How do you take my Chinese Herbs?
The traditional way is to make tea. This make the herbs fast acting. Sometime when you have a clear day, have this herbal tea and see how those fast acting herbs work. Meanwhile, you can also put them in a water bottle and soak them over night and drink them in your water through out the next day.
How much to take?
The herbs I use are granular. They are in a jar as loose powder. Shake the jar in case the herbs have settled during shipment. They come with a little spoon. This spoon measures approximately 1/4 teaspoon or 1 gram. Start by taking two spoons per day. Your practitioner will lessen or increase the amount and duration of each formula. Take one in the morning and one in the afternoon or better yet, spread it out in your drinking water.
Do they need to be prepared?
Sure! The process will really be enhanced by you adding YOUR LOVE. Prepare your herbs with love by soaking them to give them a change to wake up and enhance themselves. (like a warm up and stretching in exercise). For a fast acting effect, steep the dry herbs in hot water (but not boiling) as a tea. Or it is fine to use room temperature water too. It is especially easy to soak the herbs over night in your water bottle and drink them through out the day.
The Chinese herbs are sold by weight. I use the gram as my measurement to sell them. It may contain many, many herbs each reflecting your current conditions and needs for attention.
I use large, medium and small containers to sell herbs based on the type of condition and how long you need to take a formula. Each situation is different but in general we stick with a bottle holding about 60-65 grams which is enough for about a month if you are taking 2 spoons per day.
Checking back in
Checking back in includes how you are doing, how the condition is changing and what is showing up now. Your body will also have its own story about what it has a need for and how much energy it has to do the job. The practitioners consider all of these things and may then adjust the formula.
Mimi’s reflection on how Chinese Herbs work
I am a sensitive. Therefore, how I approach and use Chinese Herbs may be different from other approaches. I have talked to plants and loved them, my entire life. People laugh, but not me, my plants, animals and MY CELLS all relate very well to me! I can hear them, feel them and see them doing what they do. I can see the interactions and I love when they are happy! I won’t stop paying attention to plants. I will stick up for what I know they are and what they do. We are all living in the same environment therefore each of our parts responds to their environment as well. We are all in a big matrix. With a bit of awakening to the love, we as in EVERYONE, can be aware of this as well. .
If the plants sing, I know they are happy. If they get too dry, they don’t sing. Cells are quite the same way. Happy feelings (if you can get them) between people, say in a work environment or a family, are super important to the overall happiness and thus health of those individuals.
Not all Chinese Herbs sing. Just a good restaurant, there are some brands which are happy and delicious! That is because they loved are cared for with love. You have to look for the brands that express this. My practice is to extend this love with my own to you, invoke your love to your cells, and right into your cells issues. Love heals! We sing the peace to your pain and awaken you to your divinity. We move through the distractions and move into the Divine Experience!!!
Welcoming your herbs
So how to welcome these new friends? Each herb comes with an action. Some are tenors, others sing the bass notes, etc. They are working together in the same place, on the same thing, but like our various organs they are not the same. They have different actions.
The herbs will work in a gentle way, encouraging your cells to awaken and realign with their jobs. (not anything like western medication applications) The cells, like us, can get on the hamster wheel and forget what they are doing. They need to be deeply loved and recognized so they can reawaken to the present and thus begin to enjoy themselves again. These herbs somehow help the the cells to get past the stress of getting disconnected with the goodness, and wake them up to the good stuff. The cells begin to create love again and you heal from your own love. The herbs kind of sing to you and wake you up. Encourage you and they seem to STAY POSITIVE.
What the heck am I talking about? How can someone come into your environment and make an ordinary day feel wonderful? Go to YouTube and look for videos of a flash mob. Some people begin to focus on you the crowd and they do something for you. Something perhaps unexpected. You begin to feel wonderful because you are receiving “service” as well as the love and good vibrations.
Here is a personal example. I was once in a restaurant in Santa Monica, CA on my birthday and the table next to us were people traveling from Denmark. I shared that it was my birthday and they all burst out in song. They sang their beloved Danish happy birthday song. It was a beautiful moment of receiving for me. How wonderful and memorable that was. Can you imagine if that level of love and attention sustained? That is what Chinese Herbs do. These plants are well cared for seed to bottle with everyone clear on their purpose (for 1000s of years). They are well bred plants that have specific jobs and do them well for you. Each one different and then chosen specifically for you with lots of love. Wow!
Of course the herbs have also had thousands of years of track record doing their healing actions. We know this about herbs. Love plus these actions is very powerful. Studying the actions of the herbs is a life time practice like playing a musical instrument. It is certainly a different language from our alternative health with detoxing and restoration of function.
What is Oriental Diagnosis?
Ba Gang Bian Zheng (Eight Principle Differentiation)
- 1. Exterior
- 2. Interior
- 3. Cold
- 4. Heat
- 5. Deficiency
- 6. Excess
- 7. Yin
- 8. Yang
Zang Fu Bian Zheng (Organ Pattern Differentiation)
- 1. Liver (Wood Element)
- 2. Gall Bladder (Wood Element)
- 3. Heart (Fire Element)
- 4. Small Intestine (Fire Element)
- 5. Spleen (Earth Element)
- 6. Stomach (Earth Element)
- 7. Lung (Metal Element)
- 8. Large Intestine (Metal Element)
- 9. Kidney (Water Element)
- 10. Urinary Bladder (Water Element)
Wei Qi Ying Xue Bian Zheng (Defensive, Qi, Nutritive, Blood Differentiation)
- 1. Wei (defense) level
- 2. Qi (energy)level
- 3. Ying (nutritive) level
- 4. Xue (blood) level
Liu Jing Bian Zheng (Six Stages Differentiation)
- 1. Taiyang
- 2. Yangming
- 3. Shaoyang
- 4. Taiyin
- 5. Shaoyin
- 6. Jueyin
San Jiao Bian Zheng (Triple Burner Differentiation)
- 1. Upper jiao
- 2. Middle jiao
- 3. Lower jiao
Qi, Blood, Body Fluids and Jing (Essence)
- 1. Qi deficiency
- 2. Reversed flow of qi
- 3. Qi stagnation
- 4. Qi and blood stagnation
- 5. Blood deficiency
- 6. Blood stagnation
- 7. Bleeding
- 8. Body fluids
- 9. Jing(essence)
Liu Yin (Six Exogenous Factors)
- 1. Wind
- 2. Cold
- 3. Summer-heat
- 4. Damp
- 5. Dryness
- 6. Heat
Qi Qing (Seven Emotions)
- 1. Joy
- 2. Anger
- 3. Melancholy
- 4. Meditation (Over-Thinking)
- 5. Grief
- 6. Fear
- 7. Fright
- 1. Food (diet)
- 2. Traumatic injuries
- 3. Phlegm
- 4. Bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome)
- 5. Shen (spirit)