Insomnia & Anxiety Formulas

December 5, 2023

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Insomnia & Anxiety Formulas

Explore 10 formulas that calm the Shen and support healthy sleep and mental function. This list was compiled to help you as a practitioner quickly and easily compare formulas, their functions, indications, and ingredients.

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Releasing Trauma: Considering Late- versus Early-Onset in the Treatment of PTSD

December 4, 2023

Catherine J. Lumenello

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A common archetype of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) is the aging, war-torn veteran, but in an era of constant and intimate exposure to tragic imagery and social injustice from across the globe, on top of the normal, daily stressors so many people experience, the signs of psychological wear-and-tear at the level of trauma are unfortunately frequent. Whereas we might expect the PTSD-sufferer to experience flashbacks, emotional outbursts, sleep issues, and extreme physical pain, these are just a few of the “re-experiencing” type symptoms of PTSD. Other symptoms of PTSD fall into three basic categories.

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The Treatment of Depression with Chinese Medicine

December 3, 2023

William Maclean, M.Sc. Chin. Med.

Depressed patients experience a range of symptoms in addition to the mood component, and it is helpful to think of depression as a disorder that interferes with the basic aspects of life: the energy for activity, appetite, sex drive and sleep.

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Master Tung’s Magic Points and 11.17 Mu (The Wood Anger Points)

December 1, 2023

Susan Johnson, L.Ac.

In more than thirty years of clinical practice, I have never found any point to be more useful than Master Tung’s points called “Mu” or wood points. My teacher, Dr. Miriam Lee (1926-2009), fondly called them “The Wood Anger Points” because they have such a profound effect upon the nervous system and the liver.

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Shen Qi Wu Wei Zi Wan / Abundant Qi Plus Teapills to strengthen Wei Qi and calm the Shen

November 28, 2023

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Abundant Qi PlusAccording to Chinese medicine theory, a person can only be invaded by wind if it is either very strong or if the person’s Wei Qi is too weak. Although there is no true substitute for a good diet and a good night’s sleep, this formula strongly strengthens the Qi and particularly the Wei Qi, to strengthen one’s resistance and prevent wind invasions when the body is slightly off kilter. The beauty of this tonic formula is that it also calms the spirit, so it can be especially beneficial for someone with anxiety and difficulty winding down and sleeping.

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Acupuncturists Without Borders 2023 Update

November 21, 2023

Acupuncturists Without Borders

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Some acupuncturists and health care professionals might think that AWB has abundant resources, equivalent to those of large NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders or the Red Cross. In fact, AWB has a staff of four part-time employees and a relatively small Board of Directors. Like many small nonprofits, AWB strives to “show up” as one of the few service organizations in our profession. Despite AWB’s limited resources, we are proud of almost two decades of healing work that has brought trauma-informed care to millions of people and training to over 8,000 healthcare practitioners worldwide.

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Empowering Holistic Wellness: Charlotte Maxwell Clinic's 2023 Highlights

November 21, 2023

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

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Empowering holistic wellness in 2023, East Bay integrative care clinic expands access to services, welcomes new volunteers, and fosters vital partnerships to serve San Francisco Bay Area low-income women with cancer. Get the latest on how Charlotte Maxwell Clinic is making a difference.

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Universal Holistic Healthcare 2023 Update

November 17, 2023

Universal Holistic Healthcare

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Universal Holistic Healthcare is a 501c3 that works to promote integrative healthcare services to underserved and under-resourced communities both domestically in the United States and globally. They've done numerous projects in St Louis, Missouri including an integrative HIV/AIDS clinic providing low-cost acupuncture services through collaboration with health clinics for uninsured/underinsured in addition to working towards the construction of Sankofa Integrative Medicine Clinic and Community Healthcare Worker Training Center in Kukurantumi, Ghana, West Africa. Read more about their cause and how to contribute.

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Young Adults in Crisis: Healing with Acupuncture and Council

November 10, 2023

Diana Fried, L.Ac.

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The prevalence of stress, anxiety and depression has reached alarming levels. Isolation is a dangerous societal trend. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has highlighted the epidemic of loneliness and emphasized the significance of fostering social connections and building communities to enhance overall health and well-being. In response to this pressing crisis, Diana Fried, the founder of Acupuncturists Without Borders, has undertaken the creation of a pioneering pilot program.

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'Tis the Season for Curing Pills

November 9, 2023

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Curing Pills It's the season where we traditionally want to reach for Curing Pills, and this year they are especially useful. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned every familiar aspect of our lives upside down, and our digestion may very well be suffering too. With more folks working from home, designing new routines for social interaction, more stress eating, more takeout foods, and possibly less exercise, our digestion has no doubt been challenged. Factor in the upcoming winter months with more time spent indoors and the consumption of seasonally rich foods, and we have the perfect recipe for digestive distress. Curing Pills to the rescue! Read More

Navigating Holiday Eating - Healing the Yi Spirit

October 30, 2023

Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, L.Ac.

image 2 feet standing on a scale Self-healing principles are about making small changes consistently, keeping promises we make for ourselves, learning to set clear boundaries, and healing our relationship with food. The key here is small bites - these aren’t promises like hitting the gym every day; it’s small promises like making the bed every day and something we can surely follow through on. The act of doing it helps to rewire the brain and invite the Yi back to the center again because we are no longer denying our own needs.

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Three Herb Formulas for Food Stagnation

October 29, 2023

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Food Stagnation Formulas

Food stagnation corresponds to indigestion or an upset stomach. Food stagnation is not a disease but rather a variety of symptoms that are experienced; including mild abdominal pain or cramping and a feeling of fullness soon after eating. This article covers three popular formulas for Food Stagnation; find out which formula is best for you and your patients.

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Treatment of Obesity with Chinese Medicine

October 28, 2023

William Maclean, M.Sc. Chin. Med.

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Obesity (fei pang 肥胖) is on the rise worldwide and is the most common nutrition related disorder in the developed world. Most commonly it is associated with an increase in the energy value and quantity of food consumed, coupled with a decrease in activity.

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Sustainability of Chinese Herbal Medicine

October 9, 2023

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Sustainability of Chinese Medicine

Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations. This article includes information on what is being done to protect herb species for a more sustainable future. You will also gain an in-depth resource guide that lists Chinese Herbs which may not be available or are restricted for sale in the US.

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Growing Herb Demand and Quality Concerns

October 8, 2023

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

photo of the Bozhou Herb Market Fakes, reconditioned and counterfeit herbs. Take a look into the shadier side of herb sourcing and learn what you can do to avoid it. Chinese herbs are commodities, and traded in the billions of dollars.In 2016, the value of Chinese herbs traded totaled US$6.3 billion, of which US$2.3 billion was exported. China itself uses a staggering US$4 billion dollars’ worth of herbs each year.

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