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Anxiety: The Unsettled Shen
From 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. Accordin...
Insomnia & Anxiety Formulas
Explore 10 formulas that calm the Shen and support healthy sleep and mental function. This list was compiled to help you as a practitioner quickly and easily compare formulas, their functions, i...
Bai Zi Yang Xin to treat Heart, Liver, Kidney Blood and Yin deficiency causing Shen disturbance
In comparison with the more well-known An Shen Bu Xin Wan to calm the Shen, this formula was designed to primarily treat the underlying cause of the Shen disturbance, in this case Heart, Liver and Ki...
Advanced Herbal Prescription Writing Courses (Distance Learning)
This is an 8-course series teaching the art of custom herbal writing. The first course will begin with an introduction to the course material and will highlight the primary skills required for advance...
History of the Mayway Building
Our building was designed by architects Jesse M. Shelton and E. T. Foulkes, constructed between 1939 and 1940 for the Coca-Cola Company, and was considered a modern architectural model for the time. I...
Strengthening Children's Resistance to Illness
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 ...
Men's Health: The Chinese Medicine Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Whilst not explicitly discussed in the classical Chinese medical literature, the prostate is considered part of the Kidney organ system in contemporary texts. Although the influence of the Kidneys is ...
Men's Health: Male Factor Infertility
The incidence of male factor infertility is believed to be increasing in the Western world. In Chinese, the word for sperm and essence is the same (jīng 精 ), that is, they have the same origin and are...
Recovery Formulas for “Lingering Evil Qi”
Skye Sturgeon, L.Ac. explores strategies that are designed for the restoration of healthy functioning from Fú xié after a patient has tested seronegative for SARS Cov-2. These patients no longer s...
Wind-Damp Bi Pain Formulas Comparison
Explore 10 formulas for Wind-Damp Bi Pain to help practitioners quickly and easily compare formulas, their functions, indications, and ingredients.
Releasing Trauma: Late versus Early-Onset in the Treatment of PTSD
The archetypal image of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is that of a war-torn veteran, but in an era of rampant accumulating stressors, horrifying news stories, and tragic imagery from around th...
2020: Year of the Metal Rat
Welcome to the Year of the Rat! Not only is 2020 the start of a new decade, but in Chinese astrology, the Rat is the start of a new twelve year cycle. There are twelve animals in the Chinese Zod...
Introduction to Shonishin, Pediatric Acupuncture
Shonishin is a pediatric method developed in Japan, which was based upon TCM theories from 2,000 years ago. It first came into practice in the 17th century, but in the last 80 years it has become the ...
Changes in Herbal Medicines from Ancient Times to the Present
The classical literature of Chinese medicine remains highly relevant in the modern era, as many of the basic theories and herbal combinations emphasized in clinical practice were first established in ...
Understanding How Qi Gong Promotes Health
Breathe 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 ...
Mayway, the FDA, Product Claims and Social Media
Due to FDA regulations, Mayway is sometimes required to not allow particular social media posts to appear on certain social media, like Facebook, or to not acknowledge or respond to some posts on oth...
The Ancient Art of Cupping
Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxin build up and muscle spasm from the body’s deeper tissue to the surface of the skin. The cells of the body use oxygen and give off carbon dioxide; ...
The Dance of Water & Fire: Study of the Triple Heater
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 be...
Extract Powders and Granules - Questions and Answers
There seems to be growing fondness for the use of extract powders or granules to prescribe Chinese herbs by practitioners. They are convenient to use, patient compliance is better, and they lend thems...
Coronavirus Business Update
As we enter our third week of shelter-in-place, we have now resumed normal shipping turnaround times. Shipments to business addresses that are in shelter-in-place locations may not be delivered by del...
An Integrated Approach to Caring for Patients with Hyperemesis
I would like to share a story about a patient of mine with hyperemesis. I share this story to point out that there are times when a practitioner must realize the limits to what can be done with TCM tr...
Glorious Chinese Medicinals- Changes, Differences, and Challenges in the Last Twenty Years
We are not left here on earth without recourse for our physical bodies. This was a recent revelation to me [in thought] after having been in the health care and education business for 40 years an...
Master Tung’s Magic Points and 11.17 Mu (The Wood Anger Points)
In more than twenty-five years of clinical practice, I have never found any point to be more useful than Master Tung’s points called “Mu” or wood points. My teacher, Dr. Miriam Lee (1926-2009), fondly...
Pork or Chicken Ginger Scallion Recipe
Prepare your body for spring with this delicious herb meal! Pungent and sweet flavors nourish the body, invigorate the Liver, and increase the flow of Qi and Blood needed to fuel Spring's expan...
Dragon Boats, Dumplings and a Patriotic Poet
Zongzi are a traditional food during the Dragon Boat Festival. The story behind these dumplings started over a thousand years ago during the Warring States period, when there were seven kingdoms in Ch...
The Miracle of Master Tung’s Magic Points: ‘Correct Tendons’ Amazing for Neck Pain
There are countless fabulous points left to us by Master Tung Ching Chang, but I rate 77.01 & 77.02, Correct Tendons, in the top five. Though they may take a little practice to perfect, these poin...
Spring Recipe: Tonifying Stir-fry with Astragalus Rice
Prepare your body for spring with this delicious herb meal! Pungent and sweet flavors nourish the body, invigorate the Liver, and increase the flow of Qi and Blood needed to fuel Spring’s expansive an...
Determining the Appropriateness of a Formula
Many practitioners have contacted the Mayway consultants over the years with questions regarding how to determine whether a given formula is appropriate for their patient. Though there is not alw...
Qi Ye Lian and Oxalic Acid
In November, 2011, we received communication from a veterinarian about a dog that was receiving one of Mayway’s herbal formulas. The circumstances resulted in an adverse event report. At Mayway, we lo...
Herb Supply Update July 2021
A quick update on import challenges, future herb stock concerns, and a list of popular items that are back in stock!
Lau Family Recipe: Bai Mu Er Tang
This Chinese sweet herbal soup with eggs is a New Year tradition at the home of Mayway's founders, where it's most often served on Renri, the 7th day of the New Year.
AHP's Response to Recent Criticism of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nature
Two recent articles in Nature presented critical views of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that are worthy of commentary. The articles focused on 4 primary presumptions: Safety of TCM; Need for TC...
What We Can Learn from East Asian Clinics: Specialization
In China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea traditional medicine is 99.9% herbs. In fact, you could walk around a random Chinese city all day and not find a single acupuncture clinic, but pass plenty of herba...
Chinese Herb Farming in the Pacific Northwest
Just outside of Olympia, WA Colleen Hayes is growing some crops that may seem unusual to some. She started growing Chinese and other Asian medicinal herbs 5 years ago after wondering where the herbs ...
Using Master Tung’s Gallbladder Points for Diseases of the Head and Neck
In Master Tung’s body of work, many points are loosely classified as Gallbladder channel points. In this article, I will compare Tung’s Gallbladder points, all located between the Leg Shao Yang (Gallb...
Chilled Mung Bean & Coconut Milk Dessert Soup
This chilled dessert soup is a family favorite made by Mrs. Meilin Lau, the mother of Mayway's four sibling owners. Mrs. Lau is Chinese, but grew up in Vietnam where her mother often prepared s...
Mayway Opens Its Doors to Students
This September, Mayway hosted its first ever student field trip. ACTCM professor Mark Frost brought over his Patent Medicines Class students to get a first-hand, behind-the- scenes look at the bu...
Chuan Bei Mu, Pears & Honey
This traditional steamed pear recipe is often prepared in the autumn, the season of dryness, to prevent or treat an occasional dry cough or dry throat. Chuan Bei Mu/Fritillaria cirrhosa bulb is a very...
Fainting and Funny Turns: Part 2
This article is an excerpt from the Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine: The Treatment of Disease with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Volume 3 by Will Maclean and Jane Lyttleton. It is being present...
Letter From a Customer Regarding Gluten
The appearance of our Shu di huang has nothing to do with the gluten aspect of the herb, the round appearance has everything to do with the way the Sheng di huang (Rehmania glutinosa root – raw) is sl...
Administering Herbs to Children
One series of questions that the Mayway Herbal Consultants consistently receive relates to administering Chinese herbs to children. Many practitioners in the field know that Chinese medicine can be he...
Tian Ma Teapills - A Good Perimenopausal Formula?
In the modern clinic, Tian Ma Wan is often used for perimenopausal women with a mixed pattern of Liver and Kidney deficiency (Yin, Blood, possibly slight Yang Xu) and some combination of wind-damp Bi ...
Novel Formulas for Releasing the Exterior
We have added 17 new prescription templates for our practitioners to use for creating customized formulas for their patients. Several formulas were created by Michael McCulloch of the Pine Street Foun...
Cold Weather Kidney Tonics
Winter is upon us and the cold winds have begun to blow once again. This is an ideal time to strengthen and tonify the Kidneys in order to ensure the Yang Qi is warming the interior, channels and ...
Acupuncture Treatment Strategies to Support the Shen
As practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, we understand the importance of balancing emotional and psychological health. Shen disharmony not only affects our emotional experience, but can a...
Three Herb Formulas for Food Stagnation
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 ...
Holiday Gifts for Health
Everyone is busy towards the end of the year, so why not make life easier and get some holiday shopping done while placing your order at Mayway? We have all sorts of gift-worthy items you may not know...
Mayway's Herb Processing Facility - Hebei
In 1996, we opened the doors of our own herb processing facility in China, affectionately known as Mayway Hebei. Our campus is over 6.6 acres with separate manufacturing, quality control, and administ...
Needling Master Tung’s Double Child, Double Fairy
Susan presents her needling notes for these important paired points, along with tips on when to use them and combinations to use with different presentations, in this excerpt from her upcoming Master...
Chinese Medicinal Herb Beer
Recently, one of our staff who is a homebrewer, and another who is our chief herbalist collaborated on a brewing experiment using Chinese herbs. After much discussion and some decoction sampling, we...
TCM Treats for Friends and Family
We are all busy towards the end of the year, so why not make life easier and get some holiday shopping done while placing your order with us at Mayway? We have all sorts of gift-worthy items you may...
Summer Recipe: Gou Qi Zi & Fresh Cherry Ice Cream
Cool off from the inside out with this delicious and healthy twist on an old summer favorite! Making ice cream in a high-power blender is an easy way to incorporate more luscious seasonal fruits to en...
The Chinese Medicine Treatment of Anxiety
Anxiety is a normal human emotion. Most people will experience it from time to time as a normal response to the stresses and worries of life. Anxiety becomes a pathological disorder (jiāo lǜ zhèng...
Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup
Chinese herbal chicken soup is one of the best ways to strengthen the Qi and Blood to prepare for Autumn and Winter. Although the Chinese and Western views about when to eat chicken soup differ, both ...
Bi Yan Pian Update
We know that our being out of stock can be frustrating and inconveniences you and your patients. We are very sorry for the lengthy stock-out of Bi Yan Pian. Please know that we have been doing everyth...
AWB Update: Healing Community Trauma: Empowering Acupuncturists to Transform Their Communities
"Acupuncturists Without Borders' (AWB) vision is to help build stable, peaceful, global communities. Knowing that unresolved trauma can have repercussions for decades, we train acupuncturist...
Pediatric Shonishin Case Study: A Full Childhood
I shall call the child Levi. He first came to me at 21 months of age and stopped coming when he was getting ready to finish high school and already on his way to college. Levi’s mother called me on th...
The Change of Seasons - Preparing for Autumn
Autumn is the season of metal, which governs organization, storage, setting limits and protecting boundaries, and pertains to the Lung and Large Intestine organs. The Lung governs the Qi of the body, ...
Treatment of Obesity with Chinese Medicine
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 quantit...
Sustainability Issues of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine: Restricted Herb and Resource List
This is a list of restricted and/or prohibited Chinese herbs that cannot be exported from China or imported into the US. Some of these restrictions are only now being implemented and have not yet been...
Best Before Dates & Chinese Herbs
We have tested and retested many of our herbs and extract powders over the years, and have found that even after 5 years or more, that the product is essentially unchanged in terms of many testing par...
The Effects of the Use of Sulfites and Sulfur Fumigation
There are well documented effects and adverse effects regarding the creation and use of sulfur dioxide and sulfites on the environment, on the food we eat, and in the production of wine. In this artic...
Differential Diagnosis of Acne in Chinese Medicine
Taking into account the symptoms and characteristics of how the acne presents is vital to diagnosis. If pimples are primarily red, swollen, hot, painful, then it indicates true heat. If redness, swe...
Coronavirus & Safety of Chinese Herbs
Because our products are sourced and manufactured in China, we want to address any concerns our customers and your patients may have about the safety of our products, particularly regarding ...
Coronavirus Effects on Our Herb Supply
Many of you have inquired as to if/how the coronavirus situation in China will affect our supply of herbs. We have been in regular contact with our suppliers and manufacturers since news of the outbre...
Lung Clearing & Detoxifying Soup for Troubling Times
A complex understanding of how the physical environment influences the human body is central to Chinese medical thought and is a hallmark of its’ sophisticated view of health and disease. From the e...
COVID-19 Webinar 2 CE Course Details (Recorded April 15, 2020)
In the second webinar broadcast in our COVID-19 series, Michael McCulloch, L.Ac., MPH, PhD, Epidemiologist shared new research regarding traditional Chinese medicine herbal prescribing with modern res...
Recipes for Lung Wellness
Two recipes that both support the lungs, but with different herbal functions. The first is Pear Bai Mu Er Soup - a delicately sweet herb soup known to lubricate dryness and eliminate mucus. The second...
Cooling Summer Herbal Teas
Five Flowers Tea, or Wu hua cha 五花茶 is a traditional Chinese folk tea, enjoyed especially during the summer months by Cantonese people in the hot and humid south. Sweet and slightly cold, its’ mai...
The Cost of Making Hay While the Sun Shines
During these times of isolation and physical separation, we like to make the best of it and take advantage when an opportunity presents. Sometimes, "Making Hay While the Sun Shines" comes ...
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 d...
'Tis the Season for 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,...
2021 - Year of the Metal Ox
The Lunar New Year in 2021 brings us the Year of the Metal Ox. After 2020, I’m sure we’re all glad to say goodbye to the pesky Rat! Let’s analyze what the Ox has in store. According to Chinese p...
Dosage Considerations of Extract Powders and Granules
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...
Cordyceps Cs-4: A Sustainable Alternative
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 P...
Autumn Equinox 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...
Sustainability of Chinese Herbal Medicine
Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions unde...
Moxa Strengthens the Kidneys and Mingmen Fire
Moxa is an excellent way to deeply warm the body, more important now, as we head into fall and winter. In fact, between the change of seasons, there is a two to four week period referred to as “Moxa S...
Congee Recipe for Cock's Crow Diarrhea
Yang deficiency and weak Ming Men fire can eventually lead to chronic diarrhea, especially in the elderly. Congee is an easy to prepare dish that can include herbs to tonify and balance the body.
Chuan Xiong Herb & Egg Soup
Boiling eggs together with herbs for a sweet soup is a common practice in Chinese food therapy. There are many variations depending on the herbs chosen.
Herbal Foot Soak
According to Chinese Medicine, winter is a great time to tonify the Kidney, so why not do it with a warm, soothing foot bath? It's not just a nice way to relax - by tonifying we also strengthen o...
5 TCM podcasts you need to hear now
Listen to Lonny Jarret speak about communication in your bathtub or get practice management tips from Lorne Brown on your commute. Podcasts offer bite-sized interviews and explorations that can be enj...
Our Quest for Organic Chinese Medicinal Herbs
Obviously, the idea of having organic Chinese herbs is very appealing, and over the years many customers have asked us why we didn’t carry them. What most of our newer customers don’t know is that we ...
Finding the Right Ginseng
Ginseng is arguably one of the most well-known Chinese medicinal herbs, yet the word is casually used to refer to many different herbs, some with slight variations and others with completely different...
AWB Update: Responding to Hurricanes, Shootings and Wildfires
Acupuncturists Without Borders has never been called upon to respond to so many disasters as we have this fall. Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, th...
Holiday Gifts at Mayway
Too busy for shopping this year? Order for your practice AND your loved ones at Mayway! We've put a few gift ideas together to help simplify your shopping. Soaps, calendars, T shirts, teas and mo...
Let’s Make Chinese Herbal Tonic Wines
The first known mention of herbal tonic wine is from the Wu Shi Er Bing Fang (Prescriptions for 52 Ailments), which was unearthed at Ma Wang Dui tomb, an archaeological site located in Changsha, Chin...
The Year of the Earth Dog and its Clinical Implications
In February, we celebrate Chinese New Year and begin the Year of the Yang Earth Dog. What does this mean for you and your patients? In this article we explore the energetics of the year, how they infl...
Stock outs: The long and the short of why it happens
Sometimes we’re out of stock due to things we can’t control like the weather, pollution, or politics, but mostly we’re out of something because we refuse to compromise on quality, safety or ethics. Wh...
Fires and Metal: Fall Lung Formulas
Autumn 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 seaso...
The Chinese Medicine Treatment of Cough
Coughing, in the language of TCM, is simply a failure of the natural descent of Lung qi, or a rebellion of Lung qi upwards. There are two general mechanisms: Lung qi which is too weak to descend, and ...
A Brief History of Chinese Patent Medicine
What are now commonly referred to as “patent” medicines are prepared or manufactured Chinese herbal medicines, such as teapills and tablets, which have been made according to standard herbal formulas ...
Earth Day: Big and little ways Mayway contributes to a better environment
Our products travel almost half way around the Earth to get to you, and we are always conscious of this fact. We are mindful of not wasting, being efficient, and using as little packaging and packing ...
Trip to Bozhou, Part 1: Chinese Medicine City
Bozhou is home to arguably the largest Chinese herb market in the world. Estimated to have over 1 million mu (almost 165,000 acres) of herb cultivation, with 1 million people engaged in the planting, ...
Trip to Bozhou, Part 2: The People
My favorite part of travelling in China (and most anywhere) is meeting new people and learning about their lives. On this visit I met quite a few “herb people" of varying backgrounds, and witness...
Lucky Start for Chinese New Year
Don't cut your hair, do clean your house, and by all means, have an extra dumpling. With the Chinese New Year coming up, let's take a look at some of the Chinese traditions you can follow ...
Growing Herb Demand and Quality Concerns
Fakes, reconditioned and counterfeit herbs. Take a look into the shadier side of herb sourcing and learn what you can do to avoid it. Chinese herbs are commodities, and traded in the billions of doll...
Consultant’s Corner: Determining the Right Dosage for Your Patient
Although Chinese medicine is an herb-based tradition and is regulated in the United States as “food supplements”, as practitioners we know that it is nonetheless still medicine. In China most prepared...
Chinese Medicine Day!
In the United States we may know March 17th as a celebration of Irish heritage, but it's also a significant day in Chinese cultural history. It was the day when traditional Chinese medicine was...
Chinese Herb-Dyed Easter Eggs
Many Chinese herbs come from plants traditionally used for their brilliant dyes. We wondered if they could be used to color Easter eggs because that's the kind of herb nerds we are at Mayway. S...
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