Category Archives: Delicate

Tai Mai Wan

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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

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Red Tongue (may be dry)

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)

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Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.
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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Delicate Body Type

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Delicate

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.