Coptis and Magnolia Bark Drink (Lian Po Yin)

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Huang Lian (Rx. Coptis) is often used for a fullness or stuffiness right below the sternum.

This is one of those amazing Chinese herb recipes that have yet to be fully appreciated in the West. It is for damp-heat. Many people in developed nations are hot and damp. You can see it on their faces, or rather in their faces. People with red swollen faces generally have damp-heat in their body. This is one of many formulas for exactly that condition and of course all the symptoms that arise from that condition.

Alternative Names

  • Lian Po Yin
  • Coptis and Magnolia Bark Decoction
  • Coptis and Magnolia Bark Combination
  • 蓮朴飲

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Diffuse Pain Decoction (Juan Bi Tang)

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Migrating aches aggravated by damp weather?

Cinnamon twig is a great blood mover which treats pain.

The Diffuse Pain Decoction was originally conceived of addressing the painful influences of exposure to wind or damp weather. Back in the 1170s, that was a pretty good idea, well before we enjoyed so much control over our environment.

Even with central heating and air conditioning autoimmune disregulation or changes in barometric pressure can still give rise to these aches and pains.

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Los Angeles Zhong Yi, Al Stone

Eagle Herbs' Al Stone, winner of Los Angeles Magazine's Best Zhong Yi 2011 award.

What’s a zhong yi? In China, that means simply a doctor of Chinese internal medicine*. An acupuncturist is like the Western medicine surgeon, while the zhong yi is more like the pharmacist or the internal medicine doctor. The zhong yi and the acupuncturist speak the same language and some of our treatment principles overlap somewhat, but the tools we use are different. I use herbs exclusively. At we provide these herbs in convenient flavor crystals optionally placed in capsules.

That’s what I do. Chinese internal medicine*. You don’t have to be Chinese of course, it works for everybody equally well. :)

There are three ways to interact with me.

bullet point graphicUsing the free consultation form. The email response you will be sent (usually within 24 hours) provides links to specific formulas at this site that can help you regulate, support, encourage and moderate your body’s structures and functions. It’s quick, it’s free. It’s available 24/7. What’re you waiting for?

bullet point graphicThe telephone consultation. This is the best choice for those who want a customized formula where each and every ingredient is perfectly suited to your particular needs. The cost is $100 for the first month which includes enough flavor crystals to last you 3-4 weeks. You can have that encapsulated too for an additional $40.

bullet point graphicThe in-person consultation. This is for those who can get to the Station Pharmacy at 1820 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica CA., 90403. Consultations are by appointment only. Appointments are $150 for the tongue assessment, pulse taking, lots of questions, plus the first month’s worth of customized herb formula. Please contact us to initiate that process. I see patients during the following times:


Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm
(last appointment scheduled at 3 pm)

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Al Stone, L.Ac., DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine*)

*There are oodles of laws that prevent me from claiming to be a doctor or using medicine to help patients. These two terms (doctor and medicine) are used on this page only for the sake of clarity and should not be taken to mean that Al Stone is a physician using drugs to fix diseases. Only “doctors” using “medicine” can treat “disease”. Al Stone has a doctorate in Oriental medicine and uses herbs to balance, regulate, support and promote health.

Coffee Break Break (formerly 4 Miracle Brew ©)


Chuan Xiong root has a heady aroma that clears the head.

Coffee Break Break © is a calming brain-tonic that adds balance to excessive consumption of caffeine. Take a break from your usual coffee break without the side-effects of caffeine. This is the same product as the Four Miracle Brew. We have changed the name to avoid confusion with one of our other products.

One spoon of herbsOne teaspoon of Coffee Break Break hides some health in every cuppa coffee. Coffee Break Break’s rich aromatic flavor crystals taste like they’re brewing in your cup. Add to your favorite cup o’ caffeine and enjoy all of its energizing benefits without those nasty tics, tremors, shakes and sweats.

Two spoons of herbal material


Two teaspoons of Coffee Break Break makes a mid-strength cup of tea that calms your mind to help you focus. Add anything you’re accustomed to adding to your coffee and you’ll find Coffee Break Break a delicious way to bring some liquid balance into your life. Suggested dosage is to have one cup of Coffee Break Break for every two cups of conventional coffee.

Three spoonfuls of herbs.


Three teaspoons of Coffee Break Break for the dark rich satisfaction of full-strength coffee. This incredible herb formula not only calms the jitters associated with caffeine, but also provides some fuel for the mind and body. Caffeine is like a spark plug, but without the presence of fuel, that spark will do very little good. Coffee Break Break nourishes and promotes the creation of that fuel inside the body. Best part is that it actually tastes great!

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Persica and Carthamus Combination (Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang)

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Tao Ren (Peach Pit) supports blood movement.

Alternative Names

  • Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang
  • Drive Out Stasis in the Mansion of Blood Decoction
  • Hsieh Fu Chu Yu Tang
  • Blood-House Blood Stasis-Dispelling Decoction
  • XFZY decoction
  • Xuefu Zhuyu


  • supports the cardiovascular system

This highly respected formula is a modification of two other formulas: most of the ingredients from Four-Substance Decoction with Safflower and Peach Pit and Bupleurum and Chih-shih Formula can be found in this formula. Used all together, the goal is to support the cardiovascular health by stimulating the flow of qi and blood. Continue reading »

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Cyperus and Atractylodes Combination (Yue Ju Wan)

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Xiang fu (Cyperus root) regulates the qi to address frequent sighing or dull tummy aches.

Alternative Names

  • Yue Chu Wan
  • Yue Ju Wan
  • Stagnation-Relieving Pill
  • Xiong Zhu Wan
  • Cyperus and Atractylodes Pill
  • Ligusticum Chuanxiong and Atractylodes Pill
  • Escape Restraint Pill

This is the formula for the so-called “six stagnations”. Yue Ju Wan was created for “excess” types (even though they may feel tired a lot). Simply put, the systems of digestion, blood flow, fluids and qi / energy are clogged up. When things aren’t flowing well the body’s systems’ functions are compromised. I use this formula for a number of conditions including indigestion, fatigue, insomnia (hard to fall asleep) and heaviness of the body. Also it is very useful for mental conditions including anxiety, depression, frustrations and anger (if the pattern fits the above).

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Saussurea and Cardamon Combination (xiang sha liu jun zi tang)

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Dried aged tangerine peel is great for intestinal gurgling.

Dried aged tangerine peel is great for intestinal gurgling.

Alternative Names

  • xiang sha liu jun zi tang
  • hsiang sha liu chun tzu tang
  • Saussurea and Cardamon Combination
  • Six-Gentleman Formula with Aucklandia and Amomum
  • Aucklandia and Amomum Gentleman Decoction
  • Saussurea and Six-Major-Herb Decoction
  • Vladmimiria and Cardamon Combination


  • regulates intestinal noise
  • regulates digestive functions
  • supports intestinal health
  • supports mentle functions
  • supports

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Fantastically Effective Pill to Invigorate the Collaterals

Fantastically Effective Pill to Invigorate the Collaterals

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Scutellaria Decoction (Huang Qin Tang)

Scutellaria Decoction (Huang Qin Tang)

Huang qin is one of the few herbs that enter the so-called "pivot" of the body.

Detoxifying since 220 AD. Huang Qin Tang (Scutellaria Decoction) is a simple modification of the #1 formula in Shang Han Lun style Chinese herbalism. The Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Injury) is one of the key Chinese medicine “bibles” (or “classics” as the Chinese say). Huang Qin Tang is pronounced “wong chin tong“.

Alternative Names

  • Huang Qin Tang
  • Huang Chin Tang
  • Scute and Licorice Combination
  • 黃芩湯
  • Scutellaria Decoction
  • Huang-Qin-Tang (HQT)
  • PHY906, PHY 906

About this formula

Recently studied as a digestive aid called PHY906 (Huang Qin Tang) in those undergoing Western drug therapy.

Huang Qin Tang was traditionally used for gastrointestinal distress and detoxifying the intestines when resulting in burning crampy diarrhea with a strong odor. However it was not assumed that this diarrhea was due to an infection in the intestines, rather a toxicity issue in other locations of the body, specifically the “Shao Yang pivot.”

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Cicada Clear

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