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  • Get Ready for Cold & Flu Season with Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Get Ready for Cold & Flu Season with Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Support Your Immune System Naturally with Chinese Herbal Formulas It’s cold and flu season again, and we here at Best Chinese Medicines would like to offer assistance in boosting your immune system to fight off whatever might be floating around in your environment. This post is intended to be a shorter, general discussion of a…

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  • Calm Shen – Treating Insomnia with Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Calm Shen – Treating Insomnia with Chinese Herbal Medicine

    CALM SHEN (category): In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shen refers to the spirit or the mind and has a multiplicity of connotations, to include: consciousness, vitality, awareness, mental function, and presence. The Shen (considered to be a physical substance—the most rarified form of Qi) resides in the Heart and blood vessels and is nourished directly by…

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  • Three Formulas to Help You Through the Holiday Season and Beyond

    Three Formulas to Help You Through the Holiday Season and Beyond

    Welcome back to the members of our growing community of people interested in improving their overall health and sense of balance in their lives through the use of Chinese herbal formulas. Today’s article will take an in-depth look at three formulas that could prove to be quite handy to have around during the Holiday season:…

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  • Spleen and Spleen (Chi)Qi in Chinese Medicine

    Spleen and Spleen (Chi)Qi in Chinese Medicine

    What do we mean by the Spleen: According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, the energetic organ system responsible for what we in modern times call “digestion” is the Spleen. This is not to be confused with the Western medical definition of the spleen as the organ that, among other things, makes antibodies, removes old red…

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  • Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (and Related Formulas) in Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (and Related Formulas) in Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Flavor Teapills or Six Flavor Rehmannia) is a traditional Chinese formula originally created as a gentle and gradual way of building up the strength and vitality of infants and children with what we might now call (generally speaking) developmental delay issues (e.g. failure to thrive, fontanels not closing, and…

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  • Treating Viral Infections with Chinese Herbal Medicines – The Complete Guide

    Treating Viral Infections with Chinese Herbal Medicines – The Complete Guide

    Treating the Common Cold, Influenza, and other acute viral infections By John Staversky, certified clinical herbalist Introduction — A Bit of History Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory developed slowly over thousands of years in China. First came the concepts (out of Chinese culture at large) that undergird how they thought about the relationship between heath…

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