Digestion

'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.

Photo of a person on a scale

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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Digestive Support Formulas Comparison

May 1, 2023

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Digestive formulas Comparison

This easy chart shows 13 popular digestive 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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Zi Sheng Wan/Nourish Life Pills for a mixed excess and deficiency pattern of digestive upset

April 27, 2023

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Zi Sheng Wan

The primary goal of Zi Sheng Wan is to strengthen Spleen Qi and specifically the Spleen's ability to transform food and transport fluids, thus invigorating digestive function and increasing the absorption of nutrients. Secondarily it eliminates the blockage of food stagnation and dampness that has accumulated in the Stomach and Intestines due to the improperly digested food, and clears heat or damp-heat that may have been generated from the chronic stagnation.

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Golden Cabinet Lamb Recipe

January 4, 2022

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

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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Huang Bai Summer Soup

August 4, 2020

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Huang Bai Summer Soup

Huang Bai Summer Soup is a simple and nourishing soup that is perfect to clear Summer Heat and strengthen the middle Jiao. Making use of the corn cob after cutting off the kernels, in combination with the sweet crispness of carrots and sharpness of dried ginger make for a balanced and nutrient-rich treat.

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Essential Travel Formulas

August 3, 2020

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Travel Formulas No matter your type or time of travel, the family First-Aid kit is an essential item. Though the standard First-aid kit contains the usual emergency care items, traditional Chinese medicine has its own special list of medicines to address common health issues that can come up during many adventures. Over the decades of teaching traditional Chinese herbal medicine, countless students have asked me to share my list of recommended herbal formulations to always have on hand. The Plum Flower® Travel Kit includes covers the most common emergency needs.

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Long Yan Rou, Peanut & Fish Congee

May 20, 2020

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Fish Congee Rice congee, or porridge, is a traditional staple of Cantonese cuisine eaten in the morning hours, between 7-11 AM, when the Stomach and Spleen Qi are ready for nourishment, gently warming the digestive system and preparing us for the day’s opportunity. It is also a recuperative food that can be supportive to recovery following a long period of illness.

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Si Ni San Wan to Release Constraint

August 30, 2019

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Si Ni San Wan

In the modern clinic, Si Ni San is used for Liver Qi stagnation patterns with cold extremities, stress, emotional upset and digestive disturbance. Key symptoms include digestive issues in a patient with cold hands and feet where the cold is usually limited to the fingers and toes and doesn’t extend past the wrists or ankles, symptoms are worsened by strong emotions and stress, and are accompanied by a wiry pulse and a red tongue.

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Winter Squash and Adzuki Bean Curry Recipe

February 20, 2019

Katie Stoyka and Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Winter squash and adzuki bean curry Adzuki (sometimes spelled aduki) beans are the Chinese herb Chi xiao dou: sweet, sour and neutral to slightly cold, they drain dampness and heat from the body. When balanced with warming vegetables and spices, Chi xiao dou prevents the curry from being overly warming and helps the body drain excessive dampness, something commonly needed as we transition from winter to spring.

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Miso & Shiitake Mushroom Soup

September 29, 2015

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

According to Chinese medicine, Miso is neutral to cool, sweet and salty in nature, promotes Blood circulation and regulates the water passageways, detoxifies, nourishes Yin and tonifies the Spleen and Kidney.

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The Dance of Water & Fire: Study of the Triple Heater

June 18, 2015

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

The role of the triple heater is a complicated one. Elisabeth’s study of the Neijing texts allows us to start by defining the fu , their shared functions, extent of those roles, and the connections between the fu.

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Treatment of Constipation (bian bi 便秘) with Chinese Medicine

August 14, 2014

William Maclean, M.Sc. Chin. Med.

Constipation (bian bi 便秘) is difficulty in passing stools, prolonged intervals between stools, or a desire to defecate without the ability to do so partially or completely. The stools may be hard, dry and pebble like, or essentially normal (that is, moist and well formed).

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