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

Classical Dosages: Pandora’s Box

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 [...]

Slow Pulse – DGR – Draft

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 [...]

Antivirals treat cold and flu?

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 [...]

Irritability / vexation (烦 fan) – Shang Han Lun

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). [...]

Site Update + Recent Posts

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 [...]

Lurking Pathogens (Qin Bo-Wei)

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 [...]

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