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Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis & Topical Steroid Withdrawal (Part 1)

March 4, 2024

David Heron, L.Ac.

Case study photo showing patient's face rash at first visit

Eczema is a broad term used to describe numerous related but different conditions involving redness, inflammation, itching of the skin, possibly scaling and occasionally the presence of vesicles. Each type of eczema has different causes, symptoms, and treatments. Dermatitis is another term that is used interchangeably with eczema for conditions involving skin inflammation and redness. Despite similarities in meaning, certain diseases are only used with either eczema or dermatitis in their title. This article provides the background of the disease and will be followed by Part 2 discussing case studies and herbal treatments.

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Skin Formulas Comparison

March 1, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Skin formulas Comparison

This easy chart shows 10 skin formulas and how to use them including pin yin name, alternate name, functions, indications, typical tongue and pulse, and the ingredients so you can select the best formulas for your patients with ease!

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Hair Loss and Traditional Chinese Medicine

February 27, 2024

Dr. Shaohan “Eddie” Chui

photo of a woman holding a hairbrush ful of hair that has presumably fallen out

Throughout all cultures, abundant hair has been seen as a sign of radiant health, as well as fertility and virility. This is also true in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as the quantity and quality of hair is understood to reflect the state of the Zang Fu organs and physical condition. Read on to learn the connection between hair health, the 5 internal organs, and other factors contributing to hair condition.

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Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan / Seven Treasures for Hair

February 26, 2024

Janet L. Borges, MSTCM, Dipl. AC & CH (NCCAOM), L.Ac.

photo of seven treasures for hair product

Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan 七寶美髯丹, also known as Seven Treasures for Hair, tonifies both Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang, replenishes Jing, tonifies Blood, strengthens tendons and bones, and benefits vitality. Read more in this deep dive article all about this popular formula for beautiful hair!

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A Brief History of Chinese Patent Medicine

February 25, 2024

Chinese PharmacyWhat are now commonly referred to as “patent” medicines are prepared or manufactured Chinese herbal medicines, such as teapills and tablets, which have been made according to standard herbal formulas created hundreds and in some cases even thousands of years ago.

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A Brief History of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in America

February 24, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Photo of a chinatown pharmacy from 1903

Chinese medicine has a long history in the US, even before the Chinese ever set foot in America. During America’s colonial period, Chinese tea, and herbs such as rhubarb, cinnamon, cardamon, and camphor crossed the ocean to the new world, just as Appalachian wild ginseng went east. White Americans learned about Traditional Chinese Medicine not only through the herbs they consumed, but also through European and American merchants, missionaries, and medical scientists who went to China, studied, and sometimes adopted Chinese therapeutic practices. Read on to learn more about the history of TCM in America.

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2024 Year of the Wood Dragon

January 31, 2024

Wendy S. Goldman, L.Ac.

Chinese New Year 2024 dragon

Every year is either Yin or Yang, and they alternate. Since 2023 was a Yin year, 2024 is a Yang year. If we know the natures of Yin and Yang, we know that generally, Yang is faster, brighter, more active, and more powerful than Yin. That already tells us a bit about the year. Big events will be more Yang, so they may be fast and powerful. Read on for the 2024 Year of the Wood Dragon predictions!

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Chinese New Year Holiday Traditions

January 31, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Photo of Chinese new year meal with fish and eggs and dumplings

The Spring Festival is celebrated for 15 days, complete with activities, superstitions, gatherings and festivals. It is an ancient holiday which has developed over eons and while many customs are the same throughout, some are observed in specific regions or communities in China. Many of those below are especially important to the southern Chinese communities living along the Pearl River Delta and the diaspora of Cantonese immigrants around the world, including our own Lau family.

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Heart Healthy Fish with Hong Hua and Hei Mu Er

January 30, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Photo of fish dish with hong hua and hei mu er

This delicious fish recipe with safflower (Hong hua) and black fungus (Hei mu er) supports healthy blood circulation, warms the body, and tonifies the Qi. It features grouper, which is rich in a wealth of nutrients that includes selenium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins A, B6, B12, high-quality collagen, and polyunsaturated fatty acids that protect the lining of the blood vessels.

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Heart Health Formulas Comparison

January 29, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Heart Health Support formulas Comparison

These 16 formulas offer a variety of TCM approaches to supporting healthy heart function. Learn how to use each formula sorted with pin yin name, alternate name, functions, indications, typical tongue and pulse, and the ingredients so you can easily select the best formulas for your patients!

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Preparing for Chinese New Year

January 28, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Photo of a woman holding cleaning supplies

Chinese New Year, traditionally called Chūn Jié 春節 or “Spring Festival” is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. 15 days long, it is a celebration of the renewal of life, a time for ritual and prayer, gatherings of family and friends, and the observance of traditions. Lots of preparations are done before the holiday so let’s look at some of the more modern Chinese traditions you can follow for good health, happiness, and better fortune in the coming year!

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Atherosclerosis and Traditional Chinese Medicine

January 26, 2024

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Photo of man holding his chest in pain Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States and worldwide, closely followed by cancer, and then COVID-19. In this article, the risk factors of coronary artery disease will be described as well as the mechanisms that define how the condition progresses with a focus on atherosclerosis. In addition, there will be an explanation of how traditional Chinese medicine approaches a differential diagnosis and which herbal strategies may assist in supporting individuals who are coping with this condition.

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Novel Formulas for Releasing the Exterior: 2024

January 16, 2024

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Mayway Dispensary

Recent 2024 reports show virus numbers surging. These 11 prescription templates have been created to help frame custom formulas for your patients. These formulas were extracted from the National Health Commission of the PRC, Hubei Provincial Hospital, and Wuhan Union Hospital. We've provided an overview of these formulas and hope that they can be a guide for helping your patients during this crisis.

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Stewed Duck with Sha Shen & Yu Zhu

January 16, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

photo of stewed Duck Soup

In recent years, many of us have likely experienced weariness and fatigue from so many rapid changes in our post-pandemic world. Here is a favorite family recipe to renew your energy reserves and provide a warm sense of optimism and strength!

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Recovery Formulas for “Lingering Evil Qi”

January 15, 2024

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Exhausted Woman

Skye Sturgeon, L.Ac. explores strategies that are designed for the restoration of healthy functioning from Fú xié after a patient has tested seronegative for SARS Cov-2. These patients no longer suffer from COVID-19, but require various remedies to tonify the Qi, Yin, and Blood, and dispel the Lingering Evil Qi to provide for the free flow of Qi that promotes health and normal homeostasis.

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