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 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.