Category Archives: Herbs

Ginseng the Star Root

Ginseng 人參 ranks at the top of a group of longevity herbs that have anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing 神農本草經, The Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica, honors it as a superior herb with profound … Continue reading

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靈芝 Lingzhi (ganoderma lucidum), the Spiritual Herb

The Su Wen identifies mushrooms as ‘spiritual herbs’ 芝, 神草也.* 神農本草經 Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, The Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica, describes lingzhi this way: 赤芝,  味苦,平。主胸中結,益心氣,補中,增智慧,不忘。久食,輕身、不老、延年、神仙。 一名丹芝。 ‘Red mushroom: Bitter in taste, neutral in temperature, red … Continue reading

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The Quest for Immortality

Few things are as certain in life as death. The Elixir of Immortality, or Elixir of Life, is a substance that confers eternal life or eternal youth. All ancient cultures have some myths about it; the search for lasting youth, … Continue reading

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Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

The regime is quite simple and it works all the time: Acupuncture treatments on a regular basis. Acupuncture can lower BP immediately. I have seen a drop of 20 points by needling one single point. Does the BP stay at … Continue reading

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Heaven Above, Earth Below

How is the story of Pangu 盤古 separating the yang from the yin to create heaven and earth important? Humans, unlike most animals,  are blessed with a vertically oriented spine, rooted in earth, but reaching up to heaven. In establishing order, … Continue reading

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The lotus is a natural symbol of transformation

The lotus flower is a natural symbol of the transformative power of the human spirit. Rooted in a muddy pond, it is able to rise above it to blossom in glory, untainted by the turbid waters, in fact drawing nourishment from … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Green Tea

Mr. Zane, the proprietor of Tai Chi Green Tea, came to visit at my Lakeview office. While I sipped his delicious green tea and ate the baby leaves (Yes! More about that later) he regaled me with the lore of … Continue reading

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Superior Medicine

Superior Medicine: Prescriptions for Immortality

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How to Treat Plum Pit Qi

Plum Pit Qi (mei he qi) was first described 1,700 years ago in Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jin gui yao lue) by Zhang Zhong-Jing: 婦人咽中如有炙臠. 半夏厚朴湯主之. ‘A woman feels as if a piece of roasted meat is stuck in her … Continue reading

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Running Piglet Qi & Inguinal Mass

Third century physician and medical theorist Zhang Zhong-Jing gave a description of Running Piglet (Ben Tun) in Essentials from the Golden Cabinet, one of the most important classical treatises on the etiology and treatment of internal diseases. “Running Piglet disorder … Continue reading

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