Herbal Combinations 10/30

Herbal Combinations 10/9

Difference between herbs & acupuncture
Herbs: Yin, interior, nourishing, deeper influence, full digestion, adds to system, supports Yin as well as Qi
Acupuncture: Yang, on exterior, one point, 15-20 minutes, does not add Qi - only moves what's present
in China only 1 in 10 book on medicine talk about acupuncture - herbs is far more prevalent
Acu can revive the energy circulation instantaneously though it's possible to exhaust the patient, herbs may take some time but exhaustion does not happen

Human beings come from interaction of heaven energy and earth energy
Chapt. of basic questions discusses this
"Ren sheng yu di" - Human lives on Earth
"Xuan Ming Yu Tian"-This life can by no means divorce from the heaven
"Tian Di He Qi" - Integration of the Qi of Heaven & Earth
"Ming Zhi Yu Ren" - This is called the human being
["we share the same software"]

Acupuncture does not have this qi from heaven & earth, whereas herbs do & thus not deplete the Qi so quickly

Mutually Controlling of Flavor to QI
Bitter-HT -Fire - if fire is flaring upwar bitter can move it dowward and control it & if too much downward movement fire is necessary
Salt-KI-Cold - consolidates if KI is too soft, if cold is excessive an lumps exist than salty will break up the stasis

Key to LR Qi moving is you have to use are sprouts (Mai yao) to initiate the movement of the Qi
Flavor has 2 meanings: subjective (tastes sour) or objective (nourishes yin to subdue LR fire)

Acrid - YANG closest to warm, hot nature (ex. bo he) their cool nature is not as strong as it's acrid nature, strongest yang action. need to be careful using acrid, warm herbs as it can easily dry out and rise energy
Bitter - YIN does nothing but move the Qi downward, making dampness loosened and easier to disperse, strongest for pulling downward
Sour - Inward and down
Salty - downward, milder than bitter

seahorse is an herb that is warm that can be taken everyday
Ze Xie is the strongest to induce urination because it is bitter & cold

Acrid -
-Qi: disperses, Qi upward & outward
-Nature: warm, warm-acrid herbs may cause profuse sweating
-Qi: Downward, Dry dampness
-Nature: Yin w/ Yang function - dries dampness from the inside more subtley w/out overbearing heat
-Qi: harmonizes the Qi

How does sweet harmonize among the 5 elements??
Transforming dampness 'wakes up the SP' to move its Qi into it's normal function

Herbal combinations 9/18

combinations are used to maximize he effect and minimize the side effects

Line 12 of Shan Han Lun:
footnote describes what abnormal sweating is

strategy when there is a new condition and an old one: treat the acute new condition without exacerbating the old condition

in clinic you should always differentiate between pathological factors being either substantial (damp) or non-substantial (heat, wind)

with antidepressant use - allow an hour beak between taking those and the herbs, but dispersing herbs with use doesn't seem a problem

Chapt. 40: "Returning is the motion of the tao" - you cannot just treat one side an flip from one side to the other, yin and yang must be balanced to bring about harmony, cannot just use only cold or cool herbs but also must warm some to avoid further Qi stagnation

The herbal combination helps you to determine which part of the herbs functions should come out

rate herbs by their hot/cold polarity in order of hottest to least hot etc. for each category to assess how they work clinically

Gui Zhi-
to release & promote sweating use ma huang
to warm the int. use large quatities of Bai Shao Yao

Shu Di Huang-
combined w/ Zi Xie to counteract its warm nature in cases of Yin deficiecy