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Salvia miltorrhiza Dānshēn 丹蔘

This is part of a monograph from the book De Pei Ben Cao (Materia Medica Properly Combining) 1761. 《得配本草》 丹参:一名赤参,一名奔马草。苦,微寒。入手少阴、厥阴经血分。养血活血,生新血,去宿血。治风邪留热,除产后烦热,开心腹结气,调女人经脉,有孕能安, 死胎可落,愈冷热痨,止骨节痛。配白芷、芍药、猪脂,敷乳痈。配查炭、益母草,酒炒,清血瘀。心血不足以养神,神不安而虚火动者,丹参补之。 Dan Shen: 1 name is red shen (ginseng), 1 name is “galloping horse” herb. Bitter, slightly cold. Enters the hand shao-yin, jue-yin channels and blood aspect. Nourishes and quickens blood, engenders new blood, eliminates […]

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Musings on the Season

The last couple days have really let us know here in Beijing that the Summer is indeed over and that Autumn has dug its heels in. We have had bright blue skies, something we don’t see enough of here in Beijing, brought in by the cool north winds. I was up at the Autumn Reine […]

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Small Flowered Sage – Salvia plebeia 荔枝草

  Small Flowered Sage Salvia plebeia 荔枝草 (li zhi cao) Many of you know about our series, Bio-Regional Herbalism. Since our last newsletter we have had several great webinars on Bio-Regional Herbalism including Eric Yarnell, Nicole Telkes, and Patricia Kyritsi Howell. So, to honor those excellent webinars, I thought I would write a small piece […]

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Rosa rugosa — Mei Gui Hua 玫瑰花

Shakespeare said, “A rose would be a rose by any other name.” And, while this might be true, there is only one Rosa rugosa, known as mei gui hua (玫瑰花) in Chinese medicine. This is one of nine species of rose covered in the Grand Dictionary of Chinese Medicinals and one of many used around […]

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Another Spring Day in the Mountains

  B As I mentioned in my last post the mountains outside of Beijing are a dry arid landscape, but over the last decade of so the Chinese government has been promoting tree planting in areas all around Beijing, especially to the north and west of the city where the dry (and sometimes sandy) winds […]

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