Gan Mai Da Zao Tang

GAN MAI DA ZAO TANGgan mai da zao tang

English name for this formula : Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Decoction; Glycyrrhiza-Triticum-Ziziphus Decoction.

Gan Mai Da Zao Tang formulation comes from Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Coffer) text. written by Zhang Zhongjing (150-219) at the end of the Eastern Han dynasty and was first published in the Northern Song dynasty.

This formulation is now available in clinic in both cooked fresh daily or in dry form so you can make your own at home


Malnourishment of the heart spirit (due to an underlying liver-spleen disharmony)


The functions of this Chinese medicine formula are to nourish the heart and calm the spirit while harmonizing the middle jiao. This Traditional Chinese Medicine  Herbal formula is best suited for conditions of excessive worry, anxiety or pensiveness injuring heart yin and disturbing normal liver Qi flow. Due to the liver Qi being affected there is commonly spleen disorders present in this pattern of disease.




1) neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as general anxiety disorder, hysteria, epilepsy, paediatric night terrors, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, sleep-walking, and migraine headaches;

2) spasmodic disorders, such as spasmodic cough, Parkinson’s disease, gastric spasms, and spasms of the extremities

3) disorders of the electrical system of the heart, including sinus tachycardia and ectopic heartbeats




* Insomnia

* Possible night sweats

* Anxiety

* Restlessness

* Heart palpitations

* Sighing

* Depression and melancholyfu xiao mai


Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis, Licorice Root) -nourish heart, harmonize middle jiao

Fu Xiao Mai (Semen Tritici Aestivi Levis, Light Wheat Grain (unripe Wheat)) -tonify Qi, nourish yin, regulates heart

Da Zao (Fructus Ziziphi Jujubae, Chinese Date, Jujube) -tonify Qi, nourish fluids

Other modifications

We can also add YU JIN – Radix Curcumae, YUAN ZHI – Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae, SHI CHANG PU – Rhizoma Acori

Calm & Ease Decoction / Gan Mai Da Zao Wan(Tang)Gan Mai Da Zao Tang ( Calm & Ease Decoction ) is a classical formula…

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Sydney Acupuncturist Rodd Sanchez‎‏ في 10 أبريل، 2017


Body Constitutions According to Chinese Medicine

Body Constitutions


Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses primarily on disease prevention, re-establishment of balance within the body, and laying the foundation for the promotion of health. According to the system, however, there are a few different constitutions of the human body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that every person acquires and inherits a unique set of characteristics which decides how people react to pathogens, and how they behave throughout their life. These characteristics are what make up the body constitutions derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Read on to learn the basics of body constitutions in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Qi Deficiency

People with Qi deficient body constitutions are generally timid and feeble. These people are also more prone to catching a cold. Qi deficiencies are often associated with the kidney, heart and lungs.

People who have a qi deficient body constitution become short of breath quickly, and may experience dizziness and fatigue often. Low blood pressure and underactive thyroids are also a possibility among people with qi deficient body constitutions. Those who fall under the category of qi deficiencies, are, therefore, recommended to avoid excessive physical activity and overeating.

Environmental changes are also problematic for people with qi deficiencies as they usually have a hard time coping with new surroundings and situations.

Yang deficiency

People with yang deficiencies experience extreme discomfort in cold weather. Yang deficiencies can be inherited, or even developed after prolonged illnesses. Excessive cold food intake can also be a culprit behind yang deficiencies.

Windy and humid environments are an inconvenience for people with yang deficiencies. These people generally complain about cold feet. Those with yang deficient body constitutions are recommended to eat more foods like lamb, prawns and venison as they can help with the inability to bear cold weather.

Yin deficiency

Unlike people with yin and qi deficiencies, those with yin deficiencies are extremely outgoing. Generally thin, these people experience warm and sweaty palms coupled with dry mouths. The organs associated with yin deficiencies are the stomach, lungs, kidney and liver.

Hot and humid environments should be avoided by people who have yin deficiencies since they can become extremely uncomfortable in these situations. Similarly, the intake of hot and spicy foods like most meats and chilli should be avoided by people with yin deficiencies.

To learn more about body constitutions according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, contact Rodd Sanchez.



Mushroom and Yi Yi Ren Soup

Mushroom and Yi Yi Ren Soup

Following from our last newsletter I wanted to share one of my fav mushroom and yi yi ren soup. Pick this up from a site many years ago and have made it many time with loads of modifications. Yi Yi Ren (also known as coix or Job’s tears or Chinese pearl barley) is also part of the soup. Some research has found that this is a gluten free ingredient even though one of the names for it is barley. It is one of the allowed foods by the NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases).  The Chinese herbal medicinal use of Yi YI Ren is to reduce swelling, however the elders do not recommend eating large amounts of yi yi ren when pregnant. It is best for any other time when you want to retain less water.

Mushrooms are key to making that umami taste (rich, savory, and earthy), thus three types of mushroom – king trumpet, shiitake, and miyatake (button mushrooms) but of course you can use any type of mushroom.



1kg of carrots, washed, trimmed and rough chopped

1kg onion, chopped

125g. of ginger, washed, sliced, or crushed

500g. dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and rinsedmushroom

500g of napa cabbage (wombok), washed and rough chopped

125g. of dried bok choy, rehydrated and rinsed three times

7.5 l of water

1 honey date, rinsed


1kg king oyster mushrooms

500g  fresh shiitake mushrooms

500g  brown beech or oyster mushrooms

180g. dried yiyiren, rinsed 3 times and soaked for at least 4 hours

90g  lotus nut rinsed and soaked

Directionsyi yi yren

Soak the barley and lotus seed for 4 hours. They can be soaked together. Drain.

Meanwhile, combine stock ingredients in a soup pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 hours then strain all the stock ingredients out of the soup. Use a fine mesh strainer to get clear stock.

Add barley and lotus to the stock and simmer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, dice all the mushrooms into small pieces. Toss the mushrooms with some oil. Saute the mushrooms and deglaze with rice wine. Or, broil the mushrooms. Add the mushrooms to the soup and simmer for another 20 minutes.

The soup is done when the stock looks cloudy and the pearl barley are soft.


Introduction to Qi Gong

Introduction to Qi Gong

qi gongDating back to thousands of years, Qi gong is an extremely effective, yet gentle exercise derived from traditional Chinese practices. Qi gong is comprised of particular sets of movements which are repeated a number of times. Unlike most contemporary exercises, Qi gong does not put excessive strain on the joints or muscle groups.

Fluid movement within the body is enhanced through Qi gong. The movements involved in Qi gong are both internal as well as external. This is primarily what makes Qi gong different from the majority of cardiovascular and muscle-based exercises.

Internal benefits of Qi gong

Practising Qi gong has a number of health benefits. Qi gong helps alleviate stress which is one of the greatest culprits behind a variety of diseases and medical conditions.

It is believed that balanced qi within the human body is what keeps a person going. When there are problems with the energy and qi of a person, they tend to experience a multitude of problems. Qi imbalances within the body result in consistent anger, depression and even morbid thoughts. Practising Qi gong is a great and efficient way to counter these problems as the internal energy of the body is strengthened through these repetitive movements.

Mental clarity is another gift which can be achieved by practising Qi gong. Since this exercise helps with energy development, people who practice Qi gong have better comprehension and concentration skills. Confusion is something which people who practice the exercise do not have to face.

What is walking Qi gong?

Walking Qi gong is a type of Qi gong, the benefits of which were publicly announced and endorsed in 1977. Founded by a cancer patient who relapsed twice, walking Qi gong is now one of the most popular exercises among cancer patients throughout the world. Practiced in many different location and situations 

The results of walking Qi gong manifested themselves in as little as six months. Walking Qi gong involves walking with slow and calculated rhythmic movements, along with particular breathing patterns which are essential to be followed in order to reap the complete benefits of walking Qi gong. Walking Qi gong was introduced, research upon, and tailored by founder Guo Lin until it was finally known as a technique which could easily be practised by people of all ages and body constitutions.

Walking Qi gong also has a variety of movements and the technique, too, differs slightly according to your gender.

To learn more about Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, contact the Clinic on 8213 2888



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The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Mushrooms, more than just food!

What Are Mushrooms?

Lingzhi Mushroom Ganoderma Lucidum


Mushrooms are a strange and wondrous entity; they are genetically a lot more like human beings than plants. Fungi mainly occupy a hidden kingdom, metabolise non-living organic matter, decomposing plants and absorbing the nutrients from that organic matter, just like a compost pile does. They can even slow climate warming in forests, per recent studies. Mushrooms build their cell walls from chitin, similar material as the hard-outer shells of insects unlike plants

Some mushrooms decay logs, others are friends with living trees or grow out of soil, decomposing leaves, dung, mulch or compost. Others form fairy rings that may be spread over hundreds of square miles and be hundreds of years old. Others still can live anywhere, with fruiting bodies that develop in a huge array of beautiful forms and colours. All they need is a little moisture to grow their fruit, and they begin to plump up and produce mushrooms.


Medicinal Mushrooms

Two-hundred seventy species of mushroom have been known to have active therapeutic properties, and many appeared in Materia Medica records. The health benefits of mushrooms are enormous and difficult for another product to compete. Some of the mushrooms which we use in the clinic are mentioned below.


Reishi Mushoorm , Ling Zhi , Ganoderma


Considered the king of herbs in Chinese medicine, can be found extensively around the world, with many different sub species. It is shaped like a kidney (semicircular), found in a variety of colours. Has a hard and woody texture with a varnished presence.  The therapeutic effects have been noted as being able to enhances blood oxygenation, reducing altitude sickness. As well as lowing cholesterol levels in addition to supporting liver function and thus assisting with hepatitis patients. In the clinic, we use Ling Zhi for regenerates bronchial epithelium, and has been shown to improve bronchitis and bronchial asthma


Zhu Ling / Fu Ling


A commonly used herb in Chinese medicine is a white-to-grey mushroom that grows in dense rosettes found in the woodlands of China, Europe and Eastern and Central North America. Used to support “spleen” function which include immune and digestive function. Studies have shown possible anti-cancer and anti-tumour actions as well as reducing side-effects of chemo-therapy



Chaga mushroom

Co-exists with birch trees in some of the harshest and coldest climates in the world, has a tough and woody texture.   Contains levels iron, copper, potassium, selenium, calcium and a selection of amino acids and enzymes. Been shown to have Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant as well as anti-cancer potentials, antiviral and antiplatelet


Cordyceps Sinensis

Originally grown off the remains of a caterpillar at high altitudes in the Himalayas, it was well sort after and the high price was an indication of its health value. Now cordyceps is grown off different medium and price is more affordable. Folk healers from the region use it to treat cancer, diabetes, asthma and erectile dysfunction. It has been shown to contains beneficial fatty acids, amino acids and sterols. Some of the health benefits include possible anti-tumor, anti-diabetic, radio-protective and anti-platelet effects in animal studies. Sports people and those wanting more energy use it to enhances exercise and athletic performance and resistance to fatigue



One of the most widely cultivated mushroom after common white button mushroom, used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Shiitake contains high levels of calcium, selenium, vitamin B2 and vitamin C. Shiitake are noted for their possible immune-booster effects, antitumor and antiviral properties, plus the added effects of lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

So how can you get these benefits? Raw: Powdered: Liquid: Infused

Buy some mushroom products and consume them every day!





The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Why acupuncture is good prior to giving birth?

Pre-delivery acupuncture! Why acupuncture is good prior to giving birth?

Lately in the clinic, we have been helping ladies in their quest to become mothers with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Once pregnant, the female body undergoes some spectacular changes o adapt for the foetus to grow as well as preparing itself for the labour process. There are major physiological changes to hormone levels as well as physical changes. There can be a few hurdles in the initial stages of pregnancy with morning sickness, possible high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome,, diabetes, lower back pain even itching. For the most part, mother nature will assist these mums. So, the question is, how can we assist your pregnancy with acupuncture? Well, let us investigate the last 5 weeks of the pregnancy and some of the positives reactions acupuncture provides.


  • Calms the body – the unknown can be very daunting for new and even second time around mums. The body and mind can be influenced with the stress of the birth or other stresses associated with the nesting process. The body can go into a sympathetic fight or flight response elevating cortisol levels, which at high levels, may hinder the body and delay possible contractions


  • Increases oxytocin – there are acupuncture points  throughout the body which have been used to increase oxytocin. This hormone is a feel good hormone that helps with contractions during labour and birth. It is also present during lovemaking and helps the bonding process with a mother and her baby.


  • Ripens and opens the cervix – this is important. Acupuncture helps to assist in softening and encouraging dilation of the cervix. This  helps to increase contractions and aid the foetus for a safe delivery. If the cervix is not soft, there can be a delay in delivery.


  • Keeping the fetus Calm –  at the end of the pregnancy there will be reduced amount of space and the the foetus will start to feel the walls closing in . Acupuncture can be a great treat to calm the mother and child 


It is truly a special gift for a newborn to come into the world and as such, we are offering a five-week acupuncture treatment program for the special price of $100 per week ($500 in total). This includes up to 3 sessions of acupuncture / moxibustion or massage (whichever is deemed appropriate at the time). This program may be claimed via health funds as well. To take advantage of this program, you must be more than 34 weeks pregnant and ready to be spoilt! Your body will thank you (and so will your bub).


Thank you for time to read article

Audrey Cortez & Rodd Sanchez

Acupuncturist and Moxibustion


The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture and Chinese medicine