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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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