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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Qi

I. Definition A. Broad: Basic substance constituting the universe. Everything in the universe is a result of the movement and change of Qi • Earth = Yin Qi = land and water • Heavens = Yang Qi = sky and air • Qi is material, but in a non-material form • Energy and function • […]

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