Interior warming herbs do what?
warm the interior and dispel cold
What is the nature and channel of interior warming herbs?
Nature: pungent and warm
Channel: Spleen and kidney
What are the 2 types of interior cold syndrome?
1. excess cold that invades the middle jiao disrupting the T&T function of spleen and stomach.
2. deficiency cold caused by yang deficiency.
Pale face, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, epigastric and abdominal pain, patient prefers heat, no appetite, aching limbs, pulse is tense and tongue has white coat are symptoms of what?
excess cold that invades the middle jiao disrupting T&T in stomach and spleen.
Cold limbs, edema, fatigue, frequent urination, incontinence, impotence, infertility, pulse is faint and feebile and tongue is pale, swollen with teeth marks are symptoms of what?
deficiency cold caused by yang deficiency.
Interior warming herbs warm the yang by strengthening what?
What are the contraindictaions of interior warming herbs?
can injure the yin body fluids; use with caution in patients deficient of yin , blood, or body fluids.
What kind of herb is Fu Zi (Rx. Aconite)?
interior warming herb (always comes prepared never prepared by self, highly toxic)
What is the nature and function of Fu Zi (Rx. Aconite)?
Nature: pungent and hot
Functions: warms the spleen and kidney yang; warms the channels and dispels cold. (powerful pain reliever & tx for chronic diarrhea)
What is considered the strongest method of delivering herbs?
How do you prepare a decoction?
place herbs into pot, cover with water ( if boiling for 30 min or longer add more water about an inch above), after water boils vigorously turn to simmer, stir frequently, after simmer for allotted time strain and drink.
How many times can you re-use the herb package in a decoction?
1-2 times (just ad fresh water to pot and re-boil)
How are tonic formulas prepared?
cooked over a low to medium flame for whole time.
How are minerals and shells prepared?
cooked for 30-60 minutes before adding other herbs in formula.
Will soaking herbs a few hours before boiling them make them more effective?
What are cinnamon sticks good for?
warming body and re-ignites ming men fire.
Diaphoretics are cooked for how long?
Aromatic dampness resolving herbs are cooked for how long?
No longer than 10 min
When do you generally take the decoction?
one hour after a meal
If your prescription is to tonify or enrich the body when would you take the decoction?
on an empty stomach or 1 hour before a meal
Some believe that its very beneficial to take the decoction when?
before going to sleep
What is a tincture (JowJi)?
an extraction of herbal ingredients using a solvent
What are the solvents that can be used in tinctures?
water, oil, glycerin, vinegar or alcohol.
What type of solvent is used most often?
For most dry plant matter what is the best proof of alcohol to use?
80 proof (like vodka or rum)
How is the ratio of herb to solvent determined?
weight; and is 1 part herb to 5 parts alcohol (the herb still needs to be covered by solvent so add till it is)
Why do we cover the herb completely with the solvent?
to prevent spoilage
How do you prepare a tincture?
put herbs into a glass container, slowly cover herbs with solvent entirely, add an inch or 2 more solvent, seal jar tightly and store in dark place, shake jar daily, when ready pour thru cheesecloth into dark tincutre bottle, squeeze herbs till last drop store with label and lid.
Can light breakdown a tincture?
How does one take a powder (San)?
about 1 spoonful, add water and drink.
Powders are how many times more concentrated than raw herbs?
5 times (also more easily absorbed and stored; used for chronic issues)
Pills (Wan) are made how?
by combining herb powder with a binding agent like honey
What are pills used for?
chronic issues (they are mild and slow in action)
How do you make syrup?
dissolve 3lbs of brown sugar in a pint of boiling water and boil to thick. (there're 2 other ways too)
1 Qian is equal to?
1 Liang is equal to?
1 Jin is equal to?
Often chinese herbs are dry fried for?
storage; to increase spleen awakening and stomach strengthening of herb
What are the different methods of dry frying herbs?
salt, honey, vinegar, wine, ginger
What happens when dry frying with salt?
directs action of herb to kidney
What happens when dry frying with honey?
increases herbs tonifying and moistening effect
What happens when dry frying with vinegar?
enhances herbs astringing and blood activating properties
What happens when dry frying with wine?
helps herb alleviate pain, clear blockage from channels and collaterals, and dispel wind.
What happens when dry frying with ginger?
enhance herbs ability to warm stomach and stop vomiting
What are some problems with raw herbs?
inconsistent due to where grown, cooking times can vary, can irritate patient stomach, storing can bring bugs and take space
Antirheumatics treat what?
pain, numbness, swollen joints, heavy sensation of 4 limbs, and difficulty bending and stretching (Bi syndrome)
What causes Bi syndrome?
wind, cold, and damp that stagnate in the channels and causes arthralgia (joint pain).
If wind predominates it's called?
Wind Bi (there will be migratory arthralgia where the pain tends to move around)
can involve any of lg joints; may come with fever and chills in early stage; diaphortics are tx for wind bi.
If cold predominates it's called?
Cold Bi (the pain is severe and aching)
severe fixed pain made worse by cold and relieved by heat; joints are cold to touch; tx involves warming meridians and dispelling wind/cold/damp.
If damp predominates it's called?
Damp Bi (pain is heavy, fixed and swelling of joint)
numbness and fixed pain in joint with swelling and difficulty stretching; tx involves transforming damp and strengthening spleen
When wind, cold and damp stagnate in the channels over time and turns into heat it's called?
Heat Bi (redness, swelling and pain)
pain with burning sensation, redness and swelling of joints, impaired movement and pain is relieved by cold; tx clear heat, dispel wind, and resove damp
Antirheumatic herbs work on 3 levels of the body? (often Bi syndrome can affect more than one level)
1. superficial muscle layer
2. channel layer
3. tendon and bone layer
What is the nature of antirheumatic herbs and how are they taken?
nature: pungent and warm
taken as a tonic (alcohol inproves circulation of qi and blood)
What are the function and contraindications of antirheumatic herbs?
function: dispel wind, cold, damp from channels.
they can deplete yin and blood, so careful when deficient
What is the nature and function of Wei Ling Xian (Rx. Clematidis)?
Nature: pungent, salty and warm
function: unblocks the channels, relieves pain, and dispels wind/cold/damp; dissolves fish bones in throat
Wei Ling Xian (Rx. Clematidis)?
antirheumatic herb and powerful pain reliever