Category Archives: Herbology

How to Prepare a Bulk Chinese Herbal Formula

By Dr. Kenneth Wang Purpose The purpose of steeping or decocting raw Chinese herbs in a formula is to draw out the therapeutic constituents of the herbs in to the water. The Tea Pot The recommended container is ceramic or glass, and it is important that it has a lid. You should avoid metal or […]

Xin Yi Hua

Xin Yi Hua (Magnolia Flower)  Herb 14 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior    Channels: LU, ST Properties: Spicy, Warm Latin: Flos Magnoliae Lilliflorae Chinese: 辛夷 Tone Marks: xīn yí Actions Disperses Wind-Cold and Opens the Nasal PassagesFor stuffy nose, nasal obstruction, congestion, discharge, loss of smell, and related sinus headache. Can be used for any […]

Sheng Jiang Pi

Sheng Jiang Pi (Fresh Ginger Rhizome Skin)  Herb 11 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior    Channels: LU, SP, ST Properties: Spicy, Cool Latin: Pericarpium Zingiberis Recens Chinese: 生姜皮 Tone Marks: shēng jiāng pí Actions Harmonizes the Middle Jiao Dispels water and reduces edema. Contraindications and Cautions This section is being researched, and is not completed. […]

Sheng Jiang

Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome)  Herb 10 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior      Channels: LU, SP, ST Properties: Spicy, Warm Latin: uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis Chinese: 生姜 Tone Marks: shēng jiāng Actions Releases the Exterior and Warms the Middle JiaoFor exterior Wind-Cold, cold in the stomach causing vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal fullness with pain. Disperses […]

Gui Zhi

Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig, Cassia Twig)  Herb 6 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior    Channels: HT, LU, BL Properties: Spicy, Sweet, Warm Latin: Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae Chinese: 桂枝 Tone Marks: guì zhī Actions Adjusts the Ying and Wei LevelsFor Wind-Cold from deficiency when sweating does not relieve the condition. Warms the Channels and CollateralsFor Wind-Cold […]

Fang Feng

Fang Feng (Ledebouriella Root)  Herb 4 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior    Channels:BL, LIV, SP Properties:Spicy, Sweet, Slightly Warm Latin:Radix Ledebouriellae Divaricatae Chinese:防风 Tone Marks:fáng fēng Translation:Guard Against Wind Actions Releases the Exterior and Stops WindFor common cold with headache, body aches, and stiff neck. Dispels Wind, Cold, and Damp ConditionsFor exterior Wind-Damp painful obstruction, […]

Er Bu Shi Cao

E Bu Shi Cao (Centipeda Herb)  Herb 3 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior    Channels: LU, LIV Properties: Spicy, Warm Latin: Centipedae Minima Herba Chinese: 鹅不食草 Tone Marks: é bù shí căo In Progress…   Contraindications and Cautions This section is being researched, and is not completed. Herb-Drug Interactions This section is being researched, and […]

Cong Bai

Cong Bai (Scallion or Green Onion)  Herb 2 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior    Channels: LU, ST Properties: Spicy, Warm Latin: Bulbus Allii Fistulosi Chinese: 葱白 Tone Marks: cōng bái Actions Releases Wind and Cold and Induces SweatingUsed in the very early stages of Wind-Cold invasion. Invigorates the Yang Qi and Disperses ColdFor cold and […]

Bai Zhi

 Herb 1 of 16 in Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior    Channels: LU, ST Properties: Spicy, Warm Latin: Radix Angelicae Dahuricae Chinese: 白芷 Tone Marks: bái zhĭ Actions Dispels Wind and Stops PainFor external Wind-Cold, especially with sinus or yang Ming headache, supra-orbital pain and sinus congestion. Reduces Pus and SwellingFor early stages of surface level sores. This […]

Chinese classic herbal formula

  Chinese classic herbal formulas (Chinese: 经方) are a form of Chinese herbology, where herbs are combined for greater efficiency, compared to individual herbs. They are the basic herbal formulas that students of Traditional Chinese medicine learn. Later these students will adapt these classic formulas to match the needs of each patient. History Many of these formulas were created […]

Introduce traditional Chinese medicine

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine? Traditional Chinese medicine refers to health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system, which has existed […]