Forsythia: the Harbinger of Spring!

It’s April in Philadelphia and we are in that glorious moment where everything is popping up yellow. Daffodils are everywhere and forsythia is reaching skyward. In Chinese medicine, Lián Qiào, Forsythiae Fructus连翘 is used as a heat clearing medicinal. The name translates as lián “wagon” and qiào “ a kind of ancient cart. This refers […]

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Using Heat Clearing Herbs to Calm the Spirit

Cara O. Frank, L.OM. Dipl. OM. Introduction: Chinese medicine has always understood and treated the body and the spirit on a continuum. Throughout history, references to emotional experiences are often (but not always) described in terms of their physical symptoms. The impact that heat-clearing herbs and formulas have on the spirit is often underestimated. The […]

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