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3 Approaches to Working With Age-Defying Tonic Herbs

3 Approaches to Working With Age-Defying Tonic Herbs

HEALING AND HERBS 3 Approaches to Working With Age-Defying Tonic Herbs Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy October 2, 2019 Tonification is a popular topic in herbalism, but the definition and uses of tonic herbs varies from tradition to tradition. Let’s take a...

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Recognizing the Core of Addictions

Recognizing the Core of Addictions

HEALING AND SPIRITUALITY Recognizing the Core of Addictions Shi Yao Hai, Master Buddhist Psychology Teacher and Healing Practitioner December 5, 2018 What is addiction? The core of the Buddha's teachings recognizes that thoughts, feelings and behaviors are not...

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Understanding Nervines and Antispasmodics

Understanding Nervines and Antispasmodics

HEALING AND HERBS Understanding Nervines and Antispasmodics Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy November 7, 2018 Nervines and antispasmodics have similarities and differences in their mechanisms of action and their applications. In a general sense, they have...

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Herbs for Phlegm from the World’s Healing Traditions

Herbs for Phlegm from the World’s Healing Traditions

HEALING AND HERBS Herbs for Phlegm from the World's Healing Traditions Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy June 20, 2018 Phlegm is a concept that carries different connotations depending on which healing system and perspective you are viewing it from. There is...

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How to Cultivate Clarity of Mind and a Loving Heart

How to Cultivate Clarity of Mind and a Loving Heart

HEALING AND SPIRITUALITY How to Cultivate Clarity of Mind and a Loving Heart Shi Yao Hai, Master Teacher and Healer Buddha's Alchemy December 6, 2017 How mental clarity affects the strength of the heart is a very deep & profound topic. It is greater than just...

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Shilajit: Liquid “Gold” of the Himalayas

Shilajit: Liquid “Gold” of the Himalayas

HEALING AND HERBS Shilajit: Liquid "Gold" of the Himalayas Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy September 1, 2017 What is Shilajit? Shilajit has been used safely and effectively in Ayurveda and Tibetan Medicine, and its mention is recorded in ancient texts...

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Why You Should Have Fireweed in Your Home Apothecary

Why You Should Have Fireweed in Your Home Apothecary

HEALING AND HERBS Why You Should Have Fireweed in Your Home Apothecary Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy August 18, 2017 When I was young, I lived in many rural areas of Vancouver Island, BC Canada. I remember noticing the beautiful tall spires of purple...

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8 Great Herb Blogs for Beginners

8 Great Herb Blogs for Beginners

HEALING AND HERBS 8 Great Herb Blogs for Beginners Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy August 2, 2017 When it comes to information about becoming and staying healthy, there is no shortage of advice out there on the internet. Sifting through the multitudes of...

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Guys, energetics matter. What we see in TCM and other ancient healing traditions is the constant return to energetic patterns. We need to know is it cold, hot, damp, dry, stuck, too much, too little, in the wrong place, superficial, deep. Why? Because knowing the Western diagnosis or condition is not enough for effective treatment. That condition manifests itself uniquely in different individuals depending on their natural constitutions, predispositions, lifestyles, co-existing problems, etc… Remember, these are things that are not usually addressed and included in treatment plans in Western allopathic medicine, and in the one size fits all paradigm of treatment.

Some people who get a cold, flu, and even COVID-19 will have Cold-Damp presentations, others Hot-Damp, Hot-Dry and the list goes on. Therefore it stands that treating them with the same herbs is not logical, and is not going to be effective for everyone (although for a period of time in a crisis pandemic situation like what happened in China, it may be all that can be done). We need to know how to formulate in a balanced way that guides the energetics in the direction we desire to get maximum results.

Don’t get me wrong - there are fantastic contributions and stores of knowledge in medical herbalism. For example, it is very useful to know that a herb holds certain efficacy in treating certain strains of bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc…. BUT, what if testing isn’t available? What if one must wait for test results? Does this mean that we delay treatment? NO! We do what the Chinese have been doing for centuries. We treat the energetic patterns that we see, which has been a very effective way of practicing traditional medicines for thousands of years. We don’t wait to differentiate between the common cold and COVID-19 if symptoms present - we treat. We already have the knowledge to do that, and many Western herbalists are adapting traditional structures like TCM into their ways of working and formulas. Basic energetics are at the core of these traditions, however complex their theories get.
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