Restore the Left Kidney Pill Zuo Gui Wan

Details of Restore the Left (Kidney) Pill Alternative Names Zuo Gui Wan In ancient Chinese medicine texts, the body fluids are said to arise from the left Kidney. Hence, to “restore the left” means to hydrate the body or at least support the Kidney functions to that end. The Kidneys are the body’s “root of…

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Restore the Right Kidney Pill You Gui Wan with Rou Gui

Details of Restore the Right (Kidney) Pill Alternative Names You Gui Wan “Restore the Right Pill” is a reference to an ancient theory that the Yang-warmth of the body comes from the right Kidney (while the yin-fluids come from the left.) The Kidney yang-warmth in the body looks like metabolic heat in modern medicine. However,…

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Fu Zi (Rx. Aconite) and On-line Sales

“First, do no harm” is an idea that goes back to the days of Hippocrates, the father of medicine in Western civilization. If you order a formula that normally includes Fu Zi, you must contact us first to ensure that this herb is appropriate for you. If you do not contact us, the Fu Zi…

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Fang Ji (Aristolochia) vs. Fang Ji (Stephania)

There are two herbs with similar names in China. Guang Fang Ji (Rx. Aristolochia) Han Fang Ji (Rx. Stephania Tetrandra) Both of these herbs are roots and when these roots are diced up it can be difficult to visually differentiate between the two. Knowing which you have can be important too, aristolochic acid (found only…

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Dang Gui, Dong Quai, Tang-Kuei (Angelica sinensis)

Observed herb/drug interactions associated with Dang Gui, Dong Quai, Tang-Kuei (Angelica sinensis). [Source] Patient Abstract Herb and Use Drug Believed to Interact Other Drugs Being Taken Medical Observation Mechanism Legitimacy 46 year old woman with history of stroke, rheumatic heart disease and atrial fibrillation [44] Dong quai Angelica sinensis (Gynaecological conditions) Warfarin Digoxin, frusemide ↑…

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Kudzu for Liver and Stomach Health – Mechanisms of Action

When it comes to how something works, modern scientific biomedicine is very keen to understand medicinal mechanisms. While it is true that traditional Chinese medicine doesn’t make use of microscopes or molecular models to explain the effect of our therapies, we do have a very well developed theoretical framework to explain the actions of herbs.

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Research on Kudzu (Rx. Pueraria lobata, ge gen)

Up until very recently, Kudzu was considered in the USA to be an unfortunate agricultural problem of the south, where this ivy has taken over millions of acres with no natural predators and a perfect climate in which to thrive. However with recent research into its effect on the metabolism of alcohol in human test subjects, science may end up reclassifying this “weed” as our newest “wonder drug”.

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Bing Lang, Da Fu Pi (Areca catechu)

Observed herb/drug interactions associated with Bing Lang and Da Fu Pi (Areca catechu). [Source] Patient Abstract Herb and Use Drug Believed to Interact Other Drugs Being Taken Medical Observation Mechanism Legitimacy 51 year old man with schizophrenia [38] Betel nut Areca catechu (Stimulant) Fluphenazine Procyclidine Rigidity, bradykinesia, jaw tremor Not known Likely 45 year old…

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Dan Shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza)

Observed herb/drug interactions associated with Dan Shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza). [Source] Patient Abstract Herb and Use Drug Believed to Interact Other Drugs Being Taken Medical Observation Mechanism Legitimacy 66 year old man with atrial fibrillation, rheumatic mitral stenosis, cerebral embolism, and gastric adenocarcinoma [40] Danshen Salvia miltiorrhiza (Cardiovascular disease) Warfarin Digoxin, propranolol, topical oil containing 15%…

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Ren Shen Ginseng (Panax ginseng)

Observed herb/drug interactions associated with ren shen Ginseng. [Source] Patient Abstract Herb and Use Drug Believed to Interact Other Drugs Being Taken Medical Observation Mechanism Legitimacy 47 year old man with history of heart valve replacement [51] Ginseng Panax species (Fatigue) Warfarin Diltiazem nitroglycerin, salsalate INR decreased to 1.5 (previously stable 2–3) Herb has antiplatelet…

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Ma Huang Ephedra and Hypertension

In December of 2000, CRN, or the Council for Responsible Nutrition (a dietary supplement trade group) provided the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) a report demonstrating the safe upper limit dosage for ephedra, known as “ma huang” in Chinese medicine. This industry group sought to determine the safe dosages for ephedra since…

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Bupleurum and Chih-shih Formula (si ni san)

Details of Bupleurum and Chih-shih Formula Alternative Names Cold Limbs Powder Cold Extremities Powder Frigid Extremities Powder si ni san szu ni san Counterflow Cold Powder sigyaku san shigyakusan Shigyaku-san 四逆散 しぎゃくさん TJ35; TJ-35; TJ 35 sì nì sǎn wán 四逆散丸 This is the base formula for liver qi constraint/ stagnation. It forms the root…

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