Prevention

Understanding How Qi Gong Promotes Health

March 21, 2022

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Qi GongBreathe your way to harmony, balance, health, and well-being. Practicing Qi Gong yourself and teaching it to your patients is one of the most beneficial aspects of Chinese medicine. It can be engaged anywhere and by anyone, including those who are bed-ridden or in a wheelchair. In Qi Gong breathing, the action is focused on the exhale by intentionally contracting the diaphragm and abdominal wall muscles, squeezing out the carbon dioxide until the lungs are empty.

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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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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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Golden Cabinet Lamb Recipe

January 4, 2022

Yvonne Lau, President of Mayway

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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Cordyceps Cs-4: A Sustainable Alternative

January 3, 2022

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, 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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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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Reishi Hot Cocoa

November 20, 2021

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

It’s the time of year to get cozy with a steaming mug of hot chocolate, and what better way to add a little warmth than with herbs? Drinking chocolate is a New World tradition that goes back to the time of the Olmecs. Cups of chocolate show up in Mayan glyphs and Aztec leader Montezuma is rumored to have drank 50 cups of chocolate a day.

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Late Autumn Lung Tea Recipe

November 6, 2021

Mayway

Cozy teas made with Pang Da Hai seeds and raw honey are a simple way to support your lungs and respiratory system. Pang Da Hai seeds open the Lungs and simultaneously clear phlegm and protect Lung fluids.

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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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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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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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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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Shonishin for Immune Building

August 6, 2021

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

Shonishin Treatment Example

In this video, Raven demonstrates Shonishin for strengthening the lungs. Shonishin is a pediatric method of acupressure, massage, and needling that was developed in Japan and is based upon TCM theories that are 2000 years old. It first came into practice in the 17th century, but in the last 75 years has become the main treatment for children throughout Japan.

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