Teaching Addiction and Chinese Medicine – A paper for colleagues

This is a paper I wrote that was published in the California Journal of Chinese Medicine published around 2015. Teaching Chemical Dependence in the CM School Teaching chemical dependence has become mandatory in Oriental medicine (OM) schools. Becausesubstance abuse is no longer simply an issue of “illegal drugs,” the class often takes a broad approach,…

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What is Qi, Ki, Chi?

First of all Qi, Ki and Chi are all the same word just variations of Chinese and Japanese and ways that the West has written it in (their/our) letters. In Chinese Mandarin its more or less pronounced like “Cheeeese” while taking a picture but without the “Z” at the end.  In Chinese, the word is…

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Cough Formulas

Coughs can be run from annoying to debilitating. And curing them is often elusive.  In Chinese medicine there is a saying that “Famous Doctors don’t treat coughs.” What they are saying is that even a “hot shot” doctor is often humbled by something that seems so simple.  Chinese medicine is big on when the cough…

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The E Jiao Problem

Hmm… we have a conundrum here: We use E Jiao (donkey hide) a fair amount and are looking into alternatives for each of the formulas that use it. As well, in general, we have more and more trouble importing any animal products. We are trying to use Sheng Di Huang instead and also exploring with…

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Tongues and Diagnosis

From time to time people will send me a picture of their tongue and ask “what formula should I take?” (I love this job.) Tongue diagnosis is not a standalone method for making a diagnosis and writing a formula. The tongue can tell a lot but its not the complete “picture” so to speak without…

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PLMD and RLS Writings

The below are various writings Al Stone from his earlier website. Note that Al used to sell products on BeyondWellBeing and we no longer sell from that website. “WHY DO MY LEGS FEEL RESTLESS AT NIGHT?” According to traditional Chinese medicine, It all comes down too much heat in your body. Heat can originate from…

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Some Theory – Distinguishing Yin and Yang

Distinguishing Yin and Yang Defining Yin and Yang Yin and yang theory is an explanation for the natural phenomena of the universe. According to this theory, the whole of the universe is made up of two forces in opposition, and yet each contains aspects of the other. These opposites can be called yin qi and…

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Wind: One of the 5 Pathogenic Factors in Chinese Medicine

From the book: Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine co-written by Douglas Eisenstark (PMPH press) Pathogenic Wind A pathogen that causes a disease that moves and disperses quickly is called a wind–pathogen. Wind is common in spring, but may occur throughout the year. Whenever wind becomes excessive enough to cause disease, it will become a pathogen. Wind…

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Info – Alternative Therapies for Functional Gastrointestinal Diseases

for those suffering from Sibo, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pains, etc… (From our friends in the government) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4434213/ Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Functional Gastrointestinal Diseases   Jiande D. Z. Chen, 1 , * Jieyun Yin, 1 Toku Takahashi, 2 and  Xiaohua Hou 3 Author information ► Article notes ► Copyright and License information ►   Functional gastrointestinal diseases (FGID) are common in the world and account for more than…

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Info – Acupuncture and Gastric Motility

For those with Stomach and Intestinal issues, I would suggest finding a licensed acupuncturist that you can see on a regular basis (eg: once a week for a few months). This is along article about studies done that shows its benefits: Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders and Acupuncture Jieyun Yin, MD and  Jiande D Z Chen, Ph.D. Author…

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No Sleep or Sleep Too Much

  You can buy the CD’s here….http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DouglasEisenstark   Somnolence or Hyper-somnolence is the flip-side of insomnia. It is the feeling of always wanting and being able to sleep. It is a bit tricky to talk about because many people often feel tired for a number of reasons and more often than not it is because we simply don’t get enough…

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Liver Information

The following is from a book I co-wrote: Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine for PMPH (People’s Medical Publishing House) in China. This is just one paragraph of many pages describing the Liver system as seen in Chinese Medicine. The liver is yin in form, but yang in function. The structure of the liver enables it to…

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Yin Deficiency

Here are some brief notes about Yin Deficiency from my (co-written) book: Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine (PMPH 2015) “Yin deficiency heat involves the appearance of more (predominant) heat even when there is no increase in the actual amount of heat in the body. The relative appearance of more heat is due to the insufficiency of…

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Qi Stagnation

The following is an excerpt from my (co-written) book: Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine (PMPH press) 2015 Qi stagnation (qi zhì,气滞) is state of obstructed or stagnated qi flow in a particular part of the body. Qi stagnation can be associated with excess internal phlegm or dampness, food accumulation, blood stasis, heat constraint, zang-fu organ impairment…

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Body Differences

This is a very cool text from our (USA) government’s website about the cultural differences of the body (somatic) perception of emotions. (The illustrations are inserted by Eagleherbs.com) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4253951/ Front Psychol. 2014; 5: 1379. Published online 2014 Dec 3. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01379 PMCID: PMC4253951 Cross-cultural differences in somatic awareness and interoceptive accuracy: a review of the…

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Photos from China

These are some shots I took dealing with herbs and medicine from three visits to China – 1995, 2003 and 2005. Note that some of these are 20 years old and are from raw herb pharmacies. Our own herbs at Eagleherbs.com are done at modern state of the art facilities. (Just in case you were…

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Why Take Herbs?

This is something I thought about today… why take herbs? Well, the way I see it is that herbs are what we humans have been consuming for thousands if not hundreds of thousands of years. Our bodies are made of the plants and animals that we have eaten since time memorial. It makes sense that…

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Douglas Eisenstark Resume

Douglas Eisenstark L.Ac. 310-403-7018 taiqi@taiqi.me santamonicaacupuncture.com Clinic Supervisor at Emperor’s College externship supervisor: Venice Family Clinic, LA Free Clinic Instructor: Emperor’s College and Yo-San University: Clinical Point Selection, Case Review, Advanced Formulas, Ear and Scalp Acupuncture, Acupuncture Techniques, Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine ————————————————————————————— publications: Co-writer: Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine PMPH Editor and Translation:The Clinical Practice…

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Functions of Formulas

Here are some general guidelines for you to make your decisions. Again- look at the site for our diagnostic tools. Note that many of these Formulas will overlap. For example, the emotions formulas will often help with sleep. Formulas for the Stomach and Digestion Achy Breaky Stomach Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San for nausea Cool…

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Fang, Pian, Tang, Wan

Why are so many herbs called Tangs or Wan or Pian? What is the difference? Chinese Formulas (groups of herbs) can be prepared and taken in a number of ways. The prescription itself is called a fāng (方 – pronounced fong). A tang is when the herbs are put in a pot and simmered for 10 minutes…

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Information

Visual problem with the ordering form   Safety Shipping Privacy Policy Tax Rates Terms and Conditions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Refills with Expensive Herbs Modifications and Additions How to improve the taste of the herbs About Herb Dosages Are Herbs for Real? – a provocative post from Al Breastfeeding and herbs Licorice (gan can) and…

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