Posts Tagged ‘Classical Formulas’

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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TCM Kindergarten: Jie Geng and Zhi Ke. An amazing pair to open the chest

How do we know for sure what patterns a formula treats? By understanding its construction. All formulas contain a specific architecture for herbal relationships based on actions and flavors. Learning to see these pairs ( and sometimes triplets) helps us to easily gain insight into what’s happening inside an herbal formula. Yesterday I did a…

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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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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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