Herbs & Formulas

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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Autumn Equinox Soup

October 10, 2021

Yvonne Lau, President of Mayway

Harvest Fig Soup

As we move inward to prepare for the coming winter, it is important to nourish the Metal element by adding more Yin foods to protect us from the dryness of the season. Plus, we LOVE figs! Figs are one of the oldest cultivated crops throughout the world, and are often said to be a symbol of peace and abundance. Entering the Lung, Large Intestine and Stomach meridians, figs can promote the secretion of saliva to soothe a sore throat and dry cough, as well as being supportive to the functions of digestion and elimination. Pork, which is neutral, sweet and salty, also moistens dryness and benefits the Spleen, Stomach and Kidneys.

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Herbalist Corner - Yu Zhu & Bei Sha Shan

October 8, 2021

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Herbalist Corner Yu Zhu and Bei Sha Shen video

Mark Frost, Herbal Chair at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) joins highlights 2 important herbs that Nourish the Yin. Yu Zhu and Bei Sha Shen are compared including their TCM functions and how to select the best herbs for your patients.

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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, L.Ac., 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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Field to Market: An educational video for Chinese herb quality

September 10, 2021

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

Field to Market Video

Dr. Skye Sturgeon presents Field to Market: How Quality and Safety of Chinese Herbs are Ensured (originally recorded on November 13, 2019)

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Cordyceps Cs-4: A Sustainable Alternative

August 10, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., 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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Chicken & Chestnut Soup

August 9, 2021

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

chicken chestnut soup

We've created a delicious Chicken & Chestnut soup! Easily purchased in their dried form, chestnuts are considered in TCM to be “fruit for the kidneys" because they are particularly warming to the lower back, kidneys, and knees. Huang Qi, being sweet and entering the Lung and Spleen channels, complements the recipe’s Qi tonification properties. Da Zao tonifies the Spleen and Stomach and, along with Sheng Jiang, rounds out the flavor in this delicious soup. This soup is very easy to make, and especially delicious and nutritious for kids!

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Strengthening Children's Resistance to Illness

August 8, 2021

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Formulas for Kids

As the summer gives way to fall and the lingering challenges posed by the current pandemic remain, we as parents and practitioners are naturally focused on protecting our children's health and well-being. Whether our concerns focus on the usual seasonal illnesses, or more specifically on COVID-19, the foundations of strengthening our children are the same. Naturally, prevention is our first line of defense, and the public safety guidelines already in place bode well for significantly lessening children's sick days from the usual seasonal colds and flu.

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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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Two Essential Formulas for Challenging Times

August 3, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., 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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Protect them with Jade Windscreen

August 2, 2021

Mark Frost, MSTCM, L.Ac.

Yu Ping Feng San Jade WindscreenFor countless generations, Jade Windscreen (Yu Ping Feng San) has been utilized to address surface deficiency patterns that lead to aversion to wind and frequent invasions of common pathogenic influences. These complaints are the result of surface deficiency due to deficient or unregulated Wei Qi. The etiology of Wei Qi deficiency are manifold and determined by a comprehensive differential diagnosis. The most common causes of deficient Wei Qi include Lung, Spleen and Kidney deficiency patterns.

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Three Herb Formulas for Food Stagnation

July 28, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac., 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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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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