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Herbalist Corner - Cang Er Zi & Xin Yi Hua

April 26, 2022

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Herbalist Corner Cang Er Zi and Xin Yi Hua

Mark Frost, Herbal Chair at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) joins highlights 2 important herbs for dispelling Wind Cold and Wind Heat and commonly used in Spring formulas. Cang Er Zi and Xin Yi Hua are compared including their TCM functions and how to select the best herbs for your patients.

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Chinese Herbs and Chicken Soup

March 18, 2022

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Chicken Soup

The days are getting shorter, colder and wet. Today is a perfect day for having a warm bowl of chicken soup. Mothers and grandmothers all over the world recommend, “Give ‘em some chicken soup!” Chicken soup with Chinese herbs is particularly warming and nourishing. Here’s a traditional recipe and demo of how to create this wonderful dish for your entire family.

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Southern (Nan) Ban Lan Gen - An Important Herb for the Times

February 15, 2022

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

Southern Ban Lan GenSince 2020, we have faced many challenges, and also many opportunities for change. Possibly at no other time in modern history has there been a greater moment for Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) to be a partner in resolving some of our most prevalent health concerns. Southern (Nan) Ban Lan Gen is one such herbal ally.

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Four Treatment Principles, Three Formulas, Two Years Later

February 14, 2022

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

symtpom chart We receive many inquiries about the latest information coming from China, and for the past two years, a sizable portion of questions have been pandemic-related. This article will answer some of those frequently asked questions. Dr. Sturgeon shares his research on the first line of defense formulas, vaccines in China, current variants, prescriptions widely used in China, and what this means to practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine in the US. The research Dr. Sturgeon shares in this article can be a helpful tool to navigate these ever-changing times.

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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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Lung Health Support Formulas

October 12, 2021

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Lung FormulasWith dozens of formulas to choose from, selecting the best Lung Formula for your patient may feel overwhelming. We've outlined 17 of our most popular formulas in an easy to read chart so you can quickly identify the best option.

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Fires and Metal: Fall Lung Formulas

October 7, 2021

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Smoky HillsAutumn is the season of metal, and pertains to the Lung and Large Intestine organs. It is the season of dryness in Chinese medicine, and as we have experienced here in California, it is also the season of wildfires. With colder weather coming, burning leaves and smoking chimneys can cause patients across the country to react to the change in air quality.

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Prepared Formulas as Practical Alternatives

September 16, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Unfinished Teapills

Although cooked water-based extractions (decoctions: 湯 tāng) are widely taught in TCM schools and commonly used in the administration of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, many TCM herbalists in the US report that patients are often reticent to take herbs in this way. Decoctions require attentive cooking unless one has an automatic decocting machine, and the odor of the herbs can permeate one’s home and disturb others in the dwelling. Dr. Skye Sturgeon discusses the use of prepared formulas such as teapills, honey pills, extract powders and more as alternatives to whole herb decoctions to improve patient compliance.

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Anxiety: The Unsettled Shen

August 5, 2021

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Bu NaoFrom the view of traditional Chinese medicine, several emotions make up what we presently describe as anxiety. On close examination four emotions stand out as comprising what we call anxiety. According to TCM theory, the emotions of fear, pensiveness, grief and anger cause the Qi to sink, stagnate, dissipate, and rise respectively.

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Renewed Formulas: Qing Fei Yi Huo & Huang Lian Shang Qing

July 16, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Qing Fei Yi Huo and Huang Lian Shang Qing Dr. Skye Sturgeon discusses 2 renewed formulas: Qing Fei Yi Huo (clears Lung Heat, reduces Fire, reverses the failure of the Lung Qi to descend, generates and restores body fluids, and promotes the descent Large Intestine Qi to remove obstruction in Yang Ming organ syndrome) and Huang Lian Shang Qing (dispels Wind Heat, clears Heat and Toxins, purges Fire, clears Damp Heat from the upper body, cools the Blood, clears Heat from the Yang Ming, and unblocks the bowels). Read More

Dosage Considerations of Extract Powders and Granules

April 16, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

How Extracts Are Made

Our Herbal Consultants are often asked about recommendations for dosing extract powders. Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac. discusses the history of herbal extract powders, dosage calculation examples, and learn how to create and tailor your own formulas!

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Deep Dive into Extract Powders & Granules

February 18, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Deep Dive on Extract Powders

Go deep into the nature of Plum Flower's Extract Powders, how they differ from granules, factors that affect yield of products, and read what 5:1 really means.

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Novel Formulas for Releasing the Exterior

January 17, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Mayway DispensaryWe have added 17 new prescription templates for our practitioners to use for creating customized formulas for their patients. Several formulas were created by Michael McCulloch of the Pine Street Foundation as referenced during his 2020 webinar broadcast. Others 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. Read More
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