Herbs

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…

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A Rose is a Rose: How we use roses in Chinese Medicine

A Rose Is A Rose Cara O. Frank, L.OM. Valentine’s day has come and gone. But it got me thinking about the roses we use in Chinese herbal medicine. There are 3 roses that are generally taught in Chinese herbal programs: Two are flowers and one is a rose hip. Méi Gui Huā 玫瑰花 Flos Rosae…

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Short PDF on using Chinese herbs to treat fractures

Yesterday I had the privilege of being a featured speaker and the first annual Sports Acupuncture Alliance. The topics I covered included the treatment of neck and shoulder pain, sciatica and piriformis syndrome. I had worked on my handout for months and the topic evolved. One section that I omitted was the treatment of fractures.…

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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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Photo Album: Warm Herbs that Release the Exterior

Enjoy these photos and use them to study your visual herb identification. Ma Huang, Cong Bai and Sheng Jiang are not included in this collection. Gui Zhi enters the Heart, Lung, and Urinary Bladder channels. Gui Zhi is Acrid, Sweet, and Warm.                          …

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