February 2021

February 2021

The Office: Chinese Herbs for Urinary Tract Infections

  • Two main etiologies: Excess and Deficiency
    • Excess: Damp Heat bearing downward – acute cystitis
      • Pulse:  Right Chi is thick and pounding. Could be at any depth
      • Right Cun could be Convex and pounding indicating some kind of infection in the system. Immune system is engaged.
      • Herbs:  
        • Ba zheng san 70 (with Da huang)
        • Huang bai 10
        • Sheng di huang 15
        • Hu po 10
    • Deficiency: Spleen and Kidney Qi Deficiency
      • Pulse: Right Guan is weak, thin, kleenex like, Right Chi is thin and strong, Left Chi is thin and weak, either in the middle or deep depth
        • Herbs:  
          • Cang zhu 15
          • Huang qi 15
          • Bai zhu 15
          • Sheng ma 5
          • Chai hu 5
          • Xu duan 15
          • Fu ling 15
          • Niu xie 15
    • Deficiency: Kidney Yin Deficiency
      • Pulse: Left Chi is too high, thin and either weak or slightly strong depending on how much heat is involved
      • Herbs:  
        • Sheng di huang 15
        • Zhi mu 10
        • Huang bai 10
        • Mu dan pi 10
        • Ze xie 10
        • Xu duan 10
        • Du Zhong 10
        • Jin ying zi 10
        • Tu si zi 10
        • Shan zhu yu 10

The Office: DNA for Urinary Tract Infections

  • Where is the pain?
    • Lower abdomen: Anterior Lateral, Lateral Lateral, Medial Medial
    • Jing Jin: Foot Yang Ming (ST), Foot Shao Yang (GB), Foot Jue Yin (LV)
  • Where to needle?
    • First sequence: Ankles and wrists:           ST/LI         GB/SJ             SP//P
    • Second sequence: Spreading the image using Ah shi
      • Spread the image on ST and LI Jing Jin vessels
      • Spread the image on GB and SJ Jing Jin vessels
      • Spread the image on SP and P Jing Jin vessels
    • Third sequence of needles: Cross body Jing Jin relationships
      • LV treats St below the knee – Ah shi points
      • SP treats the GB below the knee – Ah shi points
      • GB treats the LV above the knee – Ah shi points
    • Fourth sequence of needles: Anterior and posterior anatomical muscular relationships
      • HT treats the ST – use ah shi on HT Jing jin
      • P treats the GB – use ah shi on the P Jing jin
      • SJ treats the LV – use ah shi on the SJ Jing Jin


What Jing Jin(s) are associated with the pain TCM Anatomical Location Ist Set of Needles:
Ankles and Wrists
2nd Set of Needles
Wrists and Ankles
3rd Set of Needles
Spread the Image
4th Set of Needles
Spread the Image
5th Set of Needles
Spread the Image
Hand Tai Yin – LU Hand Anterior Medial LU LU( AM) LV LU LI UB
Foot Tai Yin – LV/SP Foot Anterior Medial – LV/SP LV (AM) below knee
SP(AM) above knee
LU LV (AM) below knee
SP(AM)above knee)
Hand Jue Yin – P Hand Medial Medial – P P (MM) SP(MM) below knee
LV(MM) above knee
Foot Jue Yin – SP/LV Foot Medial Medial SP/LV SP (MM) – below knee
LV (MM) – above knee
P SP(MM) below knee
LV(MM) above knee
Hand Shao Yin – HT Hand Posterior Medial – HT HT (PM) K HT SI ST
Foot Shao Yin – K Foot Posterior Medial K K (PM) HT K UB LI
Hand Yang Ming – LI Hand Anterior Lateral LI LI (AL) ST LI LU K
Foot Yang MIng – ST Foot Anterior Lateral ST ST (A) LI ST LV(AM) below knee
SP(AM) above knee
Hand Shao Yang- SJ Hand Lateral Lateral SJ SJ (LL) GB SJ P SP(MM) below knee
LV(MM) above knee
Foot Shao Yang – GB Foot Lateral Lateral –GB GB (LL) SJ GB SP(MM) below knee
LV(MM) above knee
Hand Tai Yang – SI Hand Posterior Lateral SI SI (PL) UB SI HT LV(AM) below knee
SP(AM) above knee
Foot Tai Yang – UB Foot Posterior Lateral UB UB (PL) SI UB K LU
Muscles to Jing Jin Jing Jin to Anatomical Region Needle painful Jing Jin Needle painful Jing Jin pair Use Imaging technique Biao Ben
Use Imaging
Use Imaging

The Office: Helping with Cancer

  • Every Chinese Medical clinic at some point is faced with trying to help a cancer patient. Usually our help is an adjunct therapy to either chemotherapy or radiation. Occasionally a patient will show up with a case of terminal cancer and western medicine has given up trying to help them. Many people have asked me to talk about what herbs I use to treat these cases and that is the purpose of this video blog outline.
  • As everyone knows I do not actually treat cancer but rather I treat the body's reaction to it as revealed in MPD (Medical Pulse Diagnosis) which is my version of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis.
  • Consequently, if the pulses are weak I try to strengthen the patient and if they are strong and pounding I try to reduce the inflammation wherever it reveals itself.
  • In general all my formulas in this arena contain some form of tonic such as Shi quan da bu wan and usually two herbs which are said to have anti carcinogenic properties. Those are Ban zhi lian and Bai he she she cao. 
  • A typical formula for a weak patient would be: Shi quan da bu wan 50, Ban zhi lian 15, Bai he she she cao 15, and the rest of the formula would address what else is seen in the pulse.
  • A typical formula for the strong pounding pulse patients would be: Huang lian, 10, Huang bai 10, Huang qin 10, Shi quan da bu wan 20, Astringents 20, Ban zhi lian 20, Bai he she she cao 20. Other herbs could be added depending on the pulse.
  • This approach has worked well over the years. When I deviate from it the results are not as good. If the patient has taken a lot of steroids in the past and the hands are cold and they are of the weak pulse category I often add: Rou gui 5 to 10, Fu zi 5 to 10 and Gan jiang 5 to 10.