Herbs & Formulas

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

July 16, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., 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

Stone-K Formula

June 29, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Stone-K Formula

Dr. Skye Sturgeon highlights Stone-K Formula for Shí lìn 石淋 or “Stone Obstruction” with Qi stagnation, retention of Dampness in the Lower Jiao, and underlying Kidney Qi deficiency since sufficient Kidney Qi is necessary to promote normal urinary function.

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Herbalist Corner: Medicinal Mushrooms

June 23, 2021

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Herbalist Corner: Medicinal Mushrooms

Mark Frost, L.Ac., from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, highlights 3 medicinal mushrooms: Reishi (Ling zhi), Shiitake (Hui shu hua), and Maitake (Xiang gu).

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Kai Kit Wan: For men over 50

June 10, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Kai Kit Wan

Kai Kit Wan is the popularized name in Hong Kong for Jiè Jié Wán (解結丸), which literally means "to untie a knot" and refers specifically to reducing swelling in the prostate. This article gives the benefits of each herb in Kai Kit Wan, combination formulas for your patient’s specific needs, and the TCM terms of an enlarged prostate.

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

June 8, 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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Huang Jing and Quail Soup Recipe

May 25, 2021

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Quail Soup

We combine Huang Jing with its moderate tonifying properties with Quail, Dang Shen, and Huang Qi to form a delicious soup. This is an excellent recipe for those recovering from a long illness or a period of stress that has impacted the body's Zheng Qi.

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Huang Jing and Pigeon Soup Recipe

May 25, 2021

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Pigeon Soup

The meat in this recipe specifically calls for mature Pigeon (1+years old as opposed to squab). According to the Ben Cao Gang Mu《本草纲目》 (Compendium of Materia Medica), “meat can replenish the five internal organs, benefit the Middle, nourish vital energy, strengthen the bones, resist Cold and Heat, and reduce Heat.” In addition to replenishing Qi, it is also known to regulate menstruation. Pigeon meat is sweet, salty and neutral, entering the Liver and Kidney meridians, functioning to nourish the Kidneys and vital Qi, while also dispelling wind, and tonifying Jing / Essence and blood.

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Zhi Bai Di Huang Tang for Hot Flashes

May 23, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Menopause Support

Menopause is the phase in a woman’s life during which she transitions from a reproductive to a non-reproductive stage. Literally, the word is used to indicate the permanent cessation of menstruation. Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45-55 and the period of transition typically spans 2-5 years. Hot flashes and other symptoms associated with this transition can last for many years more. Zhi Bai Di Huang Tang is an excellent formula for many cases as explained in this article.

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A Comfortable Menopause

May 20, 2021

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Women Exercising

As some women experience minimal or no perimenopausal discomfort, what causes the symptoms that can be so debilitating to others? According to TCM, the main causes for discomfort all the way from perimenopause through menopause and postmenopause include overwork, excessive sexual activity or too many childbirths, chronic illness, irregular diet, and excessive worrying or other emotional stress. According to traditional Chinese medicine there are three large categories of issues that can result in difficulty with the perimenopausal hormonal shift.

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Legend of the White Phoenix

May 6, 2021

Alisa Wrinkle, L.Ac.

Silkie Chicken

For practitioners of Chinese medicine, the black interior and paradoxical white feathered exterior represent and mirror the consolidation of Yin and Yang. Thus, the black-skinned silkie chicken is considered especially valuable medicinally and nutritionally. In Chinese dietary therapy all black foods are considered to be very helpful for treating Kidney disharmonies and the Blood, because black is the color associated with water and with the Kidneys in the five phases/wu xing.

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Optimizing Female Fertility with Prepared Chinese Medicines

May 4, 2021

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Traditional Chinese medicine gynecologists have known for thousands of years that regulating the menstrual cycle promotes fertility. Modern practitioners have begun to incorporate the knowledge we have of the biological stages of the menstrual cycle to focus on specific fertility issues and increase effectiveness.

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Thoughts, observations and the classical Chinese medicine view: The first trimester of pregnancy

May 2, 2021

Raven Lang, L.Ac., O.M.D.

Pregnant Woman Line Drawing - Hugh Lau

The classic writings I quote are taken from the Zhubing Yuanhuo Lun, the Mawangdui, and Sun Si Miao. They will offer you the ability to contemplate the first three of the ten lunar months of pregnancy, interpreted and practiced by the leading physicians of that time. In studying the ancients on their thoughts regarding pregnancy, we must realize that these teachings came from the astute observations and witnessing of nature in all its glory and violence. The lessons the ancients learned originated from watching the power and influence of the moon, sun and stars, the weather, seasons, elements, the sowing, cultivating, and harvesting of crops, the language of plants and animals, and bottom line, the interdependence of all these factors as they affect everything on earth.

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Herbal Legends: Dang Gui

May 2, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Herbal Legends Dang Gui

We all know herbs are amazingly effective, but have you ever wondered how their secrets were discovered? Did Shen Nong really taste them all and watch their effects in his see-through belly? How did they get their names? What are their backstories? Dr. Skye Sturgeon reads an excerpt from the book Chinese Herbal Legends where we learn the legend of Dang Gui.

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Dosage Considerations of Extract Powders and Granules

April 16, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., 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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Mayway Helpful How-To's

April 7, 2021

Mayway

How-TosWe've created helpful How-To videos to guide you through the custom features on our website. See how to quickly create a custom prescription, customize a prescription template, manage your addresses and more!

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