Volume 1; Issue 4

The Editor's Corner -- May 1, 2002

A hearty welcome to all long time, and new subscribers!

Having altered our focus last month to include alternative healing methods outside the realm of TCM, we are now returning to our core, with an article entirely centered on this ancient tradition.

This month's article is entitled 'Chi Kung - Experience Inner Calm'. The writer focuses on a traditional practice (also know as Qi Gong) that is centered on ensuring both a healthy physical, and mental state.

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Our Featured Article
Chi Kung - Experience Inner Calm
by The Tai Chi Academy

When you are feeling the pressure of life, and your mind and body arenít functioning as well as you would like, youíve tried everything and nothing works, then itís time to look at the ancient art of Chi Kung.

The brain consists of only about 3% of the overall body mass but consumes 36% of our oxygen intake. We all know how exhausted we feel after studying for hours, working on a difficult project at work, or having a difficult day emotionally. It takes days to recover our energy.

If we compare the above with physical activities, like gardening or bush walking, we may feel tired after the event and perhaps suffer from sore muscles, but our energy levels are usually well replenished the following day.

The great sages realized that training the mind is more difficult than training the body...

read the entire article>>>


Featured Traditional Formula
Clear the Pain - San Bi Tang
Principal Actions:
An essential anti-inflammatory, with analgesic, immuno-restorative, circulatory, and tissue regenerative properties.

Clear the Pain is based upon the traditional formula, San BI Tang, originally described in 1695 within Zhang Lu's 'Medical Insight'. The formula is said to not only effectively treat the suffering associated with the arthritic condition, but is 'whole organism' focused, managing common digestive issues relative to today's pharmaceutical formulations.

It's principal herb is Angelicae Pubescens, or Bai Zhi, which is outlined in detail within the 'herb of the month' section below.

San BI Tang has been shown to be effective with clients suffering from rheumatic arthritis, osteo-arthritis, chronic lower back pain, and general joint inflammation. It is said that ongoing use of San BI Tang can even play a role in reversing these conditions, negating the need for further treatment.

For additional information on this formula, click here

Chinese Medicinal Herb of the Month

Pinyin: Bai Zhi

Latin: Angelicae Pubescens
Component of: Clear the Pain
Western Medical View:
Anti-rheumatic, diaphoretic, discutient and analgesic actions. Traditionally used in the treatment of rheumatism, heaviness of the lower back and knees, and arthritic conditions with associated limb contracture. Indicated for rheumatism and numbness in the extremities caused by exposure to dampness.
Eastern Medical View:

Dispels wind and damp, is said to be pungent, bitter, and warm. Bai Zhi enters the kidney, and urinary bladder channels.

General Overview:

Bai Zhi consists of the dry root of Angelicae Pubscens, which is generally collected in the late fall, or early spring.

A member of the Angelicae family, commonly used in Chinese medicinal preparations, Bai Zhi is said to reduce atherosclerotic plaque formations, thus effecting treatment for arthritis sufferers.

Pharmacological Actions:

Used in a compound formulae to treat rheumatic syndrome due to "wind, cold, and damp pathogenic factors", an oil injection prepared from the plant, and used in 112 cases of soft tissue damage, showed a marked effective rate of 76.5%; pain was markedly reduced, swelling subsided, and functions recovered.



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