Classical Formulas

5 Questions about Modifying Classical Chinese Herbal Formulas

Each time I attempt to modify a formula, I think to myself, is this the correct way? Do I choose my modifying herbs based on the system that I am trained in, the newest research results of Chinese herbs (e.g. Coumarin containing herbs as anti-cancer herb) or the presenting pattern? Or all the above? Or […]


Chinese medicine (TCM) is safe!

Unfortunately, Chinese herbal medicine has enticed negative attention when an article revealed that a multidisciplinary approach to assess the molecular content of 26 patents described found that 92% of their samples have some form of contamination and/or substitution. The research was funded through an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship awarded to MB and a National […]


Important questions about the benefit of medical measures – Ben or Biao?

The following article was composed by Severin Buehlmann based on a professional development session conducted by Dr Johannes Schmidt in Zurich, Switzerland (April 2015). Severin Buehlmann is the founder of Complemedis and also a medical practitioner. He was one of the first Western doctors being trained in Chinese Medicine and was and still is a […]



Infertility is fundamentally the inability to conceive a baby, including the inability of a male to provide normal sperms and the state of a female who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term [[1]]. The causes of infertility include specific male causes, specific female causes, combined and unexplained infertility (Fig. 2, [1]). On […]


Si Ni San Bupleurum & Zhi Shi Formula 四逆散 (Frigid Extremities Powder)

Discussion: Si Ni San (Frigid Extremities Powder) was first mentioned in the Shang Han Lun, or Discussion of Cold Induced Disorders, where its use is confined to the treatment of cold extremities from shao yin syndrome. Here, it is due to yang collapse, where heat has entered the interior where it constrains yang qi, leading […]


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