The Contemporary Herbalist

The Nature of Qi

What is Qi? Qi (pronounced Chee) is within every living thing. It is in the air that we breathe, in the food that we eat. Qi is not only fundamental to Chinese philosophy, but also to Traditional Chinese medicine. Qi is the electrical impulse that makes our heart...

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Qi and the Emotions

Our emotions are essentially an expression of qi. For example, joy is expressed by contentment, jubilation and laughter, and has an outward manifestation (more than inward). Anger that is expressed has an outward movement – yelling, shouting, cursing – whereas...

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Qi is both Matter and Energy

Qi is both matter and energy “All that is void and empty is full of Qi which, in its state of condensation and thus visible, is called being, but in its state of dispersion and thus no longer visible, is called non-being,” (Wang Fu Zhi, 1619-1692). Qi in the body is...

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Jia Wei Xiao Yao San

A variation of Xiao Yao San (Free and Easy Wanderer) Jia Wei Xiao Yao San is an ancient Chinese herbal formulation designed to calm anger and irritability, support energy, relieve stress and can regulate the menstrual cycle. This formulation is particularly effective...

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Xiao Yao San (Free and Easy Wanderer)

Xiao Yao San is an ancient Chinese herbal formulation designed to even the emotions, support energy and relieve stress. The English translation of Xiao Yao San reflects the goal of this formula – it is beneficial if one moves through life in a free and easy manner, as...

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Bai He 百合 (Bulbus Lilli)

Bai He 百合 (Bulbus Lilli)  Bai He (Bulbus Lilli) is often most noted for its ability to moisten the Lung and treat a chronic dry cough, with sticky mucus due to Lung yin deficiency. Serving as the chief ingredient in the formula Bai He Gu Jin Wan (Lily Bulb Decoction...

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Summer and the Fire Element 火

Now we have reached the summer solstice, and entered into the warmest months of the year, we begin to experience the season of the fire element. The fire element organs are the Heart and Small Intestine, the emotion joy, and the expression creativity. It is the most...

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The Contemporary Herbalist

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Dr. Christine Cannon, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM 

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