The experience in the use of
Chinese herbal therapy
By Dr. Qing-An Wang
use of herb Han Lian Cao in the treatment of liver diseases.
Early previous years, I treated a patient with chronic
hepatitis. The patient is in a Yin deficient condition. He felt
chronic fatigue, heavy arms and legs, ache in the right upper
belly, had urine of yellow color and his tongue covering is
slight yellow and greasy. He was given treatment of Qi
nourishing, toxic dispelling, Wet-Hot clearing therapy but the
result was not satisfied. Ten days later, his condition became
dry throat, sour in lower back and legs, with the same
tiredness. This is the sign that the body Yin has been affected,
since the herb Shengdi and Maidong in the formula is not so
proper for the hepatitis patient with Wetness condition. So, I
added herb Han Liang Cao 50 grams in each dose. To my surprise,
on the second day, the condition was much approved. On the third
day, all conditions went away! It is so different with the use
of the herb Han Lian Cao. It is believed in the Chinese herbal
pharmacology that, herb Han Lian Cao can protect liver and to
detoxify. When it is used in patient with both Yin deficiency
and Wetness accumulation, it can dissolve the contradiction, in
which the herbs that nourish the Yin will cause more Wetness in
the body. The herb Han Lian Cao can both nourish the Yin to
support the defense ability of the body,
and dispel the extra Wetness from the body, as well as
cooling blood and detoxify. In addition, its use does not make
the Wetness worse. For this reason, it becomes a must-use herb
whenever I treat hepatitis with Wet-Hot condition.
is not so difficult to reduce the blood level of
to make disappear of jaundice in patient with hepatitis.
However, it could be really difficult in some cases. For those
hard cases, I have tried to add 5 grams of Bai Fan in the herbal
formula to detoxify and to reduce the blood aminopherase level.
The result is really good. However, it should not be continued
to use once the blood level of aminopherase returns to normal.
The blood aminopherase level usually does not rebound back. It
is the ingredient that works fastest, among all herbs that I
know to reduce aminopherase.
with chronic hepatitis usually has Qi deficiency condition, such
as feeling tired, etc. Therefore, the use of herb Huang Qi is
very important in such patient. However, what I want to
emphasize is its dose to use. I usually use 100 to 150 grams of
Huang Qi. Patient can feel difference within four days. If the
dose is less than 60 grams, it may not work from time to time or
it works slowly. More important, it works to nourish the defense
Qi to dispel disease Qi, so that it is also worthwhile to be
used in those patients without apparent Qi deficiency condition.
It is well
known that Bie Jia can be used to treat cirrhosis. Two years
ago, I have used single Bie Jia to treat a patient with
cirrhosis and ascites. Later, when use B-ultra sound to check,
there is no any sign of liver disease. It surprised Western
medicine doctors. Another herb ingredient, Herb Hai Zao, can
also be used for the treatment of cirrhosis, but it is much less
effective than the Bie Jia. Bie Jia can solve cirrhosis, and it
can also, due to its contents of animal gum and horn protein,
work to inhibit or retard fibrosis in liver, to increase blood
level of proteins, and to improve overall body condition. But
the weakness is that it can only be used in patients with Yin
Pu Gong Ying
treatment of liver diseases, some doctors like to use
Bitter-Cold herbs, some use herb Da Huang to induce diarrhea so
as to dispel toxic. I myself believe that, a long term use of
Bitter-Cold herbs is easy to hurt Spleen system in body and a
long term use of herb Da Huang with its diarrhea effect is easy
to damage health-maintaining Qi. Those herbs may be used in
acute condition, but they are not good to be used for a long
time in chronic condition. The herbs that need to be used for a
long time should be safe, no toxic or less toxi, and their Cold
or Hot herbal nature should be mild. The herb Pu Gong Ying is my
first priority to chose. It works very well in clinic. Its
goodness is safe and no toxic. The second choice is herb Sang Ji
Sheng (its effect of inhibiting growth of virus is very
apparent, and it can also nourish Liver and Kidney system in
body), herb Baihuashe She Cao, and herb Gan Cao, etc. For those
of patients with apparent Wet-Hot condition, herb Pu Gong Ying
can stimulate diarrhea, to create an exit for Xie Qi to be
dispelled out of body. (When the diarrhea happens, the Pu Gong
Ying can be stop to use, or add another herb Bai Zhu in the same
patients with chronic hepatitis show Yang deficiency. For those,
I like to use ingredient Feng Fang. It can work both to nourish
the Yang Qi and to dispel Xie Qi out of body. Chronic hepatitis
is easy to have such Yang deficiency condition, since the toxic
Xie Qi hides deep in the liver, glues with Wetness, in addition
of the weakness of health-maintaining Qi, the Xie Qi sticks and
hard to solve. The Wet Xie Qi belongs Yin in Xie Qi nature. It
tends to hurt body Yang Qi. The herb Feng Fang works to nourish
the body Yang Qi, to melt the Wet Xie Qi, and to dispel Xie Qi
out of body – three functions to solve hepatitis.
the organ in the body to detoxify, so for patients with liver
disease, the dose of herbal or western medicine chemical drugs
should be too large to increase the burden to the liver.
Impotency and premature ejaculation
Shen (red ginseng)
patients with over weight and weakness in energy, showing Yang
deficiency or Qi deficiency, the herb Hong Shen can nourish the
body Yuan Qi (Life Qi, Life energy). It also works very well for
male impotency. I usually add it into herbal formula when the
conventional therapy does not work well. It is my last choice
for such patient. The dose is between 20 and 30 grams (if the
Red ginseng is farm planted, not a wild one).
(2). Gou Qi
Herb Gou Qi
Zi is proper to use in patients with deficiency in Jing and
Blood due to over sexual activity. There is a old saying that,
do not eat Gou Qi Zi when you leaves home for long time. It
suggests that it has strong ability to nourish the sex function.
Though its effect is slow, it is very practically useful. It
works to nourish the Kidney and the Jing Qi to solve impotency,
and can work with other Yang-nourishing herbs to solve the
possible side effects of dryness by these Yang-nourishing herbs.
When used for more than 50 grams, its healing effect will be
patients with low desire for sex, the herb Yin Yang Huo is the
first one to chose. From its name, it can be known that it makes
sheep or goat like sexual activity. When used in clinic, it
indeed works for human too. If a patient has Kidney Yang
deficiency condition, use 20 to 50 grams of it. It is my mostly
used herb in the treatment of impotency.
years ago, I treated a patient who has impotency for ten years.
He had tried many
various remedies without any improvement. I used this herb as
the main ingredient, with its dose up to 70 grams, and with the
herb Gou Qi Zi to prevent its sharp-drying side effect. The
patient got a success sex intercourse on the second day. After
that, its dose was reduced and kept in lower dose for some time
for a maintenance. It was no longer a problem for him for two
The secret of
Chinese herbal therapy is the dose. This is well dominated true
in this case. In most cases, it is used for 15 to 30 grams. Its
dose is adjusted according to the clinic condition. Over use of
it may cause dry throat, but no any other side effects were
that, the herb Wu Gong can be used in any kind of impotency
without the need of a specific Traditional Chinese Medicine
(TCM) diagnosis. First, for the impotency due to emotional
depression, it works to lose Liver meridian to improve
impotency; second, for that due to block of blood vessels
(arteriosclerosis), it works to clear the block of blood clots,
so to improve impotency; the third, the herb Wu Gong per se has
strong effect to strengthen the sexual ability. One thing I
should mention here: it was found in the early several cases
that the herb Wu Gong and Gou Qi
Zi, when cooked in water to drink, work much between
than they are grinded into powder to swallow. The reason is
still unknown. However to keep the high healing effect, the
water-cook way is continuously used up to now.
It is used
in the formula for nocturnal emission and premature ejaculation.
Some one may feel stranger to use it in such clinic conditions,
since both conditions belong to the close of urine tract but
leakage of sperm tract. If not use diuretic medicine to open the
urine tract but only use contracting medicine to close the sperm
tract, it is often felt that, the more use of the closing
medicine, the condition is more difficult to improve. Therefore,
in the use of herbs, such as Wuweizi, Sangpiaoxiao and
Jingyingzi, add the herb Hua Shi in the formula, taking the
consideration of both closing and contracting for the treatment.
This is a secret in using herbs for the treatment. This way is
also useful to prevent sticking Xie Qi in the body in patient
with Wet-Hot condition, due to the use of the closing herbs.
patients with impotency and premature ejaculation, some are due
to emotional stress, such psychological reason. For such
patients, I usually use Liver-loosening, depression-calming
therapy as main therapy, and a Liver-nourishing and
Kidney-nourishing therapy as a complementary therapy. For other
due to over sexual activity or stimulation, or due to too much
manustupration, I commonly use the double nourish of Yin and
Yang, with the consideration of getting Yang from the Yin, and
getting Yin from the Yang. The use of exact herbs depends on the
overweigh patient, they usually have Qi deficiency and Yang
deficiency, and have extra Wet and phlegm
in the body. For those patients, it is needed to use herbs to
nourish the Qi and the Yang, as well as to dissolve the phlegm
and to expel the extra Wet from the body.
patients with diabetes or for elderly patients, these problems
are more due to local arteriosclerosis that reduces blood supply
to the penis. In Chinese medicine, it is also due to the
co-exist of Kidney deficiency and blood stagnation. The
treatment should take into consideration of nourishing Kidney,
activating blood circulation and smoothing meridian. The herbs
should be used are such as Wu Gong, Di Long (earthworm), etc.
There is also some other reasons to cause the premature
ejaculation or nocturnal emission, such as Wet-Hot accumulation.
It is not to be discussed further more here.
pain due to Qi stagnation, the single herb Zhi Shi works well. I
feel that it is the most effective herb among all herbs used to
solve stomach pain. I myself suffered from stomach pain several
years ago. From beginning, it happed occasionally, later, it
became frequent. I have tried to use herb Yu Jing and Hou Po,
etc. None works. Finally, ten grams of Zhi Shi worked to stop
the pain. From the second of the use of Zhi Shi, the pain had
never come back. From then on, it became as must-use herb when I
treat stomach pain due to Qi stagnation. In clinic, it usually
showed healing effect on the day to use it. If the stomach pain
is due to Spleen deficiency with belly bloating feeling, it is
needed to use Si Jun Zi Tang together to solve the symptoms and
the cause of the stomach disease.
(2). San Qi
pain due to blood stagnation, in which the pain feels in fixed
spot, severe at night and pulse is unsmooth, I will first choose
the herb San Qi. I myself feel that it works better than herb Wu
Ling Zhi and Pu Huang. Its healing effect can be well
demonstrated in such stomach pain due to blood stagnation. In
addition, it also works well to stop bleeding in gastric ulcer
cases, if the bleeding is due to the blood stagnation condition.
In this later case, it works both to stop bleeding and to
improve blood circulation.
(3). Pu Gong Ying
Gong Ying is good at the treatment of carbuncle and ulcer. It
works to clear blood stagnation syndrome in stomach. For erosive
gastritis, gastric ulcer with inflammation, which belongs to
stagnation-Hotness condition, it works very well to stop the
gastric pain. The root works much better than other parts of the
plant. If the CTM diagnosis is correct, its healing effect is
very fast to cure.
atrophic gastritis with intestinal metaplasia, diagnosed by
western medicine, it might be related with the development of a
cancer. The TCM herbs could work to make it disappear, but it is
beyond the ability of plant herbs. So, I usually use Chuan Shan
Jia, plus the use of Wu Ling Zhi and Pu Huang to motivate blood
circulation, to dissolve blood stagnation, to remove dead tissue
and to improve new tissue growth, in addition with the use of
Baihuashe She Cao to detoxify and to prevent cancer. This type
of gastritis is usually with poor secretion of gastric juice. I
add herb Wu Mei (plum) to develop Yin and to improve gastric
It is quite
complex for the classification of gastric disease in Chinese
medicine. The illness is also related to the function and
disorder in the Liver and Spleen system in the body. For this
reason, the diagnosis in TCM is very important to gain satisfied
healing result. For those of gastritis with both Hot and Cold
condition in the stomach, the formula of Gancao Xiexin Tang can
be used. The amount of fresh ginger and herb Huang Lian in the
formula should be adjusted according to the extent of the Hot
and Cold. For chronic gastric ulcer, add herb Huang Qi to
nourish the middle health-maintaining Qi, and add herb Bai Ji to
improve new tissue growth in the stomach, under the ground of a
correct diagnosis in TCM and with the use of basic herbs. This
is only a example to say.
in anemia due to lose of blood or due to gastric diseases, the
herb Huang Qi works to nourish the Qi so as to stimulate the
production of blood, according to the relationship between the
Qi and Blood in the TCM concept. When the Qi is in deficient
condition, it fails to hold blood in the blood vessels to cause
bleeding. In this later case, herb Huang Qi works to support the
Qi so to make more Qi to control the blood within the blood
vessels. When in Spleen deficient condition, the source of Qi is
not enough. The use of Huang Qi can nourish the Spleen to
produce more Qi in the body, so to produce more blood.
Jiao can be used for the treatment of aplastic anemia. It works
on the Kidney. The Kidney dominates the bone in the body, the
bone produces bone marrow, the bone marrow produces the Jing,
and the Jing develops into the blood. So, the use of Lu Jiao
Jiao can nourish the Kidney, so as to stimulate the production
of blood. This means the Jing and the blood shares the same
source. To treat aplastic anemia, we must pay attention to the
Kidney. I have tried two cases with aplastic anemia, with the
addition of also Gui Ban Jiao and Can Sha, and so on. The
results are impressing.
aplastic anemia, the herbal formula of Gui Lu Er Xian Tang is
the first choice. However, it is with greasy nature, and not
suit for a long time intake. The herb Can Sha works to nourish
Spleen and to dispel Wetness, so to solve this side effect
problem. Another reason to choose the herb Can Sha is that, it
is found that it has clearly strong improving effect on bone
marrow to produce various stem cells for blood cells, and it can
improve the repair of the base material of bone, so to improve
the recovery of the bone function to produce blood cells.
(4). Ci Shi
(or another herb ingredient Dai Zhe Shi)
deficiency anemia, as its name, is due to short of iron in the
body. So, in the treatment of such anemia, we can consider to
add some ingredient that contains iron, to produce blood cells.
It is much fast than supplying iron from diet. You may try it.
It has been
observed that, the herb He Shou Wu, when used for the treatment
of anemia, works much better than herb Danggui,
and its effect is similar to that of A Jiao.
I usually use 50 grams
of it. It contains lecithin, that is the major raw material of
cell membrane, and can promote blood production. It is a
must-use ingredient when I treat anemia.
(6). Lu Fan
Lu Fan is
the main ingredient in the treatment of anemia due to
disease. The treatment of anemia should not only pay attention
to the production of more blood. The cause for the anemia must
be verified and be treated. Such as for the anemia due to
hookworm disease, it cannot be solved without the treatment for
the hookworm disease per se. The inflammation due to the
hookworm can cause Spleen deficiency, which then cause bleeding
(the function of the Spleen system in TCM is to maintain blood
within the blood vessels) and cause Wet-Hotness, plus the
weakness due to metabolic waste material by the worms, the
principle in the treatment should be to nourish Spleen, to
dispel Wet-Hot and to kill the worm.
reasons can cause anemia. In the treatment of anemia, we should
find the cause before the treatment for the symptoms. Here it is
needed to have both disease-diagnosis (western medicine
diagnosis), as well as the TCM syndrome diagnosis. For example
for the anemia due to blood loss, we need to treat the cause for
the loss of blood, such as in chronic gastritis, we should treat
the gastritis, etc. There is a formula that works very well for
the anemia. It is the formula Rensheng Yangying Tang. In
addition, for simple anemia, diet therapy works well too, such
as eating pig liver and Chinese date, etc.
5. Recurrent mouth ulcer
belongs to accumulated Fire in the Heart and Spleen system of
the body. Patients may have several ulcer in the mount mucus. It
feels burning and pain, with bad odor in mouth and constipation.
The herb Hu Huang Lian is my first chose in the treatment of
mouth ulcer. It works to dispel Fire and dirty material from the
body. In clinic, we can also use herbal formula Banxia Xiexin
Tang with some adjustment of its ingredients. We can also add
herb Pu Gong Ying to clear Fire and to clear toxic. My own
experience is that, the herb Hu Huang Lian is very strong in its
(2). Xi Xin
Herb Xi Xin
is a traditionally used herb to cure ulcer. It works to clear
Wet and speed up wound healing and to reduce pain. However, it
is not suitable for the treatment of the mouth ulcer caused by
False Fire syndrome.
Rou Gui is used for the mouth ulcer due to Yin deficiency, False
Fire overwhelming condition. It works to bring the Life Fire
back to its storage place (Kidney). Such kind of mouth ulcer
comes and goes, comes again and again. The person usually has
Yin deficiency condition. In the treatment, it is very necessary
to use Rou Gui to collect and to bring the floating Fire back to
Kidney. I usually use 5 grams.
I treated a
case with intractable mouth ulcer. The local ulcer wound is very
severe. The use of Fire-clearing and wound-healing herbs do not
work at all. Later, I treated it according to poison-stagnation
theory, added herb ingredient Wu Gong and Zao Jiao Ci
in the original herbal formula, the healing became very fast. I
have used this herb to solve severe wound due to other reasons,
such as bed ulcer.
It is the
priority to use herb Huang Qi for mouth ulcer in which the wound
does not heal for a long time, and it became worse when
exhausted by over work. Herb Huang Qi is good at clearing toxic
or poisons in the wound and at stimulating new tissue to grow.
It is much more suitable for such intractable mouth ulcer.
However, the dose has to be large to get healing effect.
ulcer, it is not too difficult to treat for a newly happened
ulcer, but it is really difficult for a old and chronic one.
Generally speaking, for a newly occurred mouth ulcer,
Fire-clearing and toxic-dispelling formula can work. The chronic
mouth ulcer generally belongs to weakness condition. Based on
the pulse, either Yin-nourishing, or Yi-nourishing herbal
formula should be used. For those pure and single ulcer without
We-Hot and toxic accumulation, herb Bai Ji can be added in the
formula to stimulate healing of wound. For external used herbs,
I prefer Er Cha Feng. Patients craving for cigarette smoking or
alcohol, of for spicy food should avoid such things too.
6. Hyperplasia of mammary glands
Uncooked MaiYa (Malt)
hyperplasia of mammary glands might be caused from beginning by
emotional disorders, which cause Liver Qi stagnation. For
chronic case, it is also usually due to the same or similar
reason to become worse or recurrent. The herb Mai Ya works to
loose the Liver Qi, to solve the Qi stagnation to solve the this
problem. Another reason to use it is that it has been evidenced
in herbal pharmacology that it inhibits the secretion of hormone
prolactin, so to gain additional healing effect. If the Liver Qi
stagnation is severe, herb Chai Hu can be added. For the Mai Ya,
I usually use 100 gram. It does not work if the dose is small.
of node (tubercle) which is caused by long time Liver Qi
Stagnation that causes Fire and Phlegm accumulation in the
breast, and which is located under the skin but out of the fibro
membrane that folds muscles, it is the herb Bai Jie Zi that must
be used for the treatment. The node in the hyperplasia of
mammary glands are just between the skin and the fibro membrane,
and the herb Bai Jie Zi is good at clearing such node, certainly
it should be used.
of mammary glands usually belongs to the stagnation and
accumulation of phlegm and dead blood. Among the herbs that work
to clear the phlegm, the herb Chuan Shan Jia works the best. It
is well known that it can smooth and to conduct the breast milk
secretion, nor to speak of its breaking the stagnated node.
Quite often, I met patients who had breast pain after over
stretching the arms and chest during heavy labor work. For such
pain, I treated it according to external damage to use herb Tu
Bie Chong. Up to now, I did not see any case with no effects. If
some one worry the herb Chuan Shan Jia too expensive, the herb
Tu Bie Chong is the best alternative choice.
node, it is hard to make it disappear. The treatment should
target the soften the hard node to make it disappear. The herb
Bai Jiang Can works to soft and melt hard node, to smooth
meridian. Together with other herbs, such as Zhe Bei and Hai Zao,
it improve the disappear of the node in breast.
years ago, I met a patient with breast fibrosis. Considering the
fact that herb Bie Jia works for fibrosis in liver, it should
also be effective in the breast. I asked the patient grind the
Bie Jia into powder, fold in capsule to take for two months.
Later after check by western medicine, the fibrosis disappeared.
formula Er Zhi Tang plus Yin and Tu
four herbs : Han Lian Cao, Nu Zhen Zi, Yin Yang Huo and Tu Si Zi.
The first two herbs nourish the Yin and the later two nourish
the Yang. In combination, they work to adjust the Chong and Ren
meridians. Adjust their ratio according to patient’s Yin and
Yang, see which is relatively more overwhelming and which is
less sufficient, use more Yin-nourishing herbs or the
Yang-nourishing herbs. This is my main principle to re-balance
the disorder in the Yin and Yang (disorder of endocrine system)
in the body. This is because this disease (the hyperplasia in
mammary glands) is also related to the disorder of Yin and Yang
(disorder in the endocrine system).
hyperplasia in mammary glands is quite common. All of you are
familiar with the treatment. My way of the treatment might be
well known by you, so I will feel embarrassed if I continue here
to talk too much.
7. Stone in urine tract
Yin herbs refer to the herb Jin Qian Cao, Hai Jin Sha and Ji Nei
Jin. They are well known herbs to stimulate and to improve stone
dispelling. To mention them here is to remind the readers do not
forget it. It is not needed to tell the reason to use them.
Every one knows it.
(2). Tu Bie
It is very
painful when the stone starts to move in the urine tract. In
Chinese medicine, such pain belongs to blood stagnation. The
herb Tu Bie Chong is good at the treatment of lower back pain
due to blood stagnation. It is also suitable to be used here
since it follows the same mechanism. To motivate blood
circulation is one of the major ways to solve the stone syndrome
in urine tract. I usually also use herb San
E Zhu, and Chuan Niu Xi. It is better to use the
herb Chuan Shan Jia too if it is available.
(3). Wu Yao
stagnation and Cold pain in the lower belly, I like to use herb
Wu Yao to improve Qi movement, to dispel Cold, so as to stop the
pain. However, the dose should be large. It needs more than 30
grams. The pain in the urine tract due to stone is very painful,
and it may hurt the kidney, so it should be solved as soon as
possible to use large dose herbal therapy, under the condition
of safe. Large amount of herb Wu Yao can enlarge urine tract, so
to improve the discharge the stone.
(4). Fu Zi
herb Fu Zi works to nourish the Yang. The Yang in the body
dominates the motivation and the movement. When the Yang Qi is
sufficient, the body then has enough power to push out the
stone. I found that many herbal formulae neglected this.
herbs that work to smooth urination and to solve infection in
the urine tract, herb Hua Shi is the one that I must use. I like
its name: its name in Chinese means to slipper stone. There is a
famous TCM doctor who said that Hua Shi works to smooth urine
tract, and it is good for stone to discharge out.
(6). Hu Bo
In old TCM
formulae for the treatment of urine stone, the herb Hua Shi is
the major part in most formulae. It works to improve urination,
to solve infection, to activate blood circulation, and dissolve
blood stagnation. It can also work to stop urine bleeding. It is
the herb that I always use in the treatment of the urine stone.
of urine stone syndrome with infection and difficulty in
urination, or there is cessation in urination, I some times may
consider to use herb Xin Ren and Jie Gen to improve the
dispersing function of the Lung so as to improve the urination.
This is based on the consideration that the Lung has function of
dispersion and descend function in the body.
This is a useful way. It works similar to open the lid of
a tea pot so to improve the running of the tea from the tea pot.
I use the similar way in the treatment of the difficult
urination due to hyperplasia of prostate too.
urine tract stone condition is not healed after one week, it
would be needed to add herb Sheng Di, to prevent the damage of
Yin due to the use of urination herbs. For the condition in
which the pain is frequent and severe to tolerate, add herb Quan
Xie powder 4 grams (swallow only), or add more amount of herb
Bai Shao and Gan Cao. For urine bleeding, add herb Xue Yu Tang
and Xiao Jin to improve urination and to stop bleeding. For
stronger body condition, add herb Wei Ling Xian to increase the
for force to dispel stone. For weak body condition, add herb
Huang Qi or Kidney-nourishing herbs to increase the force to
push down the stone. For this stone condition, the herb Niu Xie
and Shan Zha are the disease-targeting herb. If the stone is
bigger than 1.5 cm, or the herbal therapy does not work, and the
water accumulation is too much in the kidney, the surgical
operation has to be considered as the last choice.
8. Varicose vein condition
functions to pump the blood to circulate. When patient stands
for a long time, his insufficient Qi would be able to push the
blood moving up, so the blood becomes stagnated in the veins in
the legs to block the blood vessels. The blood vessels so are
damaged to become varicose like. The herb Huang Qi nourishes the
Qi to increase the power to push the blood up. It can also bring
the blood moving up by it self. So, it is the function of the
Huang Qi to improve the blood circulation upwards.
(2). Gou Qi
liver blood is not sufficient from the birth (it can be genetic
problem, in which the blood vessels are thin and weak), of if
the person has emotional problem (such as anxiety or
depression), which hurts the liver to cause blood dryness, which
again cause the poor nutrition on the blood vessels, so as to
make the vessels being weak in the walls, the blood become
stagnated in the vessels, further more makes the vessels become
curved and twisted. The herb Gou Qi Zi nourishes liver blood.
When the liver blood is sufficient to nourish the vessels, it
can repair the vessel wall to improve its flexibility.
medicine, this illness is called leg tendon tumor, since it
looks as a bumping mass and touches hard. So there is need to
use some herbs to soft it and to disperse the bumping mass. The
herb Hai Zao is one of the herbs that I used quite often.
and Di Long
It tends to
have Phlegm accumulation in a long term disease condition. It is
also true when the blood vessels are blocked or stagnated for a
time. When the Phlegm and the stagnated blood come together,
they make worse the block of the blood circulation. I like to
use these two herbs, for the reason that they can both disperse
the Phlegm and improve the circulation, as well as they are
powerful than the plant herbs in such sticky condition.
(5). Fu Zi
with a chronic disease usually have cold pain in the legs. No
matter it is due to Cold-Wet or to a Yang deficiency condition,
the herb Fu Zi is a proper one to use. The Fu Zi moves in the
body without stick in a specific location, it moves to all the
meridians, and it works powerful in the stagnated spot as well.
When it is used together with the herbs that work to improve the
movement of Qi and the circulation of the Blood, the effect of
the Fu Zi is much more impressive. This is the same reason to
use it in the treatment of urine stone condition above.
varicose vein condition is caused due to Yang deficiency and
Blood stagnation, the herbal formula Yang He Tang can be used.
If it is due to Qi deficiency and blood stagnation, use formula
Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang. After chose of the proper herbal formula,
add some other more herbs under the consideration of above
experience and explanation, the healing effect can be much more
improved. If the pain is frequent, add herb Wu Gong and Quan Xie.
If the leg is weak, add herb Yin Yang Huo and Niu Xi, etc.
purpura is usually caused by Blood Hotness, which pushes blood
run out of blood vessels. The herbal formula Xi Jiao Di Huang
Tang is the most useful one in such condition. However, the herb
Xi Jiao is hard to be available. It is well known that it can be
replaced by buffalo horn. I have tried in many cases
and found that, using the buffalo horn 30 grams to 50
grams, the formula works very well.
purpura belongs to a weakness condition, the mostly used
therapies for the weakness condition work well, such as in Yin
deficiency, Qi deficiency, and Spleen deficiency and Kidney
deficiency, etc. If the purpura belongs to a Shi Condition
(overwhelming condition), it is usually treated with
Fire-clearing, Blood-cooling, toxic-dispelling or
stagnation-dispersing therapy. Some times, such routine therapy
does not work. Then, I will solve it from the Liver theory. The
reason is that, the bleeding under the skin is due to the broken
of the blood vessels, the liver dominates the blood vessels, and
the Liver functions as a blood storage place. If the Liver is
weak and can not keep the blood in it, the blood vessels will
broke due to poor nourishment so as to leave blood under the
skin. The herb Sang Ye is good at clearing the Fire under the
skin, at lubricating the liver meridians so to stop bleeding.
Generally it is used up to 30 grams, no matter it is a deficient
condition or a overwhelming condition. With addition of herb Gou
Qi Zi and Bai Shao to nourish the liver and to moisten the
liver, the purpura is usually solved without difficulty.
is a professor in TCM, who is good at the treatment of disorders
in blood system. I noticed that he never treated
without the use of the herb Xian He Cao.
The dose he used is also very big. For example for a child of
seven years of old, it can be used up to 60 gram. He told me
that, the herb Xian He Cao can stop bleeding and can nourish the
weakness condition. The purpura is usually related to a
deficient condition and it is also a blood disorder condition,
so the herb Xian He Cao is the most valuable choice. If the
purpura is due to Spleen deficiency, use the herbal formula Gui
Pi Tang, with the addition of the herb Xian He Cao. It usually
comes and goes and lasts for a long time. If it is in a Yin
deficient condition, the herb Sheng Di is a must-use herb of
mine. It is well known that it nourishes Yin and cools blood.
The another reason for me to use it is that it has hormone-like
effect. The allergic purpura is a immune disorder and the
is related to self immune disorder too. For this reason, western
medicine uses mostly the hormone to treat the purpura. But the
side effect of hormone products makes the life of patients very
hard. The advantage of the herb Sheng Di is with much less side
effects but much better healing effect.
(5). Zi Cao
purpura due to Fire-Toxic, I choose first the herb Zi Cao, and
secondly, the herb Da Qing Ye. Their effects in blood-cooling
and toxic-dispelling and rash-disappearing effects are much
impressive. I personally believe that these two herbs work much
better than the herb Jing Yin Hua and Lian Qiao. I get this
conclusion after tried for several cases so I like these two
herbs very much.
in children after virus infection belongs to the out-invading Yi
disease in Chinese medicine. The herb Gan Cao works to detoxify.
In addition, after a long time of disease, the Spleen system is
usually in a weak condition, so that there could be bleeding in
skin. The herb Gan Cao is one of the most important herbs to
nourish the Spleen. More important for the Gan Cao is that it
bears cortisone hormone effect, similar to the herb Sheng Di
above. Therefore, there are many indications for the use of Gan
Cao in this disease. It is a coincidence and it is also a very
important herb to use in this disease.
later stage of
many patients have signs of Yang deficiency. At this situation,
the number of blood platelet is very difficult to increase (The
Yang Qi in the body functions to activate, to move, and to
stimulate, and to produce and to transform. When the Yang is
insufficient, the body cannot produce micro-material, which here
means the platelet). Therefore, the most effective way for the
treatment of this disorder is to warm and to nourish the Kidney
Yang, to produce more Kidney Jing, so as to solve the disorder
completely. The herb Lu Jiao Jiao can function for this. If it
does not work, it will imply that the bone marrow is Cold, which
causes blood stagnation in the bone marrow, which again prevent
the production of platelet in the bone marrow. In this case,
just add some herbs to remove the blood stagnation and to renew
the production process.
be seen in allergic purpura condition, which is mostly related
to immune disorder and allergy. If it is true, add herbal
formula Guo Ming Jian in the treatment. If the purpura is due to
emotional disorders, treat it according to the Liver theory. The
purpura can also be due to bacteria infection and so on, so it
is needed to consider the treatment of the cause of the disease.
If there is bleeding in stool, such inner bleeding sign, add
herb Xue Yu Tang, Wu Zei Gu, and San Qi. If there is stomach
pain, consider to add Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang. Long term disease
could hurt and affect kidney to cause protein urine and other
signs. It is needed to treat the kidney disorder in such
condition too. It is very important to make TCM
syndrome-diagnosis. Based on this, apply the western medicine
disease-diagnosis. This way, the idea for the treatment can
become more clear and precise and the treatment can also be much
stable and fast.
10. Coronary heart disease
cases of Coronary heart disease, the disease is overwhelming for
the symptoms but weakness for its real cause. The weakness
condition include Qi-blood insufficiency, which further cause
Yin-Yang insufficiency. However, the Qi insufficiency is the
primary reason, which exist during the whole course of the
disease. For the Qi insufficiency condition, the herb Huang Qi
works to supply Qi and strengthen the heart. For the
overwhelming condition, such as
Qi sluggish and blood stagnation, the herbs to motivate
the Qi and to conduct the blood circulation can also indirectly
improve the clear of phlegm and solve the Cold accumulation. I
have never treated coronary heart disease without the use of the
herb Guang Qi.
coronary heart disease, there is accumulation of fat/lipids in
the wall of the artery. Such accumulation belongs to the concept
of Phlegm in the Chinese medicine. The herb Hai Zao can dissolve
the Phlegm. In addition, Hai Zao can soften hard tissue.
Therefore it is very suitable to use the herb Hai Zai here to
dissolve the accumulated lipids in the arterial walls.
coronary heart disease, there is also accumulation of platelets.
Such accumulation or precipitation concept follows the blood
stagnation in the Chinese Medicine. The herb Dan Sheng can
remove the stagnation and to stimulate new and fresh tissue
grow. This is well understood by very TCM doctor. In a long term
disease, there tends to have a Phlegm sluggish condition. The
reason for the coronary heart disease is pretty much in
accordance with the Phlegm sluggish in the artery. Therefore,
treat the coronary heart disease according to the Phlegm is my
For patient with
coronary heart disease and in a heart blood insufficiency
condition, I like to use herb He Shou Wu. It works better than
herb Dang Gui. The healing effect of A Jiao is also pretty good,
but it is also too greasy, so not proper to be used in a Phlegm
accumulation condition. If the blood insufficiency is very
severe and the Phlegm accumulation is not so heavy, there would
be no much worry to use the herb He Shou Wu. In addition, He
Shou Wu can nourish the Liver. The Liver dominate and govern the
blood vessels. In the coronary heart disease, the coronary
artery has been damaged by accumulation of lipids and the Phlegm
seriously. To nourish the Liver can repair the artery, so to
restore the function of the artery to a maximum level. This is
one of the tips in the treatment of coronary heart disease.
years ago, I treated a patient with heavy bleeding from uterus.
She had palpitation and fatique due to heavy loss of blood. I
used the herb Xian He Cao 80 grams, Wu Wei Zi 20 grams to her.
The next day, the condition had been much improved. The herb
Xian He Cao has heart-strengthening effect. Patient with heart
disease usually has reduction in the heart function. It is
therefore good to use the Xian He Cao to improve the heart
function in such patient. In this case, the function of Xian He
Cao is not less than the herb Huang Qi. Herb Xian He Cao is
spicy and puckery in herbal nature. The puckery functions to
attract and the spicy effects to expend and to disperse, which
means to activate blood circulation. In the book <<Bai Cao
Jing>>, it indicated that Xian He Cao can dispel dead blood out
of body from colon, uterus or urine and can also stimulate and
improve blood circulation. In the treatment of coronary heart
disease, its use works to activate blood circulation too.
coma or loss of consciousness due to heart infarction, the
mind-waking fragrant herbs work the fastest, such as the herb
Tang Xiang, Bing Pian and Shi Chuang Pu. I like the Shi Chang Pu
most, since it can not only wake up mind and consciousness, but
also dissolve Phlegm. I usually use other herbs such as Ge Gen
and Chuan Xiong, together with Shi Chuang Pu.
(7). Wu Wei
patients with palpitation and in insufficient condition in Qi,
Yin and Blood, I never forget the use of herb Wu Wei Zi. The
other choice is the herb Suan Zao Ren and Yuan Zhi, etc. The Wu
Wei Zi not only works to nourish the heart and to calm
spirit/emotion, but also be able to attract back the dispersed
Heart Qi so as to reduce the palpitation. For patients with over
fast heart beat or irregular beat but tends to be fast, add
other herbs, such as Mu Li and Long Gu, such shell-stone heavy
ingredients to suppress the heart beat. For patients with too
slow heart beat and in Heart Yang deficiency condition, add herb
Fu Zi and Gui Zhi, etc. according to the body conditions.
coronary heart disease, in most cases, the Phlegm, the
Stagnation and the insufficiency conditions exist the same time.
For the Phlegm and blood stagnation, I also use Bai Jiang Can
and Di Long to dissolve the Phlegm and stagnation and to conduct
the circulation. For insufficient condition, use the herbs
according to its kind of insufficiency (Yin or Yang, Qi or
Blood). This disease is also related to the Spleen, the Liver
and the Kidney. We should not pay attention only to the heart
per se. The basic formula must be given based on the person’s
pulse and clinic signs, and consider the introduction and
explanations to the herbs above.
(1). Zi He
development of female reproductive system (uterus and ovary)
belongs to the concept in Chinese medicine the genetic weakness
condition. The herb Zi He Che is the number one herbal
ingredient to be used in such condition. It is good at
nourishing Qi, blood, Yin and Yang. It is especially suitable
for such genetic weak conditions. Among my 14 patients with
infertility, two were cured with the Zi He Che alone. These two
women looked thin with poor body development, and with short
small fingers. They were found in western medicine smaller
uterus. I grinded the herb into powder, stored in capsules and
let the patients to take 15 grams every day for a long time.
(2). Tu Si
Herb Tu Si
Zi works to supply the Yin and Yang but little bit more for the
Yang. It helps fertility in women. It can be found in many
herbal formula for infertility. It works to improve ovulation.
Whenever the patient’s body condition belongs to Kidney
insufficiency, I must use it. The other herbs that bear the same
function are herb Gou Qi Zi and Ba Ji Tian, etc. They are added
after a correct TCM diagnosis and after set up a basic formula.
Shan Jia works very good for a condition with block in oviduct
or with endometriosis. I usually use it together with Zao Jiao
Ci. They open the oviduct by dissolving blood stagnation and by
opening the meridian. In clinic, it can also be used together
with Wang Bu Liu Xing or Lu Lu Tong, etc.
oviduct block or infection in pelvic cavity for a long time,
they should be regarded as the Phlegm-stagnation condition in
TCM. I usually treat it as a Phlegm-stagnation condition, to
solve the Phlegm and stagnation by use of herb Bai Jie Zi and
They can work to dissolve the Phlegm and to conduct the
stagnation to open the oviduct. In addition, the herb Shi Chang
Pu works to clear Phlegm and to open the body various openings
(here the opening means the oviduct). These herbs are what I
normally used for the treatment of oviduct block.
The most of
the patients whom I treated for infertility are with Yang
insufficient condition. The uterus is Cold and in weak
condition. It is hard to get fertility. This is common sense in
the Chinese medicine. Xiao Hui Xiang works to warm the Kidney as
well as the uterus and the effect is excellent. I usually also
use Rou Gui, A ye, and Zi Shi Ying together.
Xiang Fu is the General herb among the herbs that are used to
solve female disorders. It is good at rebalance the endocrine
disorders. Usually the patients with endocrine disorder and with
irregular menstruation are difficult to have pregnancy.
Therefore, for those of patients with infertility and irregular
menstruation, the most important thing is to correct their
menstruation. A early coming menstruation usually suggests Yin
insufficiency, a delayed menstruation, Yang insufficiency; and a
irregular menstruation means mostly Liver Qi stagnation. They
should be treated accordingly. All in all,
menstruation-adjustment therapy is the major therapy in the
infertility. Another kind of infertility is called immuno-infertility,
that is caused by self immune disorders and affect the
combination of the sperm with the egg. Patients with such
problem usually have depression and tend to have long sigh, such
Liver stagnation symptoms. Such condition could be solved by
treated 14 cases with infertility. Among them, 12 cases have had
successful pregnancy. The result for the other two cases was
unknown. For those patients, half of them had had been treated
with so called standard western medicine treatment but failed.
The longest history for infertility was ten years. For the 12
successful cases, half of them got pregnancy within half years
of the treatment. For some obstinate cases, if they would come
back to me again, I may still have no confidence to success. It
has to be admitted that these successes are kind of coincidence,
but the healing principle should be followed. It is interesting
that, my last infertility patient is the teacher of the child
whose mother is my first infertility patient.
treatment of this problem, it should be emphasized to add
circulation-improving and Yang-nourishing herbs during the
ovulation period to help ovulation. To take the chance of the
several days of ovulation to have sex, the chance for pregnancy
may be increased much more.
there is another kind of infertility, which can be seen in a
overweight female. Such female has delayed menstruation, even
cessation of menstruation. Western medicine may detect it as due
to disorder in pituitary body. I know that it should be treated
by warming up the Kidney and Spleen, as well as using
Phlegm-dispelling and Wet-clearing therapy, but I myself did not
practice yet. Hope that those of you whoever has experience in
this aspect help me to know how to treat it.
12. High blood pressure
(1). Luo Bu
stage, hypertension shows as the Liver Yang Up-rushing in the
Chinese medicine. The herb Luo Bu Ma can clear the Liver Fire,
to calm down the Liver, and can bring the Yang Qi down to store.
It is more suitable in the patients with red face and eyes,
bitter mouth, easy to get upset and lose temple. In clinic, I
usually use herb formula Tianma Gouteng Yin plus this herb,
which makes the healing effect much better. The herb Xia Ku Cao
can also be added.
important to nourish and to supply more Yin to those of patients
with Yin deficiency. The herb ingredient Gui Ban is not only
good at nourishing the Yin, but also good at bring the Yang down
to a store stage for its heavy mass. Its nature is clear, so as
not to hurt stomach, while other herbs may cause side effect,
such as Dai Zhe Shi may hurt Spleen-Stomach. The herb Bai Shao
is weak in its healing effect in this aspect. The herb Gui Ban
here works in many aspects to help the hypertension condition.
It is used in most cases with the Yin deficiency and Yang
Jiang Can and Di Long
hypertension develops for a long time to cause Yin deficiency.
The Yin deficiency further more causes Yang deficiency. When the
Yin is insufficient, the Liver Yang can turn into Wind. When the
Yang is insufficient, it cannot evaporate body liquid, so the
liquid could condense into Phlegm. The Wind and the Phlegm could
combine to twin together to block energy meridian. When it
happens in the brain, the brain is obstacle, so the blood
pressure turns high. The herb Bai Jiang Can and Di Long can
clear the Wind and the Phlegm, so to dredge clear the energy
conduct/chanal to make the blood pressure down to normal. In
clinic, the herb formula Dihuang Yin Zi is used with the
addition of these herbs. The aim is to solve both the cause and
the results of the increased blood pressure.
Shi Chang Pu is most used in patients with Phlegm-Wetness
condition. When a person is in over exhausted, over damaged due
to physical labor or due to poor schedule or poor life style, or
when a person eat too much oily foods or sweet foods, both
conditions could result in the production of Phlegm and Wetness
inside of the body. The inner Phlegm and Wetness trigger out the
Liver Wind, and the foul Yin, when rushes up, can cause headache
that feels as the head is heavily folded, and cause the increase
in the blood pressure. The herb Shi Chang Pu works to clear the
Phlegm and Wetness, and to open the brain openings (ears, eyes,
nose, mouth), so to show its healing effects in such condition.
When used together with herb Ge Gen, their healing effect is
much more excellent. The herb Ge Gen is good at increasing the
clear Yang Qi, so as to bring the foul Yin Qi down. So, one of
them works to clear Phlegm and to open the hole in brain, and
another works to bring the clear and pure Yang Qi up and foul
Yin Qi down, so as to make the blood pressure down.
with blood stagnation in blood vessels, I prefer to add large
amount of Huang Qi, on the bases of circulation-activating
therapy. When the brain function is affected by the block of the
stagnated blood, there will be headache and increased blood
pressure. The herb Huang Qi can nourish Qi to improve blood
circulation, so as to remove the stagnated blood and so to
reduce the high blood pressure. In addition, the Huang Qi can
improve the pure and clear Yang Qi up to the brain, so to
nourish the brain. A long term disease course could cause short
of blood supply to the heart and the kidney, so to cause higher
blood pressure. Circlation-stimulating therapy could improve the
circulation and improve blood supply to the heart and the
kidney. When it is used together with the Huang Qi, its healing
effect is more powerful and last longer. In addition, the
addition of Huang Qi could prevent the side effect by the
circulation-improving therapy as hurt the body life energy (Zheng
Qi, the defense energy).
patients with high blood pressure have hard blood vessels (when
touch their pulse), I add herb Hai Zao. The terrible
complication of the hypertensive sclerosis is brain bleeding.
Hai Zao can soften the blood vessels, to make the hard vessel
soft. In addition, it can clear Phlegm, clear the inner dirty
Phlegm within the vessels. For this reason, for those of
patients with a trend to have brain bleeding, I certainly use
the herb Hai Zao.
treat the hypertension, we should not pay attention only to the
Liver-dredging and Yang-diving therapy alone, since it is not
the only cause for the high blood pressure. The cause for a high
blood pressure condition is complex. It is very important to
exercise the syndrome-diagnosis for the treatment. The readers
must have already know how to practice the TCM diagnosis. It is
not easy to explain it here thoroughly, so I am not going to
spend time for this more.
(1). Xia Ku
hyperthyroidism due to Fire syndrome developed from the Liver
sluggish, herb Xia Ku Cao works to cool down and to clear the
Liver Fire. If there is knob in front of the neck, it can
disperse the knob. The exorbitism in the hyperthyroidism belongs
to the Liver overwhelming. The eye is associated with the Liver
in Chinese medicine. The herb Xia Ku Cao can clear the Liver and
make the eye return back. Apparently, it is commonly used herb
in hyperthyroidism. The shaking hands in the hyperthyroidism
needs herb Gou Teng and Bai Shao for the treatment.
hyperthyroidism with more Yin deficiency and Fire overwhelming,
the herb Bie Jia can clear the weak Fire, nourish the Yin and
dive the Yang, so as to correct the imbalance of the Yin and
Yang. In addition, the Bie Jia is more good at soften the knob,
good for the treatment of hyperthyroidism.
speaking, the hyperthyroidism is a false overwhelming syndrome
but true weakness condition in Chinese medicine.
The true weakness is in
most times associated with the Yin deficiency. The Gui Ban
belongs to animal part, bearing strong nourishing ability. Its
heavy nature enables it to dive Yang downwards, and to nourish
heart to solve palpitation. It works very well in Yin deficient
condition. Used together with Bie Jia, the healing effect is
excellent, hard to be competed by other herbs.
long time of a disease, the Qi and the Yin both may be
exhausted. When such condition meets a Yang overwhelming time
(such as before noon, or in summer, or eat spicy food, or use
Warm herbs, etc.), the condition becomes worse, since the
overwhelming Yang consumes more Yin, so resulting a bad circle.
For Qi deficiency, I use large amount of Huang Qi (60 grams
more). Pharmacology shows that it can improve the function of
thyroid gland, so to reduce the T3 and T4 level. I usually use
it on the basis of Yin nourish therapy.
Fire could burn the body liquid into Phlegm that accumulated and
entangled in front of
neck. Such Phlegm is old Phlegm (long term Phlegm) and hard to
be removed off. Bai Jiang Can belongs a insect herbal ingredient
that is powerful to pick up the Phlegm and other dirty things in
the body. So it is usually chosen to use for the treatment of
hyperthyroidism with neck knob. It is also commonly used
together with herb Hai Fu Shi, which is also good at clearing
old Phlegm, as well good at softening hard mass.
reasonable to use herb Bai Jie Zi to clear Phlegm and use it for
the treatment of hyperthyroidism. However, as indicated in
pharmacological study that it reduces the size of the thyroid
knob through preventing the function of thyroid gland. So this,
if the enlargement of the thyroid is due to lack of iodine, it
would be not suitable to use. This should be kept in mind.
effect by western medicine in the treatment of hyperthyroidism
is severe. Radiation therapy and surgical operation may cause
serious complications. Chinese medicine has much higher advance
in this aspect. If the diagnosis is correct and the herbal
therapy is used in proper way, the healing effect is excellent.
By the way, unless the condition is really indicated, the herbs
that contain iodine should be avoided to use, such as herb Hai
Zao and Kung Bu, etc.
14. Constitutional low blood
Constitutional low blood pressure is mostly related to genetic
weakness, in which the Kidney Qi is insufficient, which again
causes less production of Body Yuan Qi, so the Liver Wood cannot
get sufficient nourishment from the Kidney Water. For this
reason, the weak Liver wouldn’t be able to dredge and to improve
energy Qi moving up, so that the blood pressure is low. The
Liver belongs to a Yang organ. The herb Lu Jiao Jiao works to
supply more Jing and Blood to the Liver, and to conduct the Dou
Mai (the Mian Yang meridian in the body), and to improve Yang Qi.
When the Kidney Jing is sufficient, the Yuan Qi would be
sufficient, the Liver Wood is nourished properly and its
Up-moving ability is therefore restored, so that the blood
pressure is increased. For the treatment, herb Sheng Di is also
used, for the aim to get the Yang from the Yin (Sheng Di
supplies more Yin).
(2). Gou Qi
weakness in the Liver is due to the insufficient Kidney Jing,
which makes the Liver up-moving function is affected, the herb
Gou Qi Zi could supply Liver Jing, so to improve its up-moving
function, and to increase blood pressure. At the same time, Gou
Qi Zi can supply more Kidney Jing and Blood, so it is also
commonly used in the constitutional low blood pressure. Note: it
is basic principle to nourish the Liver and Kidney for the
treatment of constitutional low blood pressure. Without this, it
is no use to apply any Yang-improving therapy. Even if it may
works, the healing effect is also only a temporal phenomenon.
If the low
blood pressure is due to over exhausting due to heavy labor
works or to extensive mental work, which damages the Spleen, so
that the Qi up-moving function is affected, the herb Dang Sheng
works to nourish the middle Qi so to improve up-circle of the Qi.
This is the mechanism to improve the Qi by nourish the middle Qi.
Note: Sheng Ma and Chai Hu, can also be used in such herbal
formula in a small doe, taking the advantage of small dose
yielding a light-floating effect. Their doses must not exceed 10
(4). Zhi Ke
patients of low blood pressure have also poor appetite and
eating little only. In addition, the herbal formula contains
greasy ingredients that could further more affect the appetite.
To prevent this side effect, the herb Zhi Ke is usually added to
dredge the digestive system, so as to increase appetite. The Zhi
Ke nourishes all the organs in the body, and helps the Liver to
dredge the Qi circulation in the body, so as to increase the low
blood pressure. This has been verified by pharmacological
studies. The other herb, the Zhi Shi, which is the inner kernel
of the same fruit, has also blood pressure-increasing effect,
and even stronger than the Zhi Ke, but it has also affect to
exhaust the Qi, so it is not used as a primary herb in the
treatment of the constitutional low blood pressure.
has been mentioned many times above. It works to nourish the
Heart and to solve weakness condition, so as to increase the
blood pressure. It is especially effective and works faster for
the Qi deficiency due to over exhaustion due to heavy labor
work. It has also a kind of contracting function, beside its
main supplying function, e.g. it can work to improve blood
circulation, so as to make the blood and Qi circulate smoothly.
(6). A Jiao
with apparent Blood deficiency condition, the herb A Jiao works
to supply more blood vomule, so to make the circulating blood
volume is sufficient.
body, the Yuan Qi is the primary source of all other body Qi. To
nourish the Kidney Jing is therefore the main step towards the
treatment. When the Kidney Jing is sufficient, the Liver blood
is supplied sufficiently. So, the Liver has sufficient energy (Qi)
to dredge the conduct of the Qi movement. In addition to the
nourishment of middle Spleen Qi to up-lift the Qi, the pure Qi
can go to the brain continuously, so that the blood pressure is
15. Lumber muscle degeneration
1. Tu Bie
muscle degeneration due to external damage is usually related to
blood stagnation. When the lower back is hurt by lifting heavy
stuff, the dead blood will remain in the lower back, to press
the muscle and
nerve and to cause the pain. Therefore to treat the lumber back
pain due to the blood stagnation, the herb Tu Bie Chong is my
first choice. Used together with Ru Xiang, Mo Yao and San Qi, it
works very well. Using 20 grams or 25 grams a day, its healing
effect is excellent. The healing effect can be shown within two
2, Xian He
is good at the treatment of muscle damage due to over exhaust.
It is my commonly used herb. This is a common sense. No need to
repeat the reason for use it.
(3). Gu Sui
back is the home of the kidney. A long term disease course is
commonly associated with a Kidney deficient condition. Among
various Kidney-nourishing herbs, I found that the herb Gu Sui Bu
works very well. The second level herbs are Gou Ji and Du Zhong,
Xu Duan and Niu Xi, etc. This is my own idea, which may or may
not be correct. However, it seems that its healing effect can be
felt every time when it is used.
in the body is responsible to nourish the muscle. The problem
spot is in the lumber muscle. For the hurt in the lumber muscle,
the herb Bai Zhuis used to nourish the Spleen, so to make the
lumber muscle stronger. Whenever a muscle is hurt and damaged,
not matter it is due to over exhaust, or wither, or no strength,
it should be treated from the Spleen.
(5). Gou Qi
in the body is responsible to nourish the tendons. There is
damage or hurt in the tendon and fibril membrane in this
disease, so the herb Gou Qi Zi is used to nourish the sick
tendon and fibril membrane. It is commonly agreed in the
treatment of this disease to nourish the Kidney and to improve
blood circulation, but it is commonly omitted to nourish the
Liver and Spleen. It is very important to nourish the Liver and
Spleen, to reach the real cure.
works to nourish the Qi, so to help the circulation of the Qi
and blood to dredge the meridian (used with herb Di Long); to
nourish the Liver to produce more blood, to nourish the tendons,
so to heal the sick tendons; and to nourish the Spleen to
nourish the muscle. It bears multiple functions, so it is used
with large dose.
If there is
signs for Cold in the body, use herb Fu Zi; for Wetness, use
herb Mu Gua. Use specific herbs according to the clinic signs.
The healing principle is to nourish the Liver, Spleen and
Kidney, to dissolve the stagnated blood clots and to dredge the
meridians. Some times, it is added with Cold-warming herbs,
Wetness-evaporating herbs to solve the wetness, Wind-dispersing
herbs to remove Wind, and the Phlegm-dissolving herbs to clear
the Phlegm. If the pain is severe and is with muscle spasm, add
herb Bai Shao and Gan Cao, and Quan Xie. With Cold-Wetness, add
Xi Xing, etc.
back pain due to hyperosteogeny is easy to be confused with that
due to the lumber muscle degeneration. There are some similarity
in their symptoms and in the treatment. However, one point
should be given attention: the Kidney is responsible for the
bone. The treatment of hyperosteogeny should depend on the
Kidney-nourishing and bone-strengthening. If there is Yin
deficiency, use herb Gui Ban. If there is Yang deficiency, use
Lu Jiao, together with herb Gu Sui Bu and Xu Duan, etc, to stop
or even to reverse the process of the hyperosteogeny. In
addition, the herb Wei Ling Xian is also good at the treatment
of the chronic pain in the lower back. As every know, it can
solve the pain in throat due bone that stick in the throat. It
can also be suggested that it can also solve the pain due to
hyperosteogeny in the lower back. There are some famous doctors
who have tried this way with very good result. For this reason,
I also use the herb Wei Ling Xian quite often. The other healing
principles are similar to those for lumber muscle degeneration.
The principle for the treatment of the cause of the lumber
muscle degeneration is to nourish the Liver and Spleen, and for
the hyperosteogeny, to nourish the Kidney and to strength the
bone. For the treatment of the symptoms, both need blood
circulation-stimulating, stagnation-clearing, meridian-dredging
therapy, as well as Cold-warming, wetness-dispersing,
Wind-dispelling, and Phlegm-dissolving therapy, etc.
16. Ear disease
for Meniere’s syndrome, which shows dizziness and tinnitus, is
the water accumulation in the hydrolabyrinth in the ear due to
various reasons. It should belong to the Water accumulation in
the ear in the Chinese medicine too. One of the way to solve
this problem is to remove the Wetness and another way is to
nourish the Kidney. To clear the Wetness, I prefer to use herb
Cang Zhu. It is well known that, for various swelling, water
accumulation and fullness condition, consider to solve them by
pay attention to the Spleen. The herb Cang Zhu is able to
nourish the Spleen and to clear the Wetness. The healing effect
is very good. It not only works for the symptoms but also the
cause of the Meniere’s syndrome. Used together with other herbs,
such as Ze Xie and Fu Ling, the healing effect is excellent.
(2). Gu Sui
The ear is
developed from the Kidney (Chinese medicine concept). Therefore,
the ear disease is usually treated on the aspect of the Kidney.
For the tinnitus and deafness due to a Kidney deficiency, the
herb Gu Sui Bu can nourish the Kidney so to improve the hearing
ability of the ear. If the problem is due to a overwhelming
condition, it can work can a meridian-directing herb to bring
the other herbs to work on the Kidney meridian and to the ear.
If it is due to the side effect by some antibiotics, such as
streptomycin, the herb can confront against these antibiotics
and solve there side effects. There are data suggesting that, 30
grams of the Gu Sui Bu alone can solve the symptoms within 3
For the ear
disease due to the block by Wetness, the herb Shi Chang Pu can
clear the Wetness, Phlegm, and other dirty stuff in the ear, so
as to clear the ear to improve the hearing. For elderly tinnitus
and deafness due to poor blood circulation in the inner ear, it
is usually considered to nourish the Kidney, to improve the
circulation, improve Qi circulation and to open the openings in
the head (ear). In the second condition, the herb Shi Chang Pu
is also excellent to be used, but it should be used together
with the herb formula Liu Wei Di Huang Wan, and with other
herbs, such as Shui Zhi and Chiang Xiong, etc.
(4). Ge Gen
patients, their tinnitus is caused by cervical spondylosis,
brain arterial sclerosis, or cerebral infarction. Their pulses
suggest that the condition is related to the Phlegm that blocks
the brain meridians, which causes the sluggish of the Qi
up-circulation in the brain. I usually use the herb Ge Gen,
under the basis of the other circulation-improving,
Phlegm-dissolving and meridian-dredging herbs. The function of
the herb Ge Gen is to rise the pure energy Qi to the brain,
coincidence with the pharmacological study showing that Ge Gen
can improve the brain blood circulation. In fact, I also use Ge
Gen in the treatment of brain thrombosis and cervical
spondylosis. It is interested that the herbal formula used to
treat such clinic conditions also contain herb Shi Chang Pu.
Tui and Man Jing Zi
the ear disease is caused by Wind invasion. The common cold
related fever disease is regarded as external Wind, and the
Liver Wind due to emotional problems is regarded as internal
Wind. The herb Chang Tui and Man Jing Zi both are able to clear
the external and the internal Wind. The effect is also very
good. The Chang Tui can calm spirit and emotion. It is
especially useful for those of patients with nervous exhaustion.
The herb Man Jing Zi can also increase the pure energy Qi to the
brain and to open the brain openings (such as ear, eye, nose).
When the dose exceeds 30 grams, the effect is apparent. In
addition, both herbs can be used in either weakness or
overwhelming conditions. So, they can be used often.
Kidney Jing is not sufficient, the brain and spine would be in a
empty (hollow) condition. This can cause tinnitus and deafness.
There are many herbs that can work to nourish the Kidney and
fill up the Kidney Jing, but only the animal-oriented herbs
works better. The brain needs Yang Qi to nourish. For those of
patients with severe tinnitus and deafness, I always use such
kind of herbs to warm up the Kidney and to fill up the Jing Qi.
When the Jing Qi is sufficient, it could supply the ear with
energy to restore the healing ability. The herb Lu Jiao Jiao is
mostly used in elderly ear disease.
happened ear disease in most case belongs to overwhelming
condition. It is related to the Wind-Fire, Liver Qi stuggish, or
Phlegm-Fire, etc. A chronic ear disease is more related to a
weakness condition. It may be related to Spleen deficiency, in
which the body has no sufficient energy to bring the pure energy
to the brain and ear, or to a Kidney deficiency, in which there
is no sufficient Jing Qi energy to supply the brain and ear.
However, in clinic, most patients have both the weakness
condition and the overwhelming condition. This is true
especially in old persons, in whom the Liver and Kidney
condition is poor, and it is easy to have Phlegm and stagnation
stick in the ear. The treatment in such elderly patients is also
very difficult, so that the healing period is also longer than
young patients. Involvement of acupuncture treatment may shorten
the healing period and to increase the healing effect.
17. Viral myocarditis
myocarditis usually occurs in a person who is in a weak
condition and attacked by a Warm-Toxic Xie Qi. The Xie Qi sticks
in the heart and causes damage to the heart. Later, the weakness
and the overwhelming condition mix and entangled. The symptoms
come and go, and trigged by labor exhaust or by a new common
cold. In the treatment, it has to pay attention to the treatment
of both energy-improving and disease-dispelling. In acute stage,
the main healing principle is to clear the Fire Toxic (virus). I
first of all chose the herb Ku Shen. It goes mostly to the Heart
meridian, good at dispelling Fire and the Toxic (poison), to
calm emotion and nerves. It has also very apparent effect on the
heart arrhythmia. Among so many herbs that bear anti-virus
ability, its healing effect can be compared with another herb
Zao Xiu. For so many advantages, it is the first line herb in
the treatment of viral myhocarditis.
North America Shen (Ginshen)
Warm-Toxic Xue Qi belongs to a Yang Xie Qi, which is ready to
exhaust Qi and to damage the Yin. This disease must have the Qi
and Yin deficient symptoms, such as fatigue and palpitation. The
Heart is responsible to the blood circulation. The blood
circulation depends the pushing by Yang Qi. If the Heart Qi is
no sufficient, the heart would have no energy to push the blood
to circulate, so that the person feels palpitation and short of
breath. In addition, the Heart belongs to a Fire organ, which
depends a water to calm. If the Yin Water (in Kidney) is
sufficient, the Heart Fire becomes a Yang Qi, while if it is not
sufficient, the heart Fire would be a floating pure Fire which
is unable to push the circulation. Therefore, the Qi and the Yin
must be supplied to a sufficient level. The herb America Ginshen
works to nourish the Qi and the Yin, so it is the most suitable
herb in the treatment of this disease. It can be used together
with other herbs, such as Xian He Cao. Xian He Cao works to
nourish Qi and strengthen the heart. The herb Gan Cao works to
nourish the heart Qi and to calm spirit and emotion. Both are
recommended to be used in addition to the Xian He Cao. It should
be appointed out that, the energy-improving hers should not bear
some effect to help the Xie Qi staying in the body.
Fire-poison Xie Qi sticks in the heart, it definitely will burn
the heart liquid into Phlegm and to burn blood into stagnated
clot. Since the Phlegm and the Stagnated clot entangled in the
chest, the patient feels fullness and pain in the chest, and
feels palpitation too. The herb Dan Shen works to dissolve the
stagnated clot and to improve renew the heart tissue, to cool
the heart and to calm the emotion. Used together with
Phlegm-clearing herbs, the herbs work together to clear Phlegm
and the stagnated clot, so to cure the problem.
(4). Gua Lu
Gua Lu is the number one herb that works to clear the Phlegm in
the body. Since it is good at clearing Hot Phlegm, and at
loosening the chest, it is more suitable to be used in patient
with chest fullness feeling. (Since the patients with this
disease is usually in a body weakness condition, the herb of a
insect kind should be avoided, for the reason that such herb may
damage the body energy Qi).
is responsible to hold the spirit and to induce blood
circulation. It belongs to the Yin in structure, but to a Yang
in function. Only when the heart Yin is sufficient, it can then
exercise its circulation function. The patients with the
myocarditis has their heart Qi and Yin damaged by the invading
Fire-Poison Xie Qi. The heart Qi is not sufficient, and the
heart Yin is damaged, so that the spirit is hard to stay in the
heart. This is similar to the fish jumping due to less water in
a pound. The body shows as a weak anxiety and the person feels
anxiety and palpitation. For this reason, it is needed to use
herbs to calm down the heart spirit, at the time to nourish the
heart Qi and Yin. The nature of the heart is to prefer calm.
When the heart is calm, the spirit is kept in the heart. I
commonly choose the herb Suan Zao Ren and Bo Zi Ren, and so on,
with the aim to nourish and to calm the same time. If the calm
therapy does not work to a desired level, use stronger herbs to
suppress the spirit/emotion, such as herb Hu Bo and Long Gu,
(6). Fu Zi
long term disease, the body Yin will be exhausted, which again
cause the Yang in a insufficient condition too. If the body is
originally in a (Kidney) Yang deficient condition, and the body
shows the Yang deficient signs, use the herb Fu Zi. Fu Zi can
warm up the heart Yang Qi and the Kidney Yang Qi. When the heart
Yang Qi is sufficient after supply, the heart can beat stronger
to push the blood in circulation. When the Kidney Yang Qi become
sufficient, the whole body Yuan Yang is in sufficient condition
and the heart Yang will also be warm up.
myocarditis, the damage to the heart and the stick of the Xie Qi
are in the body the same time. The heart damage shows mostly as
heart Qi-Yin double deficiency, though there could also be a
Yang deficiency. The stuck Xie Qi is mostly a Fire-poison Xie Qi,
and Phlegm and stagnated clot, etc. Though the damage is in the
heart, the lung (Lung Xie Qi passed to the heart), and the liver
(the liver wood turns into Fire to bother the heart), and the
kidney (the kidney cannot sufficiently warmed up the heart) are
all involved. For this reason, the treatment should be pay
attention to the whole body, not only stick to the heart alone.
More over, when in an acute stage, the treatment principle
should be to clear and to dispel the Xie Qi, but should not
forget to nourish the heart Qi. Similarly, when in a chronic
stage, the most attention should be paid on the nourishing the
heart Qi, but similarly not forget to continue to dispel the Xie
Qi either. To nourish the normal body Qi and to dispel the
disease-causing Xie Qi should be done at the same time during
the whole course of the healing process. The point is that, in
each stage, one should be paid relatively more attention than
is the number one herb most important in the treatment of throat
pain and swelling. For the throat pain due to Wind-Hotness or
Fire-poison stick in the throat, it can cool down the Fire
thoroughly. The healing effect is even better with the use of
other herbs together, such as Gan Cao and Niu Bang Zi. However,
it is heard the side effect for its use, suggesting that the
dose should not be too large. I usually use only 10grams. The
healing effect is reasonably good as well.
healing effect for the Wind-Hotness or Fire-poison is not
satisfied, add herb Qing Guo and Bai Bu can get surprising good
effect again. For the chronic sour throat due to Fire-poison Xie
Qi, the Qing Guo is my first choice.
chronic sour throat, that due to Yin deficiency-Fire
overwhelming is not less in number. The herb Xuan Shen works to
nourish the Yin and to cool down the Fire, to detoxify so as to
clear the throat. It can also be used in sour throat caused by
Fire-poison. It is enough to add other herbs, such as Niu Bang
Zi and Liang Qiao. For those caused by Yin deficiency-Fire
overwhelming, add herb Sheng Di and Mai Dong, etc. For the sour
throat caused by Yin deficiency with dry throat with apparent
false Fire syndromes, the herb Xuan Shen is my first choice. If
there is clear sign for the Fire or Hotness, the symptom is only
the dry throat, I chose the Mai Dong first, since I feel that
the herb Mai Dong works better for lubricate the throat, while
the Xuan Shen is better for false Hotness. This is their
Jiang Can and Chan Yi
herbs are with light smell. The light smell herbs bear a
capacity to lift, to rise, and such capacity belongs to a Yang,
which is good at disperse the Wind and Hotness, to make
disappear the swelling and poisoning, and to pull the
poison/toxic out of the body. The herb Bai Jiang Can also work
to dissolve the obstinate Phlegm and the herb Chan Yi is good at
clear the throat and to improve sound. If they are used together
with herb Quan Xie, they all can work to clear the stagnation,
to clear the Phlegm, to disperse the swelling and to detoxify.
When used in long term sour throat, the healing effect can be
excellent. The chronic sour throat is commonly with the Phlegm,
stagnation and toxic entangled severely in the throat, which are
caused by the burning of Jing and blood by the Fire-Poison Xie
Qi. These three herbs all belong to herbs of a insect kind, good
at searching and picking up. They are suitable to be used in the
it was found that it is not rare the sour throat caused by
Spleen Yang deficiency. A deficient Spleen Yang fails to produce
more Qi, blood and Jing to supply to the body, so there is not
enough Jing liquid to nourish and to lubricate the throat, so
that the throat become ulcer in shape that is hard to cure. The
herb Huang Qi can nourish the Spleen and to raise the Yang Qi to
the throat. It can dispel the toxic stuff and stimulate renew of
the tissue in a wound to speed up the healing. A famous TCM
doctor said that he believes the throat is similar to muscle, so
it should be associated to the Spleen. Also, the throat is the
starting point of the stomach, so it is reasonable to solve the
sour throat from the Spleen point of view. For this reason, when
treat the chronic sour throat, some herbs that nourish the
Spleen are involved, such as herb Bai Zhu, Dang Shen and Rou Gui,
Jie Gen works to disperse the Lung Qi, to dissolve the Phlegm
and to clear the throat. In the treatment of sour throat, its
effect is pretty good. I use it however is to use its capacity
to bring other herbs to the throat. Without it, the healing
effect of other herbs might be dispersed and scattered.
treatment of sour throat is complex, though it seems a simple
clinic condition. Acute pharyngitis is normally caused by
external Wind and Hotness, or by Fire-Poisoning stuff, the
healing is relatively easy. Chronic sour throat is commonly
caused by Yin deficiency-Fire overwhelming. The false Fire
rushes up to burn the throat. In the treatment of the chronic
sour throat, little bit Rou Gui should be added to bring the
false Fire back to the Kidney, under the ground of using
Yin-nourishing and Fire-clearing therapy. In terms of the
Yin-nourishing therapy, it is again needed to verify to nourish
the Spleen and Stomach Yin or Kidney Yin. For Spleen deficiency,
large amount of herb Huang Qi can work well. For withered
pharyngitis, add herb A Jiao, together with the Huang Qi, to
nourish the Qi and blood the same time, to nourish and lubricate
the throat. For hypertrophic pharyngitis, add herb Zhe Bei Mu,
Mu Li and Chuan Shan Jia to increase the ability of the formula
in Phlegm-clearing and mass-dispersing capacity, and so on.
19. Cerebral thrombosis
Ban and Ba Ji Tian
40, the Yin in a body is exhausted half, according to Chinese
medicine. When the Kidney Yin is not sufficient, the false Fire
burns the liquid part of the body into Phlegm and burns the
blood into stagnated clot, or a Liver Wind that is caused by
upset or angry feeling is created in the body. The Phlegm, the
stagnated clot and the Liver Wind entangled together to block
the brain meridians to cause the cerebral thrombosis. The herb
Gui Ban is good at supply Yin liquid, which is the main
principle in the treatment of this disease. When the Kidney Yang
is not sufficient, there would have no enough Yang Qi to run the
body function or to warm up the body, the blood circulation
becomes sluggish to form stagnated clot, the body liquid part
forms Phlegm, and the Phlegm and clots can also entangled in the
brain to cause this disease. The herb Ba Ji Tian works to
nourish the Kidney Yang Qi. It is warm but not so dry. It is
also another major way to treat this disease. I normally use
both of the herbs, to make the use of the Yin-Yang
transformation each other. If the Yin deficiency is more, use
more Gui Ban, and if the Yang deficiency is more, use more Ba Ji
Tian. These two herbs are not greasy, so they do not cause more
Phlegm or wetness accumulation in the body. For this reason,
they are used often.
Nan Xing and Ban Xia
caused by Yin deficiency is a hot Phlegm. I like to use herb Dan
Nan Xing to dissolve it. The Phlegm caused by
Yang deficiency is a cold Phlegm. I normally use herb Ban
Xia to warm up and to evaporate it. I also often use herb Bai
Jiang Can and Shi Chang Pu. The herb Bai Jing Can is good at
dispersing Wind and to dredge the meridians. The herb Shi Chang
Pu is good at opening the openings in the head (eye, ear, nose).
Some patients like to eat oily or greasy food, or have irregular
diet habit, so that there is Phlegm formed in the body. In this
case, herbs should be used to nourish the Spleen so as to clear
the Phlegm. All in all, the kind of the Phlegm-clearing herbs
should be decided according to the patient condition and the
cause for the Phlegm.
Zhi and Di Long
herbs belong to the strong herbs among the herbs that work to
stimulate blood circulation. They are good at the cure of
obstacle diseases. When used in severe disease conditions, they
can prevent complications to happen. For this reason, they are
commonly used in the treatment of the cerebral thrombosis
condition. Once the clinic condition become stable, they can be
omitted from the herbal formula, replaced with other herbs, such
as Dang Gui, Chuang Xiong and San Qi, etc.
Gong and Quan Xie
it is in an acute stage or in complication stage, these two
herbs can work to solve facial paralysis, body paralysis, hard
to speak. This is common sense in the TCM community, so no need
to talk too much more.
A long term
disease course would cause a weakness condition of the body. The
block and stagnation of blood vessels and meridians is due to
the Qi deficiency. In the treatment of the post stroke syndrome,
I therefore pay much attention to the Qi-nourishing and
Blood-activating therapy. The herb Huang Qi can not only relax
the blood vessel walls to improve blood circulation, but also
activate the central nerve system. It is good for the treatment
of the post stroke syndrome in many aspects.
(6). Ge Gen
The herb Ge
Gen is good at rising pure energy (Qi) to the brain, so as to
drain the wasted, foul Qi down the body. Previously, there is a
friend on the internet believes that the herb Ge Gen can
increase the blood pressure. This is not true. What it raised is
clear and pure energy Qi, which will not cause headache or
dizziness. That causes headache and dizziness is the foul Qi,
such as Phlegm and stagnated Qi. Ge Gen raises the pure and
clear Qi up to the brain, so to disperse the foul Qi off the
brain. So, when deal with the patients with high blood pressure,
and with cerebral thrombosis caused by the Phlegm and foul
stagnation, it can be used without too much worry. Only when
deal with the Liver Fire-up rushing condition, it should be used
with care. It can improve the cerebral blood circulation so to
reduce the increased blood pressure. It is also with less toxic
effect. I use it in almost every formula.
thrombosis is a commonly seen disease, and also a very complex
disease. Only several comments can not explain every aspect for
the treatment. For example, several years ago, I treated a
patient with Liver Fire Up-raising with Phlegm. His most symptom
is high blood pressure and hard to walk. He was kept in hospital
for seven days without any improvement. I used Yi Mu Cao 90 gram
as the main ingredient. The healing effect shows up after four
days. On the 7 days of the treatment, he could walk. After half
month, he could handle his daily life. The Yi Mu Cao works to
clear the Liver, to activate blood circulation, to dispel the
Wind, and to reduce the blood pressure. Another example is a
patient who craving for alcohol. His pulse suggests that he is
in a Yang-Ming overwhelming condition. The arm and leg on one
side can not move by will. I used herb Da Huang as main
ingredient and get him cured without any complication. There is
a comment that the artery sclerosis is caused by megavirus
infection and it should be added an anti-virus herb, etc. If the
TCM diagnosis is correct and precise, and the herb is used in a
proper way, it is rare to have a case without healing effect.
If there is
a sign suggesting stroke, I would apply Kidney-nourishing
therapy as a main therapy, and a blood-activating and
Phlegm-clearing therapy as a complementary. In acute stage, the
main therapy is to clear the Phlegm and Kidney-nourishing and
circulation-activating therapy as a complementary. In the post
stroke complication stage, the herbs should be used mostly to
nourish the Qi and Kidney and to activate the circulation but
the Phlegm-clearing is a complementary means. This is one way to
figure out the healing principle. For the difficulty to move arm
or leg, use meridian-directing herbs. If the problem is in the
arm, use herb Sang Zhi and Fang Feng; in the leg, use Niu Xi and
Di Long; in the left side, use Chuang Xiong and Huang Qi; and in
the right side, use Chi Shao and Dang Gui. If the patient has
pain (pituitary-inducing pain), and if the Qi-nourishing,
circulation-stimulating and meridian-dredging therapy does not
work, add herb Fu Zi to warm the meridian can get healing effect
in most cases. If there is arm and leg spasm, use Mu Gua and Bai
Shao, etc. If the arm and leg feels weak, use herb Gui Zhi and
Ma Qian Zi. If there is facial paralysis, use herbal formula
Qian Zhen Sang, etc.
20. Chronis nephritis
Shou Wu and Yin Yang Huo
is a organ in which both the Fire and Water are stored in. If
there is sign for Yin deficiency in the kidney disease, the most
common reason is the sticking of Fire-poison Xie Qi in the
kidney, which damages the kidney Yin, in addition to the failure
of the kidney’s function to keep and to restore the fine Jing
stuff in the body. The fine Jing stuff leaks from the urine to
lose the Yin stuff. It can also be due to genetic Yin deficient
body of the patient. The herb He Shou Wu is good at nourishing
the kidney Yin, to fill up the Jing stuff and blood in the
kidney. It can be used together with other herbs, such as Nu
Zhen Zi and Han Lian Cao. Work together, it would have no side
effect to keep the Wetness Xie Qi in the body. In clinic, it is
more common to see a Yang deficiency. It is caused by the first
Yin deficiency, which makes there is no enough fine Jing to
produce more Yang Qi. The Kidney belongs to Yin in constitution
but works as Yang in the body. If only supply more Yang without
nourishing the Yin, the Yin might be exhausted. Therefore, the
Yin and the Yang should be nourished the same time. When the
Kidney Yin is sufficient, the Kidney Yang is produced in
sufficient and works for longer time too. The kidney function is
possible to restore to normal. To supply Kidney Yang, I like to
use herb Yin Yang Huo, since it has also a function to nourish
Jing Qi. If the Yang deficiency is very apparent with swelling,
add stronger Warming herbs, such as Fu Zi. It is really
depending on the person’s condition to decide to nourish the Yin
or the Yang relatively more.
swelling in chronic nephritis could be due to the Spleen Yang
deficiency. The herb Huang Qi warmly nourish the Spleen Qi and
there is also a raising function among its nourishing capacity.
The rise of the Qi is followed by the descending of water. Used
with Spleen-nourishing herbs, the nourished Spleen functions to
dry the Wetness so to solve the swelling, to control the blood
circulation within the blood vessels so to control the bleeding
in urine. At the same time, the Huang Qi also nourish the Lung,
to help the lung to dredge the water (urine) conduct, so to
improve the secretion of extra water out of the body. The
chronic nephritis is usually triggered by common cold (the
external stimulation). The Huang Qi nourish the
and to strength the skin defense system to prevent against the
external attacks (by Wind, Cold or Hotness). When used together
with Kidney-nourishing herbs, it works to seal the Jing Qi
within the kidney, so to stop the protein urine. In a long term
disease course, the Xie Qi stick deep in the body. Huang Qi
could push the Xie Qi to the surface layer of the body. In a
long term disease, there could also be blood stagnation, that
could hurt the kidney to make the nephritis worse. The Huang Qi
works with circulation-activating herbs to improve blood
circulation, etc. All in all, if there is no the herb Huang Qi,
I would rather not treat the nephritis.
Tui and Liang Qiao
nephritis is commonly triggered by a common cold. The external
Xie Qi invades in the body, hidden in the kidney, and eventually
causes the entangled Wetness, Hotness, Toxic and poison, and
Phlegm in the kidney that is obstacle to be dispelled. If the
body is in a weakness condition (Qi deficiency), the person is
easy to get the common cold, e.g. to be attacked by the external
Xie Qi. The repeated attacks by the external Xie Qi make the
body condition worse and worse. It is important to dispel Xie Qi
for the treatment, but it is similarly important to help the
body defense system (the Zheng Qi). I prefer the use of herb
Chang Tui and Liang Qiao to clear the Xie Qi, the toxic stuff.
The Chang Tui is good at dispersing Wind-Hotness, to combat
against allergy. It is very useful to control the development of
the disease. The herb Liang Qiao is also good at detoxify, and
at disperse mass and solve the swelling. For these reasons,
these two herbs are used quite often.
(4). Yi Mu
some diseases show swelling. If the water-dispelling (urination
therapy) does not work, the circulation-improving therapy might
still be able to work. The explanation for this phenomenon is
that, if the blood is not circulated smoothly, the water will be
accumulated to form swelling. In the nephritis, the kidney is
damaged somehow, there would be blood stagnation in the kidney
micro-circulation network, which could cause the swelling. The
herb Yi Mu Cao can improve blood circulation so to reduce
swelling. For the patients with hypertension, it makes the water
that raising up to the brain descends, so to reduce blood
pressure. Even if it is high blood pressure caused by Yin
deficiency and Yang overwhelming, the herb can also reduce the
blood pressure. The circulation-improving therapy is commonly
used together with herb Di Long. The herb Yi Mu Cao can also
improve the high clotting situation of the body. I usually use
it in a large dose. The effect is excellent.
(5). Xue Yu
Spleen is in deficient condition, it is unable to control the
blood circulate within the blood vessels, so that there could be
blood in the urine during nephritis. If the kidney
micro-circulation network (meridian) is damaged, there could
also be blood in urine. To choose bleeding-stopping herbs, I
like to use Xue Yu Tan, for the reason that it can improve blood
circulation and stop bleeding the same time, as well as the
bleeding is stopped without formation of blood clots in the
kidney. It again has ability to nourish the Yin and to improve
urination. For these reasons, I use it more often. In clinic, I
also use other herbs, such as San Qi, together with the Xue Yu
(6). Wu Wei
Kidney is in deficient, it fails to keep Jing stuff in the
kidney, so there would be proteins in the urine. In clinic, I
like to use herb Wu Wei Zi to improve the retaining property of
the kidney. At the same time, I use herb Jing Ying Zi and Sang
Piao Xiao, together with other herbs that nourish the Spleen and
Kidney. The protein urine can be solved by this way in most
cases. Such therapy would not crease a side effect to create
Wetness in the body, since there is other herbs that work to
clear Wetness in the body.
treatment of nephritis, the cause and the symptoms of the
disease should be treated the same time. In a stable stage, the
therapy should focus on the nourish of Spleen and Kidney. In
onset stage, in which the Wetness-Poison stuff is overwhelming,
or in which there is external Xie Qi invasion, the therapy
should focus on the dispelling of the Xie Qi. The Wetness
clearance herbs used are usually Fu Ling, Bai Mao Gen, Yu Mi Xu,
and so on. Try not to use herb Mu Tong.
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21. Chronic Pyelonephritis
(1). Tu Fu
cause for the chronic pyelonephritis is the stick and the
entangle of Wetness-Hotness Toxic-poison stuff in the kidney.
Together due to the body in a weakness condition, the Xie Qi is
kept in the body for a long time. To dispel the Xie Qi, I choose
first the herb Tu Fu Ling. This herb is good at dissolve the
Wetness-poison stuff. It works very good for infection in urine
system. It can also improve urination. For the structure of the
pelvis within the kidney, it is easy to keep the toxic Xie Qi
there for a long time. The improvement in urination helps to
clear the kidney with rush force, so it is helpful to improve
(2). Hu Bo
When the Wetness-Hotness
stick in the kidney, the Qi circulation is damaged, which causes
the stagnation in the water and blood circulation. Also due to
the weakness condition of the body, there is no sufficient
energy to guide the blood circulation, which make the stagnation
of the blood circulation worse. The blood stagnation makes the
whole disease worse, resulting in a chronic disease condition.
The pelvis becomes blood stagnated, disformed in shape, fibril
tissue formed. All of such pathological changes belong to the
Phlegm in the Chinese medicine. The herb Hu Bo is good at
improving blood circulation and at clearing the inflammation in
urine system. Used together with herb Dan Shen and Tu Bie Chong,
all help to clear the stagnated blood clots, to improve local
blood circulation within the kidney, to speed up the absorption
of the inflammation, to soften the scar tissue and to repair the
of Wetness-Hotness and Toxic-poisoning stuff in the kidney is
closely related to the weakness of body life energy (the body
Zheng Qi). The herb Huang Qi can push the toxic floating to the
surface of the body. When used together with herb Feng Fang and
Zao Jiao Ci, it is more powerful to pick up the deeply stuck Xie
Qi. In addition, Huang Qi can indirectly clear the Wetness and
Phlegm (this has been mentioned again and again above).
Therefore, the herb Huang Qi is very important in the treatment
of this disease.
Huang Bo is good at clearing the Wetness-Hotness in the kidney.
This is the main function of this herb. In addition, the Hotness
Xie Qi is easy to hurt the Yin in the body. The Wetness-clearing
herb also has a trend to damage the Yin. Huang Bo works to
strength the Yin. If the Yin deficiency is apparent, it is need
to add other herb, Hang Lian Cao, and Nu Zhen Zi to nourish the
Yin. This is the Qi-supporting therapy.
Xie Qi belongs to a Yin Xie Qi, which tends to hurt the Yang Qi
in the body, especially to hurt the Spleen and Kidney Yang Qi.
When the Yang Qi is not sufficient, it fails to evaporate water,
so that the Wetness accumulates and sticks in the kidney and in
urine bladder, which further more makes the disease into
obstinate stage. To warm the Yang Qi, I like to use Rou Gui,
which is powerful to clear the Wetness. I usually nourish the
Yin and Yang the same time. When nourishing the Yin, the
sufficient Yin would be able to evaporate into the Yang Qi,
makes the Yang Qi have a source to be created. This is the
theory that the Yin can produce the Yang, and the Yang can
create more Yin.
stage, it should pay attention more to dispel the Xie Qi. In a
stable stage, pay more attention to support the body life energy
and the defense system. Even if the urine tract stimulating
symptoms disappears completely, the treatment needs to be
continued for one month. At the same time, use the life energy
supporting therapy. By this way, the disease is hopeful to cure.
If there is blood in the urine, and high blood pressure, treat
them accordingly. But the main healing principle should be kept.
To dispel Hotness-Toxic, the herb Jing Yin Hua, Bai Hua She She
Cao are used. If the toxic stuff is obstinate to remove, use
herb Ku Shen, Zao Xiu, and Quan Xie to clear it. To clear the
Wetness, use herb Hua Shi, and Che Qian Zi, etc. It should be
careful not to damage the Yin during the Wetness clearing
therapy. Bitter-Cold herbs tends to hurt the Spleen-stomach. Add
Chen Pi and Bai Zhu to prevent the side effect. No not forget
the herb Niu Xi, which works as guide to direct other herbs
working in the kidney. This disease is complex and easy to come
back and the clinic progression is severe. It needs a long time
to cure, so the herbs should not be used for a large dose and
not to extreme. Do not catch the mistake to solve one problem
but create another problem.
22. Obstinate headache
Chuan Xiong is spicy and warm in herbal nature. It can travel up
to the brain, to dispel the Wind and to stop the pain. It can be
used to solve the headache that is caused by either external or
internal Xie Qi. For overwhelming and obstinate headache, the
dose should be large (20 to 30 grams). For weakness condition,
use smaller dose. This is common sense but it is very important,
so it has to be mentioned here.
more seen in female. It is more related to the emotional stress.
It is in most cases caused by Liver Yang overwhelming. The herb
Bai Shao helps to calm down Liver and to relax the spasm. In
complex angioneurotic headache, some cases are caused by Liver
deficiency (such as the headache is with family history). The
blood vessels are dominated by the Liver. If the liver blood is
not sufficient, there would have no sufficient blood to nourish
the vessels. The blood stagnation and Phlegm would be produced.
In addition of the triggering by external Wind or internal Wind,
the headache comes. The herb Bai Shao helps to nourish the Yin
and to supply blood, so to nourish the micro-blood network. If
the pain is due to the disorder in the blood vessel contract and
relaxation, use the Bai Shao together with herb Chai Hu, which
could recover the blood vessel function of contract and relax.
For headache caused by blood stagnation, the stagnated blood is
“died’ blood or a withered blood, since its exist is related
with the wither of the micro-circulation network. The herb Bai
Shao helps to lubricate the micro-circulation network, making
the withered blood clot easier to be removed. Its use helps to
reduce the strong dryness nature of the herb Chuan Xiong.
The herb Wu
Gong is the fastest to move and to travel in the tissues and
organs, everywhere in the body where there is blood stagnation
or clots. It works to pick up Wind and to conduct the
micro-circulation network. For obstinate headache caused by
blood stagnation, I use it very often. If it is not available,
use Quan Xie as a replace. These two herbs, when used for the
treatment of headache, are rarely without effect.
(4). Ge Gen
headache comes mostly after a nervous condition or a labor work
(such as computer work, or lift heavy stuff), which cause the
neck muscle contracting for a long time so to cause the pain.
The herb Ge Gen works to raise the pure energy to the head and
to relax muscle on the neck so to solve the headache. For this
kind of headache, I use the Ge Gen very often. In addition, I
also use it often in the treatment of
cervical spondylosis with headache and tight shoulders.
headache caused by blood stagnation, beside using
circulation-improving therapy, I also pay much attention to
Liver-dredging therapy. The function of the Liver is to dredge
the pathways or conducts of the energy flow and blood flow. The
formation of the stagnated blood is also related to the Liver
stagnation. So, to dissolve the stagnated blood, it should first
dredge the stagnated liver.
deficiency would produce Phlegm, which can trigger Liver Wind,
and the Liver Wind rushes up to the head, to block the head,
stagnate the blood circulation network, so to cause the
headache. The herb Bai Jiang Can works to dissolve Phlegm, as
well as to dispel Wind, dredge the circulation network, so to
stop the pain. To have a radical cure, it should be added the
herb Bai Zhu and Fu Ling to nourish the Spleen, to stop the
source of the Phlegm.
headache is usually related to the weakness in the Liver, Spleen
and Kidney, to the accumulation and entangle of Phlegm, Wind and
blood stagnation, etc. In another words, it means it is a
condition in which the weakness and the overwhelming condition
stay together. I myself believe that the herbs of plants may
work by using large dose, the herbs of animal/insects origin
could work better to search and pick the disease-causing stuff
out. Of course there are some patients with headache of weakness
condition alone. For the treatment, it should be sued to nourish
the Qi and blood, to nourish the Liver and Kidney etc. To
nourish the Qi an blood, I prefer to nourish the middle Spleen
Qi, so as to supply more Qi and blood to the head. To support
the Liver and Kidney, I like to use the bone marrow-warming and
blood-nourishing therapy to fill the brain and spine. If the
pain is very severe to tolerate, add herb Xi Xin, Feng Fang and
Yuan Hu, etc. to solve symptoms. If the headache is due to too
much brain work, I usually add herb Suan Zao Ren and He Huan Hua
to nourish the spirit, so as to reduce pain. For the herbs that
could guide other herbs to focus on a specific meridians on the
head, it is well known, no need for me to mention them here
23. Nervous exhaustion (poor
it is common to see a nervous exhaustion caused by Yin
deficiency and Yang overwhelming, as well the disharmony between
the Heart and the Kidney. Fore the treatment, the therapy should
be used to nourish the Yin and dive the Yang, as well as to
harmony the Heart and the Kidney. The herb Huang Lian can clear
Heart Fire. With additional use of herb Sheng Di to nourish the
Kidney Yin, the poor sleep can be solved. This therapy is also
called To release the South but to nourish the North. After the
Yin is supplied and the Yang is dived down, the Yin and the Yang
is in a harmony situation, of course the one can fall into sleep
Gu and Muli
Long Gu goes into the Liver to calm spirit, and the Mu Li into
the Lung to calm spirit. The Liver spirit and the Lung spirit
are the assistants of the Heart spirit. These two herbs are good
at diving the Yang, making the Yang moving and staying in the
Yin. This couple works better for nervous exhaustion caused by
imbalance between the Yin and the Yang.
stomach is in an irritated condition, the sleep will be also in
an irritated condition as poor sleep. In such condition, use
herb Ban Xia which can calm down the stomach so to improve
sleep. It can also conduct the Yin and Yang together, to make
the Yang moving into the Yin to calm. It has been indicated in a
TCM book that, when used with herb Xia Ku Cao to conduct the Yin
and Yang, the Ban Xi obtains the extreme Yin Qi to grow and the
Xia Ku Cao gains the extreme Yang Qi to develop. There combined
effect is to conduct the Yin and the Yang together in a harmony
condition, to transfer one season to another season, from one
time zone into another time zone, so to solve the poor sleep.
However, if the poor sleep is caused by the stirring of Heart by
Hot Phlegm, it is needed to add herb Huang Lian.
is responsible to blood circulation, the Liver, to the blood
storage. The Heart is also responsible to hide and keep the
spirit and the Liver, the emotion. The herb Suan Zao Ren works
to nourish the Heart spirit and supply blood to the liver. So it
is good to solve sleep caused by Liver blood insufficiency.
patients have nervous exhaustion caused by emotional disorders,
upset, irritate, depression, and poor sleep. The herb He Huang
Hua works to solve depression and to calm spirit. It is
especially good for poor sleep with irritate and annoyed
feeling. It has been tested and found that, the combination of
He Hua Hua and Suan Zao Ren have very good sleep improvement
effect. Many times, they can be used without TCM diagnosis. For
example, when treat a patient with other disease, and with the
idea to solve the poor sleep at the same time, I added these two
herbs 30 grams each into that main formula, it is rare that the
sleep was not improved. With the same amount, the He Huan Hua
works better than Suan Zao Ren.
patients with poor sleep are with clear Kidney deficiency
condition, such as headache, poor memory, weak legs, etc. A long
time poor sleep is easy to exhaust Heart blood. The blood and
the fine nutrition stuff shares the same source. So the fine
nutrition material is also in short. For this reason, to supply
more fine nutritional material would also be good to create more
Heart blood. The herb He Shou Wu is my commonly used herb to
nourish the Kidney micro-nutritional material. Pharmacologic
study suggests that it could strength nerves. For nervous
exhaustion condition, I would rather like to use it for this
reason. Other herbs that could also work to strength the nerve
system is Wu Wei Zi and Ren Shen, etc. It is better to use them
based on correct TCM diagnosis.
could results in poor sleep and nervous exhaustion, such as over
mind work or heavy and exhausting labor work, which exhaust the
Heart and Spleen; and long term of upset or angry feeling, which
hurt the Liver. The basic mechanism for the poor sleep is the
disorder in the organ functions, that cause imbalance between
the Yin and the Yang Qi. If the core mechanism for the poor
sleep can be verified out, the treatment is not so difficult.
Wetness, Phlegm and stagnation stick in the gall bladder, or
emotional disorders, all can stagnate the Liver Qi, to reduce
the ability of Liver in dredging the movement and the
circulation pathway of the Qi. Large amount of herb Chai Hu
works to dredge the Liver and the gall bladder. It can also
guide other herbs focusing on the gall bladder. No matter the
disease is in acute or chronic phase, it should be the first
function of gall bladder is descending in Chinese medicine. Once
the bladder is blocked, there would be pain. For the herbs that
work to improve the descending function, I chose the herb Zhi
Shi. It break the sluggish Qi and to solve fullness and
bloating, to dissolve Phlegm and shrink mass in the body. Its
function is pretty powerful to conduct the gall juice flow. Its
effect comes also very fast. When used in weak body, it should
be used together with herb Huang Qi to support the basic body
(3). Zhi Zi
On the year
when I just started to work as TCM doctor, I had a co-worker who
got acute onset of chronic chelocystitis with severe pain. In
vein infusion did not work. Herb Da Huang extinct did not work
either. My dear teacher told me to rinse the herb Zhi Zi 30 gram
in water, to drink it as a tea. The healing effect is very
excellent. For chronic cholecystitis, the long term of
stagnation of gall bladder creates Fire. The herb Zhi Zi works
to clear the Fire. Due to this early year experience, this herb
is very commonly used in my formula to treat this disease.
works to clear Fire and to neutralize toxic stuff, to cure
carbuncle and to dissolve mass. I use this herbs very often for
the diseases in the liver, gall blander, breast, and stomach. It
is though not a very strong herb, but it still works very good
if we use a proper dose. To treat the chronic cholecystitis in
earlier year, I have tried Yin Chen and Jing Qian Cao. Nowadays,
I use the herb Pu Gong Ying. It may not be changed in future
anymore. For this herb, I usually use 30 – 80 grams.
Zhi and Bai Jiang Can
If the Fire
accumulated in the gall bladder for a longer time, there must be
Phlegm and stagnated clot entangled in the bladder. Since their
entangle, the disease becomes obstinate to cure. If the B
ultrasound detect shows the gall bladder wall thicker, the
stone, and polypus, I would treat the disease as Phlegm and
stagnated clot. Since the Phlegm is a obstinate Phlegm, the herb
of insect origin is needed to break it. Otherwise it is hard to
work. These two herbs work to repair the wall of the bladder,
ensuring a long time healing effect. For those of patients with
this disease, who I treated, and whom followed my healing plan
well, their disease is rarely recurred.
 Bie Jia:
 Feng Fang: Honey
comb. Feng: bee; Fang: net, house.
The fruit of Chinese wolfberry
 The concept of
phlegm in Chinese medicine is a very broad concept, not
only means the “phlegm” out of body through cough.
root of three-nerved spicebush.