective patterns that describe the constitution the condition of an individual. Pungent (Including acrid, Spicy, hot, and aromatic flavors) […]

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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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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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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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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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