Traditional Chinese Medicine for Weight Loss

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Weight Loss

Millions of people are familiar with auricular acupuncture for weight loss. An acupuncturist puts studs / ear seeds  at specific locations on your outer ear (there aren’t any needles in your ear canal), and the weight “magically” falls off.

One clinical trial found that people who had a single stud at the “hunger point” in the ear lost, on average, 5.7% of their body weight in eight weeks.  People who had acupuncture at all five traditional points in the ear lost, on average, 6.1% of their body weight in eight weeks.[1] Scientists running another clinical trial of ear acupuncture for weight loss reported that all of the participants in the study lost weight in the very first week. Participants in the study lost from 0.7% to 3.0% of their weight in just seven days.[2] Also in a clinical trial of placing the studs in both ears, every participant lost weight, and lost body fat, and lost inches.[3]

Not all of us, of course, want to have acupuncture in our ears. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get the benefits of acupuncture from a pill or an herbal tea? It turns out that you can. Traditional Chinese Medicine understands both herbs and acupuncture in terms of changes to energy flows, and either method—or both—can help you lose weight.

Yin Fat and Yang Fat

Traditional Chinese Medicine conceives of excess weight in terms of Yin and Yang, containing and moving.

Sometimes overweight is the result of a Yin condition. The body has been so worn down by stress, by disease, or by age, that it just can’t contain its energies in their proper channels. These energies materialize as “flab,” or soft fat. These people tend to be sedentary, and don’t lose weight by dieting.

Sometimes overweight it the result of a Yang condition. The body has more energy than it knows how to channel. That energy also materializes as fat, but it’s a hard fat. These are people who have lots of visceral fat coating their inner organs. They are active, but they still are overweight. These are people who usually lose weight by dieting if they can just stick to the plan.

Herbs can help, but different herbs help with the different kinds of obesity. Two formulas are so well known to work that they’re even covered by health insurance in Japan. If you choose the right formula, it might work for you , too. Let’s look at the two main options

Ledebouriella Decoction (Fang Feng Tong Sheng)  That Sagely Unblocks

Ledebouriella Decoction That Sagely Unblocks is the herbal combination Traditional Chinese Medicine knows as (防風通聖散) and Japanese herbal medicine knows as bofu-tsusho-san. This oddly named formula’s main herb is ledebouriella. It “sagely unblocks” by redirecting excessive energies without causing new health problems. The formula is used to treat obesity in people who are active, tend to overeat but not quite burn off all the calories, and who tend to get headaches, high blood pressure, and constipation. It’s meant for people who get thick abdominal fat and overall are sturdy, just overweight. Because their bodies generate a lot of heat, they tend to be sensitive to heat.  Their skin tends to remain tight even if it is poked or probed. These are people who gravitate to the air conditioner during hot weather.

Doctors in China and japan do not need proof that this formula works when it is given to the right people. However, Japanese scientists have studied how the formula works. It seems to deactivate white fat, the kind of fat that mostly stores fat, and activate brown fat, the kind of fat that burns fat to make heat. [4]

Dai-saiko-to (Da-Chai-Hu-Tang)

Dai-saiko-to (大柴胡湯) (Da-Chai-Hu-Tang)  is the Japanese adaptation of a Traditional Chinese Medicine for a very “Yang” obesity. The people who get this formula eat a lot because they work and play hard, and aren’t happy when they aren’t active.

Like bofu-tsusho-san, dai-saiko-to is a formula Chinese and Japanese doctors use with confidence when people present the symptoms that call for it. After all, it has been used successfully for 1800 years. Researchers have found that it works by modifying liver function. It limits the inflammation caused by a high-fat diet.  It also limits weight gain when the diet is high in fat.[5]

Boi-ogi-to (Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang)

Boi-ogi-to is the Japanese patent medicine version of the Traditional Chinese Medicine formula .It’s a formula for obese people who have more of a problem with cold than with heat. These are people who might have profuse sweating from the head and groin, but not the rest of the body.  Their overweight tends to be “all over,” not just belly fat. Their skin tends to dimple when it is depressed. Constipation is not a part of there symptom patterns. Women of reproductive age who have this symptom pattern usually have irregular periods. People for whom this formula is a good fit tend to be “couch potatoes,” often because they have swelling and joint pain.

Scientists have ascertained that boi-ogi-to may prevent the progression of metabolic syndrome and obesity to type 2 diabetes.[6] It also prevents the destruction of joints by a laboratory model of arthritis.[7]

Can These Formulas Help You?

Chinese herbal formulas for treating obesity in patent medicine form are most widely available as under their Japanese trade names, even though they are made in China. It doesn’t hurt to get a quick confirmation from a knowledgeable dispensing herbalist that you are using the formula most likely to match your symptom pattern. But as long as you don’t have hepatitis B—which is a contraindication for sai-saiko-to—these formulas are safe to use as directed and give you just a little added help in losing weight.

 

[1] Yeo S, Kim KS, Lim S. Randomised clinical trial of five ear acupuncture points for the treatment of overweight people. Acupunct Med. 2014 Apr;32(2):132-8. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2013-010435. Epub 2013 Dec 16.

PMID: 24342715.

[2] Ito H, Yamada O, Kira Y, Tanaka T, Matsuoka R.  BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2015 Feb 9;2(1):e000013. doi: 10.1136/bmjgast-2014-000013. eCollection 2015. PMID: 26462269.

[3] Shiraishi T, Onoe M, Kojima TA, Kageyama T, Sawatsugawa S, Sakurai K, Yoshimatsu H, Sakata T. Effects of bilateral auricular acupuncture stimulation on body weight in healthy volunteers and mildly obese patients.

Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2003 Nov;228(10):1201-7. PMID: 14610261.

[4] Satomi Akagiri, Yuji Naito, Hiroshi Ichikawa, Katsura Mizushima, Tomohisa Takagi, Osamu Handa, Satoshi Kokura, Toshikazu Yoshikawa Bofutsushosan, an Oriental Herbal Medicine, Attenuates the Weight Gain of White Adipose Tissue and the Increased Size of Adipocytes Associated with the Increase in Their Expression of Uncoupling Protein 1 in High-Fat Diet-Fed Male KK/Ta miceJ Clin Biochem Nutr. 2008 Mar; 42(2): 158–166. Published online 2008 Mar 1. doi: 10.3164/jcbn.2008023 PMCID: PMC2266052.

[5] Weibin Qian, Xinrui Cai, Xinying Zhang, Yingying Wang, Qiuhai Qian, Junichi Hasegawa. Effect of Daisaikoto on Expressions of SIRT1 and NF-kappaB of Diabetic Fatty Liver Rats Induced by High-Fat Diet and Streptozotocin

Yonago Acta Med. 2016 Jun; 59(2): 149–158. Published online 2016 Jun 29. PMCID: PMC4973021.

[6] Tsutomu Shimada, Tomoko Akase, Mitsutaka Kosugi, Masaki Aburada. Preventive Effect of Boiogito on Metabolic Disorders in the TSOD Mouse, a Model of Spontaneous Obese Type II Diabetes Mellitus.  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011; 2011: 931073. Published online 2011 Jun 5. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nep012

PMC3139392.

[7] Xinwen Zhang, Zhou Wu, Yicong Liu, Junjun Ni, Chunfu Deng, Baohong Zhao, Hiroshi Nakanishi, Jing He, Xu Yan. Boi-ogi-to (TJ-20), a Kampo Formula, Suppresses the Inflammatory Bone Destruction and the Expression of Cytokines in the Synovia of Ankle Joints of Adjuvant Arthritic Rats.Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017; 2017: 3679295. Published online 2017 May 7. doi: 10.1155/2017/3679295. PMCID: PMC5438844.

 

DISCLAIMER

Any new diet change should be consulted with medical practitioner 

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 info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

 

 

Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan, The Five Seed Fertility Fruits Formula

Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan

The Five Seed Fertility Fruits Formula

Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan is a Traditional Chinese Medicine often referred to as “the fertility fruits” or the “five ancestors tea pills.” This formula combines five seeds and berries that help a man’s body keep his reproductive energies from “leaking.” With his masculine powers properly directed, he is more readily able to father children. The formula also encourages stronger erections, longer lasting intercourse, and increased fertility. Let’s take a look at the five “ancestor” herbs that make up the formula.

 

Gou Qi Zi (also known as Fructus Lycii Chinensis and goji berry) is added to formulas as a Yin tonic. The energies of the herb assist the “holding” energies of the body.  It helps the lungs hold moisture so they are moistened. This stops dry cough. It brightens the eyes both physically and energetically. It can relieve dry eye, but it can also resolve the effects of emotional energies that make the eyes tired. And it nourishes the energies of the Kidney, to hold fluids and the reproductive force known as Jing, and the Liver, to house emotions until they can be properly processed.  It helps a man focus his raw emotional energy on what’s important.

In scientific terms, however, Gou Qi Zi has a much more specific effect on a man’s sex life. It contains compounds that help preserve dopamine-making neurons in the brain. Dopamine is the brain’s reward chemical. Maintaining the brain’s normal production of dopamine maintains a man’s normal interest in sex.[1] It also helps you feel better about your life in general. A clinical trial that involved drinking 120 ml (half a cup) of goji berry juice every day for 15 days found that it significantly “improves subjective measures of energy levels, athletic performance, sleep quality, mental acuity, calmness, feelings of health and contentment, mood, and gastrointestinal regularity compared to placebo.”[2]

 

Tu Si Zi (also known as Semen Cucscutae Chinensis and ) s strengthens Yang, nourishes Yin, and astringes Jing. What does that mean? Chinese dodder seed gives the body’s outward, assertive energies a boost. At the same time it helps the body hold onto energies needed for its inner workings. The combination of these effects helps the body conserve Jing, or its reproductive essence.

Tu Si Zi has many other applications. This herb contains as-yet unidentified compounds that relieve knee pain.[3] Energetically, the knees, the Kidney, and a man’s reproductive function are all interrelated. Practically, if your knees are killing you, you aren’t going to have good sex. Along with epimedium (horny goat weed), Tu Si Zi helps improve the male memory.[4] But most importantly for male fertility, laboratory studies confirm that Tu Si Zi improves sperm’s “swimming ability” and strengthens the sperm’s cell membrane against oxidative assault.[5]

 

Che Qian Zi (also Semen Plantaginis and psyllium seed) is a sweet, cooling herb. Its energies calm those of the Bladder, Kidney, Liver, and Lung.  It promotes

urination. This helps “dry out” diarrhea. It clears Liver Heat, the energetic effect of strong emotions that cannot be contained. This normalizes energies in the breasts and eyes. And it clears phlegm from the Lungs.  In Western medicine, psyllium seed is the most commonly prescribed source of natural fiber, used to treat both constipation and diarrhea, but it also keeps digested sugars from entering the body too quickly.

Western medicine has focused on the use of psyllium seed as a treatment for constipation and high cholesterol, so it has not investigated how the herb can support men’s reproductive health. However, there is laboratory evidence that Che Qian Zi increases the production of bile salts. The liver uses bile salts to remove excess estrogen from the body.[6] It is possible, although it’s not proven, that this ingredient helps a man’s body to eliminate estrogen-like compounds from food and polluted drinking water.

 

Fu Pen Zi (also known as Fructus Rubi Chingii and Chinese Raspberry Fruit) contributes energies that stabilize and bind. It is also an astringent herb. It keeps vital energies from leaking out of the body. Traditional herbalism uses it to invigorate Yang energies to reduce urinary frequency, enuresis, impotence, spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation, or wet dreams.

Modern science confirms that Fu Pen Zi is a vasodilator.[7] It supports the movement of blood into the penis for a stronger erection. It’s also a muscle relaxant.[8] It prevents muscle spasms that could occur at just the wrong time and ruin good sex.

 

Wu Wei Zi, literally the “fruit of five flavors (also known as Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis and schisandra fruit) is sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and pungent. Its five flavors enable it to lend its energies to all five of the energy organs of the human body, the Heart, Kidneys, Liver, Lungs, and Spleen. This herb also has five functions. It can calm, clear, and tonify the body, as well as expel “evil energies” known as Wind and break up stagnation, the physical effects of energies out of place.

Schisandra also has scientifically documented potencies. It stimulates the production of several detoxifying enzymes in the liver, including the CYP2E1 we talked about above and also CYP1A2 and CYP3A11. This helps the liver detoxify caffeine. It also helps a man’s body clear out estrogens that may have been generated by the breakdown of plastics or that come from other sources of environmental pollution.[9]

The formula Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan acting as a whole has been scientifically demonstrated to treat the effects of alcohol on the liver.[10] It acts on a specific enzyme system called CYP2E1.[11] This is the enzyme your body uses to detoxify a huge number of environmental chemicals. It’s absolutely critical for the body to detoxify benzene and aniline dyes. It is the enzyme that clears out painkillers and anesthesia. It’s also the enzyme your liver uses to detoxify alcohol.

But of more interest to most men is the fact that laboratory studies confirm that Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan makes erections stronger, specifically in males with hypertension.[12] It normalizes the production of a compound called nitric oxide (NO) in the cavernus cavernosum, the blood vessels that power the penis. It allows the penis to relax and fill with blood so it becomes erect. Although Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan is not so strong that it comes with the warning “For erections that last more than four hours, see your doctor,” it has the same action as the “little blue pill” that your doctor might prescribe for you.

How do you reconcile the Western science with the known efficacy of the formula in TCM? It’s simple, really. Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan is not a formula is not a formula for men who “have something wrong with them.” It is just a formula that removes certain physiological distractions that interfere with fertility and enjoyment of sex.

Men who have problems in the bedroom or disappointments with pregnancy don’t necessarily have problems specifically in their reproductive organs. The problem may really be the toxic effects of chemicals on the job. Or it can be the physiological effects of toxic emotional experiences. Or it can be the after effects of anesthesia from surgery or even the general stress of an infection somewhere else in the body.

Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan is given to men who function perfectly well as men, but just need some help dealing with toxic environments or toxic lifestyle. Six months of treatment with Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan will help the men who need resume their normal sexual potency as they achieve generally better health.

[1] Lin S, Ye S, Huang J, Tian Y, Xu Y, Wu M, Wang J, Wu S, Cai J. How do Chinese medicines that tonify the kidney inhibit dopaminergic neuron apoptosis? Neural Regen Res. 2013 Oct 25;8(30):2820-6. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1673-5374.2013.30.004. PMID: 25206603.

[2] Amagase H, Nance DM. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study of the general effects of a standardized Lycium barbarum (goji) juice, GoChi. J Altern Complement Med 2008;14:403-12.

[3] Liang Y et al. Effects of traditional Chinese medicine and rehabilitation training on knee joint function after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in arthroscopy. Chinese Journal of Clinical Rehabilitatin. 2006;10(27):6-10.

[4] Liu, Z. Y., Yang, Y. G., and Zheng, B. [Effect of improving memory and inhibiting acetylcholinesterase activity by invigorating-qi and warming-yang recipe]. Zhongguo Zhong.Xi.Yi.Jie.He.Za Zhi. 1993;13(11):675-6, 646.

[5] Peng, S. J., Lu, R. K., and Yu, L. H. [Effects of semen Cuscutae, rhizoma Curculiginis, radix Morindae officinalis on human spermatozoan’s motility and membrane function in vitro]. Zhongguo Zhong.Xi.Yi.Jie.He.Za Zhi. 1997;17(3):145-147

[6] Jenkins DJ, Kendall CW, Axelsen M, et al. Viscous and nonviscous fibres, nonabsorbable and low glycaemic index carbohydrates, blood lipids and coronary heart disease. Curr Opin Lipidol 2000;11:49-56.

[7] Mullen W, McGinn J, Lean ME, et al. Ellagitannins, flavonoids, and other phenolics in red raspberries and their contribution to antioxidant capacity and vasorelaxation properties. J Agric Food Chem 2002;50:5191-6.

[8] Bamford DS, Percival RC, Tothill AU. Raspberry leaf tea: a new aspect to an old problem. Br J Pharmacol 1970;40:161P-162P.

[9] Hong M, Zhang Y, Li S, Tan HY, Wang N, Mu S, Hao X, Feng Y. A Network Pharmacology-Based Study on the Hepatoprotective Effect of Fructus Schisandrae. Molecules. 2017 Sep 28;22(10). pii: E1617. doi: 10.3390/molecules22101617. PMID: 28956809.

[10] Chen ML, Tsai SH, Ip SP, Ko KM, Che CT. Long-term treatment with a “Yang-invigorating” Chinese herbal formula, Wu-Zi-Yan-Zong-Wan, reduces mortality and liver oxidative damage in chronic alcohol-intoxicated rats. Rejuvenation Res. 2010 Aug;13(4):459-67. doi: 10.1089/rej.2009.0985. PMID: 20583953.

[11] Chen ML, Ip SP, Tsai SH, Ko KM, Che CT. Biochemical mechanism of Wu-Zi-Yan-Zong-Wan, a traditional Chinese herbal formula, against alcohol-induced oxidative damage in CYP2E1 cDNA-transfected HepG2 (E47) cells.

J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Mar 2;128(1):116-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2009.12.036. Epub 2010 Jan 4.

PMID: 20051262.

[12] Sohn, D. W., Kim, H. Y., Kim, S. D., Lee, E. J., Kim, H. S., Kim, J. K., Hwang, S. Y., Cho, Y. H., and Kim, S. W. Elevation of intracavernous pressure and NO-cGMP activity by a new herbal formula in penile tissues of spontaneous hypertensive male rats. J.Ethnopharmacol. 11-20-2008;120(2):176-180.

Polyphenols, What are they ?

What are polyphenols ?

Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It’s thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.

You can get polyphenols by eating foods containing them. You can also take supplements, which come in powder and capsule forms.

Factors that influence activity of polyphenols in the body include metabolism, intestinal absorption, and the bioavailability of the poly-phenol. Although some foods may have higher levels than others, this does not necessarily mean that they are absorbed and used at higher rates.

Read on to learn the polyphenol content of many foods. Unless otherwise stated, all numbers are given in milligrams (mg) per 100 grams (g) of food.

 

CLOVES AND OTHER SEASONINGS

In a 2010 study that identified the 100 foods richest in polyphenols, cloves came out on top. Cloves had a total of 15,188 mg polyphenols per 100 g of cloves. There were a number of other seasonings with high rankings, too. These included dried peppermint, which ranked second with 11,960 mg polyphenols, and star anise, which came in third with 5,460 mg.

 

COCOA POWDER AND DARK CHOCOLATE

Cocoa powder was the fourth richest polyphenol food identified, with 3,448 mg polyphenols per 100 g of the powder. It’s not a surprise that dark chocolate fell close behind on the list and was ranked eighth with 1,664 mg. Milk chocolate is also on the list, but due to its lower cocoa content, falls much further down the list at number 32.

 

BERRIES

A number of different types of berries are rich in polyphenols. These include popular and easily accessible berries like:

  • highbush blueberries, with 560 mg polyphenols
  • blackberries, with 260 mg polyphenols
  • strawberries, with 235 mg polyphenols
  • red raspberries, with 215 mg polyphenols

The berry with the most polyphenols? Black chokeberry, which has more than 1,700 mg polyphenols per 100 g.

NON-BERRY FRUITS

Berries aren’t the only fruits with plenty of polyphenols. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, many fruits contain high numbers of polyphenols. These include:

  • black currants, with 758 mg polyphenols
  • plums, with 377 mg polyphenols
  • apples, with 136 mg polyphenols

Fruit juices like apple juice and pomegranate juice also contain high numbers of this micronutrient.

 

BEANS

Beans contain many nutritional benefits, so it’s no surprise that they naturally have hefty doses of polyphenols. Black beans and white beans have the highest number of polyphenols. Black beans have 59 mg per 100 g, and white beans have 51 mg.

 

NUTS

Nuts can be high in caloric value, but they pack a powerful nutritional punch. Not only are they full of protein; some nuts also have high polyphenol content.

One 2012 study found significant levels of polyphenols in a number of both raw and roasted nuts. Nuts high in polyphenols include:

  • hazelnuts, with 495 mg polyphenols
  • walnuts, with 28 mg polyphenols
  • almonds, with 187 mg polyphenols
  • pecans, with 493 mg polyphenols

 

VEGETABLES

There are many vegetables that contain polyphenols, though they usually have less than fruit. Vegetables with high numbers of polyphenols include:

  • artichokes, with 260 mg polyphenols
  • chicory, with 166–235 mg polyphenols
  • red onions, with 168 mg polyphenols
  • spinach, with 119 mg polyphenols

 

BLACK AND GREEN TEA

Want to shake it up? In addition to high-fiber fruits, nuts, and vegetables, black and green teas both contain ample amounts of polyphenols. Black tea clocks in with 102 mg polyphenols per 100 milliliters (mL), and green tea has 89 mg.

 

RED WINEpolyphenols

Many people drink a glass of red wine every night for the antioxidants. The high number of polyphenols in red wine contributes to that antioxidant count. Red wine has a total of 101 mg polyphenol per 100 mL. Rosé and white wine, while not as beneficial, still have a decent chunk of polyphenols, with 100 mL of each having about 10 mg polyphenols.

 

 

 

Polyphenols are powerful micro nutrients that our body needs. They have numerous health benefits that may offer protection from the development of cancers, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. It’s best to consume through foods naturally containing them.  If you take supplements, make sure they are made from a reputable company with high quality sourcing. At the Natural Health practice we use Superfood Red

What to Eat during Seasons According To Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine – Eating With the Season 

eating the season

Eating according to the prevailing season is a system which came into existence thousands of years ago, and is still used throughout the world. Chinese medicine is more comprehensive than a simple list of medicines and their recipes use herbs and naturally found elements. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on prevention more than cure. This is why tips for food intake are a prominent part of the system. Finding the correct foods which correlate with the season is important.

Which seasons does Traditional Chinese Medicine have?

Like contemporary times, the primary focus of Traditional Chinese Medicine is on the four common seasons namely summer, autumn, winter and fall. Different elements are associated with each of the seasons in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Additionally, tips for reaping the most benefits of each season can also be derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

The ancient system of medicine proposed by the Chinese is constantly changing to better suit the modern times. For this reason, it is seen that food from endangered species is often substituted with other naturally found substances which can provide the same results. Traditional Chinese Medicine even describes which emotions are associated with every season and which foods should be eaten in each season.

Summer

Plants are a major part of the proposed summer season diet according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is believed that excessive sweating can decrease heart-qi, which results in irritability and even insomnia. This is why naturally sour and salty flavours are suggested in the summer. Foods to keep the body cool and balanced are recommended including tomatoes, water melons, wax gourd, lotus roots and even strawberries.

Spring

Spring is the season of rejuvenation in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Health problems, however, are a valid concern in spring. Traditional Chinese Medicine, there, recommends the intake of foods which can replenish qi including wheat, dates, spinach, bamboo shoots and Chinese yam.

Winter

Since winter is associated with energy conservation and hibernation, Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends the intake of foods which are high in fat and protein in the winter season. This includes meats like mutton, beef and duck meat. Mushrooms, leeks, yams and dates are also recommended because these are all foods rich in energy.

Autumn

Traditional Chinese Medicine recognises that the body needs to prepare to adjust to the changing season. Since autumn is generally associated with dry weather, Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends the intake of foods which can help produce lubricating effects. These include pears, lily bulbs, pineapples and lemon.

It is also suggested that the intake of pungent flavours like ginger and onion is minimised as they can have adverse effects in autumn.

To learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine in Sydney, contact Rodd Sanchez Acupuncture Sydney

 

DISCLAIMER

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 info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

 

Suan Mei Tang : Sour Drink : Sydney Chinese Herbal

Suan Mei Tang 酸梅汤 – Sour plum drink

If you have been in the clinic in the past month or so, you may have tried the sour drink, which we have been cooking recently. Not only is it tasty but it is fabulous to stimulate your digestive juices. This sour plum drink (Suan Mei Tang)  is great for breaking down fats, lowering cholesterol and enjoying with any meal .

 

Below is the simple ingredients and process to make your own at home. The herbs can be purchased from the Sydney Acupuncture clinic

Ingredients for Suan Mei Tang 

3 or 4 sour dried black plums (wumei)

Small handful sliced dried hawthorn fruits (shanzha)

Small handful sliced dried licorice root (gancao)

4 cups filtered water

2 hunks of rock sugar (the size of walnuts)

2 tablespoons dried osmanthus blossoms (guihua)

 

  1. Place the plums, hawthorn fruits, licorice root, in a sieve and rinse them well under running water. Shake them dry and place them in a clay pot. Pour 4 cups filtered water over the dry ingredients and let them soak for at least an hour to plump them up.

 

  1. Bring the pot to a full boil, and then lower the heat to a gentle simmer for about 1 hour. Add the rock sugar and optional salt, and simmer the infusion until the sugar melts; taste and add more if you want. Add either the osmanthus blossoms then let the infusion come to room temperature.

 

  1. Chill it overnight to allow the flavours to develop. Strain and add enough ice water to make 4 cups, or to taste. Serve icy cold without any ice.

 

Individual Herb Property and Action

Wu Mei : Property> Sour, astringent, neutral; liver, spleen, lung, and large intestine meridians entered.  

Actions> Astringe intestines to check diarrhea, astringe lung to check cough, promote the generation of fluid.

Shan Zha : Property> Sour, sweet, slightly warm; spleen, stomach and liver meridian entered.

Actions>Promote digestion and dissipate food stagnation, activate blood and resolve stasis.

Gan Cao: Property> Sweet, slightly cold; heart, lung and spleen meridians entered.

Actions> Tonify qi of heart and spleen, dispel phlegm, relieve cough and dyspnoea, relieve spasm and pain, clear heat and relieve toxicity, and harmonize property of medicine.

 

 

DISCLAIMER

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 info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

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

PATTERN

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

Actions:

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.

 

 

INDICATIONS

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

 

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF MALNOURISHMENT OF THE HEART INCLUDE

 

* Insomnia

* Possible night sweats

* Anxiety

* Restlessness

* Heart palpitations

* Sighing

* Depression and melancholy

 

fu xiao mai

FORMULA EXPLANATION

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…

Posted by Sydney Acupuncturist Rodd Sanchez on Monday, 10 April 2017

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Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine