Posts Tagged ‘anxiety’

TCM Kindergarden: Ban Xia and Chen Pi

      We had an Instagram- Facebook Contest a few weeks ago. I posted a query about Ban Xia and Chen Pi. How many formulas can you name with these two herbs, who are great friends. My first herb teacher taught that ban xia and chen pi were the best pair for anything with…

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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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Understanding Ba Wei Chu Fan Tang Eight Flavor Tea to Relieve Vexation

Ba Wei Chu Fan Tang Eight Flavor Tea to Relieve Vexation Ingredients: 半夏 Ban Xia Rh Pinelliae ternatae 厚朴 Hou Po Cx Magnoliae officinalis 紫蘇梗 Zi Su Geng Cl. Perillae frutescentis 茯苓 Fu Ling Scl Poriae cocos 連翹 Lian Qiao Fr Forsythiae suspensae 黃苓 Huang Qin Rx Scutellariae baicalensis 梔子 Shan Zhi Zi Fr Gardeniae…

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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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