Chinese Medicine Discussion

This section contains various essays related to the clinical practice of Chinese medicine.

Jul 08, 2012 with 0 comments

Many practitioners have a desire to practice Chinese medicine in a manner that is congruent with what has been done in the past. That is, many prefer formulas that are time-tested. The formulas from the Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun), written around 1800 years ago, often fall into this category because not only do they form the foundation of herbalism as we know it, but they are still commonly used today. However, we must ask, what aspect has

Jan 01, 2012 with 11 comments

Jason & 87 year-old Yang Shao-Shan, nicknamed "The Panda" (Hangzhou, China)

Another Perspective: Studying the Classics For A Firm Foundation By Jason Blalack, LAc and Z’ev Rosenberg, LAc In Jake Paul Fratkin’s Acupuncture Today article entitled “Going Beyond the Classics,” it was suggested that Western practitioners of Chinese medicine are ignoring modern research only to be “married to the classic formulas.” Fratkin makes the case that China has been making advancement after advancement in medicine over the last 60 years that Westerners would be foolish to ignore. Thus, Chinese medicine

Nov 20, 2011 with 2 comments

There has been some recent discussion and debate on some online forums about the meaning of a slow pulse in Chinese medicine. Many believe this relates solely to rate of the heartbeat and thus corresponds to something like three beats per breath or less than 60 BPM. Although this is substantiated in modern and historical literature, it is only half the story. The slow pulse can correspond to a sluggishness or slowness in the arrival and departure of the wave

Jul 30, 2011 with 5 comments

Issues in Using Antiviral Medicinals in the Treatment and Prevention of the Common Cold and Flu (Gan Mao) by Jason Blalack Originally published in the Chinese Medicine Times (Summer, 2011) Introduction There is a current trend for Chinese herbalists to prescribe medicinals based on their Western function. For example, modern research demonstrates that da qing ye (Isatidis Folium) and ban lan gen (Isatidis/Baphicacanthis Radix) are antiviral. Consequently, there are those in both Asia and the West that recommend their use

Jun 26, 2011 with 2 comments

A brief look at the term irritability / vexation(烦 fan) through the lens of the Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun) by: Jason Blalack In Chinese medicine, our understanding of technical terms shapes our clinical picture and ultimately how we treat. One such term that recently peaked my interest was the term 烦 (fan), translated as vexation (Wiseman) or irritability (Eastland Press). These translations seem reasonable since modern dictionaries define it as: 1. vexed, irritated; annoyed, terribly upset, worried

Jun 19, 2011 with 0 comments

Update: As a few people informed me, there was some problems with the twitter & RSS feed notification system, however I think it has been resolved. Furthermore, while finishing up the final stages of my book I have had little time to post, so for those that actually may have checked the website recently, I apologize for the lack of activity. However, at the moment I have more time and will resume posting. Please let me know if there is

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By: Qin Bo-Wei

By: Qin Bo-Wei Translated By: Jason Blalack The names in the warm disease current are extremely complicated. Besides the name, warm disease itself, there is wind-warmth, spring-warmth, summerheat-warmth, autumn-warmth, winter-warmth, damp-warmth, warm-epidemic, warm-toxin, warm-malaria, as well as lurking summerheat, autumn-dryness etc. All of these are within the scope of warm disease. I think that these should be restructured with some added explanation. Only after we rectify these terms will we be able to perform some judicious pruning. Spring-warmth: Warmth is

Jun 14, 2011 with 3 comments

This essay on lurking pathogens (also referred to as lingering, hidden, deep-lying, or latent pathogens) is particularly relevant in today’s era, where we have students and practitioners using the term to describe all sorts of chronic disorders. Qin suggests that the utility of the term may be questionable. Although Qin emphasises the lurking pathogen theory that came out of the warm disease tradition, his historical analysis and questioning can be applied to the general use of the term today. It should first be pointed out that Qin is known as one of the greatest synthesisers of Chinese medicine. He was renowned for his deep classical study and his ability to take an immense amount information and extract the commonalities. Qin made great efforts to systematically integrate ideas of the past. These essays come from this perspective.

May 31, 2011 with 5 comments

By Qin Bo-Wei (秦伯未)

This small essay in taken from Qin Bo-Wei’s larger Warm Disease thesis that was written in 1963. This essay was published in The Lantern Volume 8 No.2, May 2011, as part of a larger three-part essay entitled Some Issues in Warm Disease by Qin Bo-Wei.

Oct 03, 2010 with 0 comments

A Touch of Ling: Learning from ancient case records


This article originally appeared in The Lantern, Volume 7, No.3 September 2010.

by Jason Blalack

Studying Chinese medicine case records is an invaluable way to enhance one’s clinical skills beyond basic textbook knowledge.

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