by Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac.Note: Access to the Mayway Prescription System requires a Licensed Practitioner account and you must be logged in to our website for the links to the formulas to function.
Here at Mayway Herbs we are experiencing a tremendous increase in the use of our products by licensed practitioners. Many orders seem to be focused on common prescriptive themes based on information coming from China. Although these formulas are comprised mostly of well-known herbs, they are unique in that they do not exactly correspond to classical formulas. Consequently, we have created new templates for practitioners in our prescription service, which may be found here. Most importantly, we will safely drop ship these prescriptions directly to your patients for no additional fee.
Although we know there are numerous sources of information, these new templates are primarily derived from four sources. The details regarding these formulas are explained in the links to the source materials cited below and are focused on prevention and early onset of symptoms. More advanced conditions are unlikely to be treated by acupuncturists, but, of course, one can always make a custom prescription. In all cases, notice the source’s staging or TCM differential diagnosis that is appropriate to your patient’s presentation. Nearly all herbs in these formulas are available from Mayway Herbs with the exceptions of Xi Xin, Bing Lang, and Da Fu Pi, which are prohibited from importation by FDA, and Qing Pi, for which we have recommended Fo Shou, instead. (Other viable substitutions for certain herbs are discussed in Dr. John K. Chen’s seminar, described below.)
The first set of formulas are from a Distance Learning Webinar available on Mayway’s website entitled, “Coronavirus: CE Course Modern Research from Traditional Chinese Medicine”. This webinar is presented by Dr. Michael McCulloch, Research Director at the Pine Street Foundation in San Anselmo, CA. There are three formula templates from this webinar. (Please note that these are extract powder formulas.)
(note: The links to the templates require that you have a Practitioner account and that you are logged into your account on our website.)
The next group of formula templates are extracted from Guidance for Corona Virus Disease 2019, edited by the National Health Commission of the PRC. The English language version of this 138-page book can be downloaded here. These formulas, and those from Hubei Provincial Hospital and Wuhan Union Hospital are discussed in some detail in the presentation by Dr. John K Chen during a seminar entitled Coronavirus (Covid-19) Treatment with TCM in China. This seminar, sponsored by Pacific College of Health and Science, is available on YouTube.
These formula templates from the National Health Commission are designated by the prefix PRC before the formula name. These formulas, and those that follow, are based on whole herbs. If you prefer to use extract powders, please see this document on our website regarding how to convert whole herb formulas into extract powder formulas. Otherwise, Mayway is in the process of converting these formulas into whole herb-based templates, including possible substitutes for Ma Huang, which should be posted over the next few days. Keep in mind the dosage of extract powders will vary based on age, weight, severity of symptoms, and other factors.
The PRC formula templates are:
(note: The links to the templates require that you have a Practitioner account and that you are logged into your account to function.)
- PRC Qing Fei Pai Du Tang*
- PRC Cold Dampness Stagnating LU
- PRC Damp Heat Accumulation in LU
- PRC Damp Poison Stagnating LU
- PRC Cold Dampness Obstructing LU
- PRC LU Blocked by Epidemic Toxin
The formula templates from Hubei Provincial Hospital are designated by the prefix “Hubei”: (note: The links to the templates require that you have a Practitioner account and that you are logged into your account to function.)
- Hubei Tonify Wei Qi to Prevent Evil
- Hubei Ge Gen Tang
- Hubei Yin Qiao San + Qing Wen Bai Du San
- Hubei Damp Cold in the LU
The formula templates from Wuhan Union Hospital are designated by the prefix “Wuhan”: (note: The links to the templates require that you have a Practitioner account and that you are logged into your account to function.)
- Wuhan Prevention
- Wuhan Wind-Heat Invading the Exterior Syndrome
- Wuhan Damp Warmth in Early Phase
- Wuhan Damp Heat Obstructing the Lung Syndrome
Finally, the current challenges aside, we want to remind you that Mayway’s prescription service and our no fee drop ship to patients option may be helpful for maintaining a safe distance from your patients while assisting them with stress and sleep challenges which can be remotely diagnosed and treated with herbs. It’s more important than ever that we tonify any deficiencies, especially the wei qi. This could be a focus not only for your patients, but for your friends and your entire family. Please know that Mayway Herbs is here to help you determine the appropriate formula, and to be a resource in these challenging times.
We also wanted to note that although HIPAA regulations are temporarily relaxed during this crisis, practitioners will need to review the specific remote consultation and documentation guidelines as set forth by each state’s health department. Please see the HHS website for additional information.
Last updated April 1, 2020 Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, L.Ac. Quality Assurance Manager & Herbal Consultant at Mayway Herbs