Using Herbs That Clear Heat To Calm The Spirit

For many years I’ve used cool and cold herbs and formulas to treat patients with anxiety, agitation and insomnia. A recent discussion online about the terms we use to describe anxiety and vexation led me to revisit this piece I wrote in 2013. It’s long been an academic and clinical preoccupation of mine. I was […]

Formulas that clear Summerheat

Summer is here, and it is hot. Let’s talk about formulas that clear Summerheat.    Cara O. Frank, L.OM.     If you’ve been following me, you’ll notice a pattern in my writing: I’ve been preoccupied with iterations of heat clearing herbs and formulas for a decade. My attention has evolved this year towards restoration: Recently, […]

Cicada’s are Medicine

After 17 years, Cicadas are emerging with a synchronous racket. These prehistoric insects live for only 2 weeks and for me, it’s the sound of summer. In Chinese medicine, we use cicada molting as medicine. Chán tuì in Chinese, is special in that it’s one of the few medicinals that treats both internal and external […]


Shi Gao Formulas: Bai Hu Jia Ren Shen Tang Bai Hu Tang Chai Ge Jie Ji Tang Da Qin Jiao Tang Da Qing Long Tang Fang Feng Tong Sheng San Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang Qing Wen Bai Du Yin Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang Wu Hu Tang Xiao Feng San Xie Huang San Xin […]

A Rose is a Rose

Mei Gui Hua is a Goldilocks herb: It moves qi, but it’s not excessively scattering, and it regulates blood without being excessively dispersing. It harmonizes the Liver, Spleen, and Stomach and regulates menses. It’s neither too hot nor too cold: It’s just right.

Forsythia: the Harbinger of Spring!

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 to the shape of the bud which somewhat resembles ancient wagons[1].

​The Treatment of Vertigo And Ménière’s Disease with TCM

The following is an excerpt from one of my book chapters on TCM Case Histories: Eye, Ears, Nose, and Throat Disorders. Vertigo Due To Auricular Illness encompasses vertigo as well as Ménière’s disease. Vertigo is defined as the illusion of motion. It can include chronic or intermittent sensations of loss of balance. The causes of […]

The Treatment of Bells Palsy in TCM

The following is an excerpt from book TCM Case Studies: Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders, published by Peoples Medical Publishing House.  The full chapter with comparison cases and more discussion will be in the book. I hope that you find this helpful.

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