Preface             Introduction to Asian Herbalism                                               1


Lesson One        The History & Philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine         3


Lesson Two        Assessment in Chinese Medicine                                              7


Lesson Three      Herbal Therapeutics in Chinese Medicine                               37


Lesson Four         The History & Philosophy of Ayurvedic Medicine                   99


Lesson Five         Assessment in Ayurvedic Medicine                                            113


Lesson Six           Herbal Therapeutics in Ayurvedic Medicine                          125


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Dong quai & Codonopsis                    Strengthens Qi & Blood

Dong quai & Szechuan lovage             Smoothes menstrual irregularities from Blood Defic.

Fenugreek & Red raspberry fruit        Strengthens kidneys when deficient

Ginger (raw) & Jujube                         Purges Wind-Cold; Supports Spleen Qi

Ginger (dried) & Chinese licorice       Resolves vomiting from Deficient-Cold St/Sp

Ginger (dried) & Schisandra               Resolves cough/wheezing from Cold/Defic. lungs

Ginger (dried) & White atractylodes  Resolves diarrhea from Spleen Deficiency

Ginseng & Dong quai                          Nourishes Blood

Honeysuckle & Forsythia                    Expels Toxic Heat and Wind-Heat (viral infections)

Japanese teasel & Solomonís seal        Strengthens low back/knees from Kidney Defic.

Lycium & Chrysanthemum                 Nourishes Liver to improve vision & resolve tinnitus

Myrrh & Boswellia                              Relieves pain from Blood Stagnation

Rehmannia & White peony                  Purges Heat arising from Blood Deficiency

Scute & Coptis                                     Purges Fire

Scute & Self-heal                                  Dispels dizziness/headache from Liver Fire

Scute & White peony                           Resolves feverish dysentery from Damp Heat

Self-heal & Chrysanthemum                Dispels vertigo/eye pain from Liver Fire

Wrinkled giant hyssop & Mist flower Disperses Damp Summer Heat

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lesson 3: herbal therapeutics in chinese medicine


(As resources to answer these questions , see only this Workbook. )

1.    Which herb is used most commonly in TCM formulas?  Why?

2.   Name two herbs discussed in this lesson which can be used for Qi Stagnation and/or for Blood Stagnation (Blood Stasis).  What contraindication do they share?

3.   What is the difference in manifestations between exogenous Wind and endogenous Wind and which herb discussed in our Lesson can be used for either?

4.   What is the difference in indications between the formulas SANG JU YIN and XING SU SAN?

5.   Which herb, common to the surface of ponds worldwide, is used in TCM formulas for feverish viral afflictions?   What is the name for the TCM pattern that it treats?

6.   What does the taste of licorice tell us about which organ system it will affect the most?

7.   The common North-American weeds pennycress and sow thistle share many things in common in TCM usage.  Name three of them.

8.   Which two herbs in the Chinese materia medica are commonly paired to expel Damp Summer Heat?  Which two related North-American herbs share their properties and uses, which can likewise be paired to rid one of a summer cold? 

9.   Deficiency Cold in the Stomach or Spleen can lead to chronic vomiting.  Which two herbs are commonly paired, as discussed in this Lesson, to relieve such an unpleasant situation?

10.  Which two synergistic herbs are commonly paired to help expel Toxic Heat or Wind-Heat beginning to drive inward?  Which part of each plant is used?

11.  Which weed, common to both Chinese and North-American soils and whose scientific name begins with "Th," is used to expel phlegm from the system?

12.  What is the difference in application between a ripe and an unripe tangerine peel?  But, why would a consumer want to insure that only organic peels are used?

13.   In TCM therapeutics, what sort of assistance do rose hips provide, as discussed in this lesson?  Provide an example of a health condition that might be benefited by the regular consumption of these fruits.

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