Tai Mai Wan

Tai Mai Wan strongly supports energy levels that have been compromised by chronic illness and especially those that involve heat. As the qi and yin have been damaged there may be thirst and fatigue and a general body weakness.

Like Sheng Mai San, the major indication for this formula is a chronic cough that has depleted the fluids. There might be shortness of breath and spontaneous sweating. There should be no phlegm to use this formula.

Tai Zi Shen (Pseudostellaria)  or “Prince Ginseng” is used here to raise basic energy levels and cool heat. It is said to be gentler than Ren Shen and I find that it better tolerated by most Westerners.

Mai Men Dong 麥門冬 ophiopogon tuber Ophiopogonis Radix generates fluids for a chronic cough and moistens the intestines for a “dry” constipation. If you are feeling irritable – not necessarily angry – then Mai Men Dong is very good.

Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae) is very sour and as such “brings in” or “tightens up” energy even as it creates fluids. It is said to stop chronic dry cough (without phlegm) and sweating that happens for no reason (spontaneous sweating). It also calms the spirit that seems to be flying around.

Sheng Mai San has three herbs that are quite expensive so the cost is higher than most of our other formulas, yet you may need only take on or two capsules a day.

An alternative to Sheng Mai San is something I (Douglas) make up called Tai Mai Wan which substitutes Tai Zi Shen (“Prince Ginseng) for Ren Shen. This makes the formula even more for heat signs as well as bring the cost down.

The tongue for both Sheng Mai San and Tai Mai Wan is usually very red although there might be patches of heavy coating as well.

Red Tongue (may be dry)

Red Tongue (may be dry)

Which one to choose? If you have more loss of energy then Sheng Mai San is best. If there is more heat, dryness and irritability then try Tai Mai Wan.

(This formula is NOT for you if you have dampness, a large hearty body and/or fatigue that gets better momentarily with exercise.)

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Sheng Mai San

Sheng Mai San is not for your run-of-the-mill tiredness. With only a few herbs it strongly supports energy levels that have been severely tapped. In TCM theory, this means the qi and yin have been compromised giving signs of thirst and fatigue that may go into a body weakness.

A major indication for this formula is a chronic cough that has depleted the fluids. There might be shortness of breath and spontaneous sweating. There should be no phlegm to use this formula.

Ren Shen 人蔘 ginseng root Radix Panax Ginseng made from real ginseng

  • Ginseng is used here to calm the spirit and raise basic energy levels. Sometimes tiredness itself can causes restlessness and anxiety.

Mai Men Dong 麥門冬 ophiopogon tuber Ophiopogonis Radix generates fluids for a chronic cough and moistens the intestines for a “dry” constipation. If you are feeling irritable – not necessarily angry – then Mai Men Dong is very good.

Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae) is very sour and as such “brings in” or “tightens up” energy even as it creates fluids. It is said to stop chronic dry cough (without phlegm) and sweating that happens for no reason (spontaneous sweating). It also calms the spirit that seems to be flying around.

Sheng Mai San has three herbs that are quite expensive so the cost is higher than most of our other formulas, yet you may need only take on or two capsules a day.

An alternative to Sheng Mai San is something I (Douglas) make up called Tai Mai Wan which substitutes Tai Zi Shen (“Prince Ginseng) for Ren Shen. This makes the formula even more for heat signs as well as bring the cost down significantly.

The tongue for both Sheng Mai San and Tai Mai Wan is usually very red although there might be patches of heavy coating as well.

Red Tongue (may be dry)

Red Tongue (may be dry)

Which one to choose? If you have more loss of energy then Sheng Mai San is best. If there is more heat, dryness and irritability then try Tai Mai Wan.

(This formula is NOT for you if you have dampness, a large hearty body and/or fatigue that gets better momentarily with exercise.)

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Bupleurum and Cinnamon Combination (chai hu gui zhi tang)

Details of Bupleurum and Cinnamon Combination
Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Alternative Names

  • chai hu gui zhi tang
  • chai hu kuei chih tang
  • chai-hu-gui-zhi-tang
  • Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction
  • Bupleurum and Cassia Twig Decoction
  • saiko-keishi-to
  • saiko keishi to
  • Saiko-keishi-tō
  • 柴胡桂枝湯
  • さいこけいしとう
  • TJ10; TJ-10; TJ 10

Benefits

  • relaxes tense muscles that cause a sense of dull stuffiness in the upper abdomen
  • promotes blood flow in the head, relaxes muscles in the upper neck and shoulder

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Slightly Hearty Body Type

The slightly hearty body type.The slightly hearty body type isn’t limited to only men. A woman can be as hearty as a man, and a man can be as delicate as a woman. [What's your body type?]

With the slightly hearty body type we find mostly signs of having a hearty constitution, but with some delicate attributes as well.

Slightly hearty individuals tend to suffer more intensely with short-term problems like the hearty type, but not quite as intensely since they also have a few delicate attributes. Problems of “too much” will be more common than those due to “not enough” which is more common among the delicate types.

An example of “too much” includes constipation. When you’ve got too much poop stuck in your large intestine, the delicate body type will barely notice, but the slightly hearty body type will feel more discomfort. Not surprisingly, Chinese and Kampo medicine favor the use of Da Huang (Rx. Rhei, rhubarb root) in many of the formulas for the slightly hearty body type.

Da Huang (Rx. Rhei, rhubarb root) is a purgative, it empties that large intestine, but when one isn’t constipated, it should be used cautiously. Da Huang also has other functions that still make sense for the slightly hearty body type, but these formulas should only be used for the types that are listed for each individual formula.

Formulas for acute problems (short-lived but intense) are best taken with a higher dosage. A high dosage depends on how much you weigh, but a typical high dosage would be something like 6 capsules or a teaspoon of the powder, 4 times daily.

For chronic problems (long-term, low-grade) that have been around for a while, don’t expect the herbs to work overnight. However, with a slow, low dosage, you can see improvement. A typical low dosage is 1-2 capsules or 1/2 teaspoon of the extract powder, 3 times daily.

For more on how long it may take for your herbs to work, please see the prognosis self-test.

Slightly Delicate Body Type

The slightly delicate body type.A man can be as delicate as a woman, and a woman can be as hearty as a man. [What's your body type?]

The slightly delicate body type has more delicate attributes than hearty, but a few hearty all the same.

Delicate attributes include being sensitive to weather changes, drafts, and having somewhat “thin skin” in both emotional and physical terms. However, the slightly delicate body type is less sensitive than the purely decliate person.

Slightly delicate can benefit from formulas for both long-term low-grade conditions as well as short-lived intense issues.

Formulas for acute problems (short-lived but intense) are best taken with a higher dosage. A high dosage depends on how much you weigh, but a typical high dosage would be something like 6 capsules or a teaspoon of the powder, 4 times daily.

For chronic problems (long-term, low-grade) that have been around for a while, don’t expect the herbs to work overnight. However, with a slow, low dosage, you can see improvement. A typical low dosage is 1-2 capsules or 1/2 teaspoon of the extract powder, 3 times daily.

For more on how long it may take for your herbs to work, please see the prognosis self-test.

Hearty Body Type

The hearty body type.The hearty body type isn’t limited to only men. A woman can be as hearty as a man, and a man can be as delicate as a woman. [What's your body type?]

The hearty body type is called the endomorph body type in biomedicine.

Hearty individuals tend to suffer more intensely with short-term problems. Or, problems of “too much” will be more common than those due to “not enough”.

An example of “too much” includes constipation. When you’ve got too much poop stuck in your large intestine, the delicate body type will barely notice, but the hearty body type will feel severe discomfort. Not surprisingly, Chinese and Kampo medicine favor the use of Da Huang (Rx. Rhei, rhubarb root) in many of the formulas for the hearty body type.

Da Huang (Rx. Rhei, rhubarb root) is a purgative, it empties that large intestine, but when one isn’t constipated, it should be used cautiously. Da Huang also has other functions that still make sense for the hearty body type, but these formulas should only be used for the types that are listed for each individual formula.

Formulas for acute problems (short-lived but intense) are best taken with a higher dosage. A high dosage depends on how much you weigh, but a typical high dosage would be something like 6 capsules or a teaspoon of the powder, 4 times daily.

For chronic problems (long-term, low-grade) that have been around for a while, don’t expect the herbs to work overnight. However, with a slow, low dosage, you can see improvement. A typical low dosage is 1-2 capsules or 1/2 teaspoon of the extract powder, 3 times daily.

For more on how long it may take for your herbs to work, please see the prognosis self-test.

Delicate Body Type

The delicate body type.A man can be as delicate as a woman, and a woman can be as hearty as a man. One’s body type is genetic and more reflects one’s parents than their gender. [What's your body type?]

The delicate body type is called the ectomorph in biomedicine.

Note the sensitivity that this delicate man has to the windy weather. He is “afraid of wind” as they say in Chinese medicine. This means that he is sensitive to drafts or temperature changes. Delicate individuals can be said to have “thin skin” meaning that they’re both emotionally and physically sensitive.

Delicate types can be larger, even obese, however, the muscles and fat of the delicate person will be very soft and flaccid, not firm or rigid as may be seen in those with the hearty body type.

Those with delicate body types tend to have long-lasting but low-grade illnesses. Perhaps you have come looking for a formula for a chronic condition. If so, be prepared to use the herbs for a period of weeks to months. Take a lower dosage (1-2 capsules, 3x daily, or 1/2 teaspoon of the powder, 3x daily) but keep it going for a while because that is what will be required. For more on how long it may take, please see the prognosis self-test.

Balanced Body Type

The balanced body type.The balanced body type or “constitution” includes a somewhat even number of delicate and hearty attributes. [What's your body type?]

This body type is described as the mesomorph in biomedicine.

Although a man is posing in this image, this body type arises equally in both genders.

The balanced body type people are shapely and muscular. They are often cast as the male or female lead in romantic movies. They’re balanced between thin and wide, heavy and light, hearty and delicate, etc.

Notice the full chest and muscles. These are decathletes and sprinters. A women with this physique might also be athletic or have a well-developed upper chest, either in the form of muscle, or breast development.

Formulas for acute problems (short-lived but intense) are best taken with a higher dosage. A high dosage depends on how much you weigh, but a typical high dosage would be something like 6 capsules or a teaspoon of the powder, 4 times daily.

For chronic problems (long-term, low-grade) that have been around for a while, don’t expect the herbs to work overnight. However, with a slow, low dosage, you can see improvement. A typical low dosage is 1-2 capsules or 1/2 teaspoon of the extract powder, 3 times daily.

For more on how long it may take for your herbs to work, please see the prognosis self-test.

Four Marvels Powder (Si Miao San)

Details of Four Marvels Powder

Job's Tears (Barley) or Yi Yi Ren strengthens fluid metabolism for swelling.

Yep, this is the formula mentioned in the article at the New York Times. See dosing suggestions below.

NOTE: this formula is not for all arthritis cases. Please see our nifty new Eagle Herbs Flowchart of Joint Health Formulas.

Alternative Names

  • Four Wonderful Powder
  • Four Marvels Pill
  • Four-Marvels Pill
  • Si Miao Wan
  • Si Miao San

This is an important Chinese herbal formula that regulates the blood circulation in the lower half of the body while also stimulating the fluid metabolism. Together, these actions effectively address temporary pain and swelling of the joints in the legs, muscle atrophy, and numbness in the legs.

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