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Golden Cabinet Lamb Recipe

January 4, 2022

Yvonne Lau, President of Mayway

Golden Cabinet Lamb Recipe

This goji, red dates, angelica and lamb soup recipe is from Zhang Zhongjing’s "Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Cabinet". It has the therapeutic effects of nourishing Qi and Blood, warming the Heart and Kidney, strengthening the Spleen and Stomach, and strengthening the body, making it a very suitable tonic for winter.

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Moxa Strengthens the Kidneys and Mingmen Fire

January 3, 2022

Susan Johnson, L.Ac.

Moxa is an excellent way to deeply warm the body, more important now, as we head into fall and winter. In fact, between the change of seasons, there is a two to four week period referred to as “Moxa Season.” During this interval, it is said that the “Life Gate is open.” 

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Cordyceps Cs-4: A Sustainable Alternative

January 3, 2022

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Mycelium

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, Dōng chóng xià cǎo gently tonifies the Kidney Yang and augments Jing/Essence, nourishes the Lung Yin, supports the protective Qi, transforms Phlegm, and assists in stanching blood in the Lung from Yin deficiency. Cordyceps is a rare herb in that it is harmonizing of both Yin and Yang. Some attribute this to its origin in the earth-bound underground caterpillar larva and its fruiting body ascending towards heaven.

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Cold Weather Kidney Tonics

January 2, 2022

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Cold Weather Kidney Tonics Winter is upon us and the cold winds have begun to blow once again. This is an ideal time to strengthen and tonify the Kidneys in order to ensure the Yang Qi is warming the interior, channels and collaterals. The TCM functions of the Kidneys include storing the Essence, governing fluid metabolism in the lower burner and lower extremities, receiving the Qi from the Lungs, ruling the two lower orifices, regulating reproductive and sexual function, and housing the Life Gate (Ming Men – 命門) Fire. We review our top 3 cold weather kidney tonics and their use in Chinese medicine. Read More

Yang Tonics Comparison

January 1, 2022

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Yang Tonics Comparison

Explore 7 Yang Tonics to help practitioners quickly and easily compare formulas, their functions, indications, and ingredients.

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Herbalist Corner - Yin Yang Huo, Xu Duan & Tu Si Zi

December 28, 2021

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Herbalist Corner Yin Yang Huo Xu Duan Ti Si Zi video

Mark Frost from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco highlights 3 important Yang Tonic herbs often used in formulas that benefit men's health. Yin Yang Huo, Xu Duan, and Tu Si Zi are discussed including their TCM functions and how the herbs can be used for different needs.

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Case Study: Kidney Yang Deficiency or Liver Yang Rising?

December 26, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Older Stressed Man

Acupuncturist Skye Sturgeon reviews a case study of a 68-year-old male whose chief complaint was cold feet, intermittent low back pain, and chronic tinnitus. Traditional Chinese medicine treatment plan is defined along with acupuncture points.

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復 Fù / Return, Revival, Inflection Point, Winter Solstice

December 15, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Winter Solstice Trigram

The winter solstice has always been celebrated in China as the resting time of the year. In winter the life energy is still underground. The Return of Light is just beginning; therefore, it must be strengthened by rest so that it will not be dissipated by being used prematurely. This principle of allowing energy that is renewing itself to be reinforced by rest, applies to all similar situations. The return of health after illness, the return of understanding after an estrangement: everything must be treated tenderly and with care at the beginning, so that the return may lead to a flowering in its due course.

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Understanding How Qi Gong Promotes Health

December 13, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Qi GongBreathe your way to harmony, balance, health, and well-being. Practicing Qi Gong yourself and teaching it to your patients is one of the most beneficial aspects of Chinese medicine. It can be engaged anywhere and by anyone, including those who are bed-ridden or in a wheelchair. In Qi Gong breathing, the action is focused on the exhale by intentionally contracting the diaphragm and abdominal wall muscles, squeezing out the carbon dioxide until the lungs are empty.

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Gan Mao Ling & Yin Chiao/Qiao – What’s the Difference?

December 12, 2021

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Gan Mao Ling & Yin ChiaoMany practitioners wonder what the differences are between these two very popular formulas to prevent and treat common wind-heat invasion. One main difference is that Yin Qiao is exclusively for wind-heat invasion, whereas Gan Mao Ling, likely due to its ability to strengthen the immune system, can also be used for the initial stages of wind-cold. Therefore, Gan Mao Ling may be safely taken by a patient before a determination is made as to the etiology of an early stage wind invasion, as well as for short term prevention of a wind invasion. However, if Gan Mao Ling does not work in the first couple of days...

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Two Essential Formulas for Challenging Times

December 10, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Essential Formulas

Mayway Herbs is pleased to announce two extract granule products that are based upon recent clinical assessment and research from China. Although templates of these formulas are currently available in our dispensary service, we have manufactured these new products for your prescriptive convenience. Because these formulas are extracted in an enclosed, low temperature vacuum system that preserves essential oils, they are much more powerful than a decoction made at home.

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The Great Harmonizing Prescription: Xiao Chai Hu Tang

December 1, 2021

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Xiao Chai Hu Tang Harmonizing is one of the eight treatment methods used in traditional Chinese medicine. In the contemporary practice of TCM, harmonizing prescriptions fall into four sub-categories: Shao Yang disorders, Liver and Spleen disharmonies, Stomach and Intestine disharmonies, and malarial disorders.

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Thanks (Giving) Back

November 22, 2021

Gratitude is what many of us feel and reflect upon this season. In that spirit, here are some east Asian medicine (EAM) organizations that we appreciate and support, and hope that you will consider supporting too. They all work in some way to promote traditional Chinese medicine, while fostering a sense of community and shared purpose.

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Goji Berry & Apple Pie

November 21, 2021

Dana Yates

The beloved apple has many benefits from a TCM perspective, aside from it being a nourishing and crunchy treat. Apples are cool, sweet Yin tonics that enter the Heart, Lung and Stomach meridians, and some sources say they enter the Liver meridian as well. Apples clear Heat and encourage the movement of Qi. When combined with the perfect spicy and warming trio of Rou Gui, Rou Dou Ko and Ding Xiang, which supports the digestive function, your middle Jiao will be exceedingly happy!

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The Medicine of Peace: How Herbs Can Be Used to Treat Stress, Pain and Trauma

November 20, 2021

Acupuncturists Without Borders

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) works throughout the US and internationally to bring trauma-informed, integrative health care to communities impacted by disaster, violence, climate change, poverty, and social injustice. We call AWB’s work the Medicine of Peace because cultivating peaceful, healthy communities is our overarching goal. We believe that trauma is often at the basis of human suffering, and that unless trauma cycles are interrupted and resolved at the personal, familial, community and global level, this suffering will continue unabated. Trauma healing helps people feel hopeful, resilient, and empowered.

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