The article is extracted from English-Chinese Concise, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Publishing House of Shanghai College of T.C.M. (1993)

Identification and Treatment

1 Yin Deficiency of the Liver and Kidney.

Main Manifestations: Early cataract with senile debility, dizziness, tinnitus, and soreness of the low back. Red tongue with scanty coating or without coating, thready and rapid pulse.

Therapeutic Method: Nourish the liver and kidney.

Decoction: Prepared rehmannia root 24g, Chinese yam 9g, dogwood fruit 9g, moutan bark 9g, oriental water plantain rhizome 9g, poria 9g, schisandra fruit 9g, Chinese angelica root 9g, sesame seed 12g, mulberry fruit 12g, cassia seed 12g, and wolfberry fruit 12g.

External Treatment: Use the needle to dissect the cataract.

2 Deficiency of the Liver and Dampness of the Spleen

Main Manifestations: Early cataract, plumpy constitution, mental fatigue and lassitude, edema in lower limbs in the afternoon or after tiredness. Pale tongue, feeble pulse.

Therapeutic Method: Tonify the liver, strengthen the spleen and dry the damp.

Decoction: Prepared rehmannia root 24g, Chinese angelica root 9g, chuanxiong rhizome 9g, white peony root 9g, red tangerine peel 9g, prepared pinellia tuber 9g, raw licorice 9g, plantain seed (decocted in bag) 9g, betel nut 12g, chrysanthemum 12g, pleione rhizome 3g, and poria 9g.

Medicated Diet

1 Decoct 15g of Siberian solomonseal rhizome, 9g of wolfberry fruit, 3g of chrysanthemum flower, 18g of pearl shell, 9g of dried tangerine peel and a right amount of brown sugar in water. Take one dose daily, for 10 – 15 days successively. The decoction is applied to the type of kidney yin deficiency.

2 Wrap 3g of bat’s feces, 30g of Chinese yam, 9g of dodder seed in a piece of cloth. Add 2500ml of water and boil the drugs until 1500ml of decoction is left. Then, put 60g of polished round grained rice and right amount of brown sugar into the decoction to make gruel after removing the dregs. Take the gruel a dose a day, 15 – 20 doses successively. The recipe is suitable for the type of deficiency of both the liver and spleen.

3 Have 10 sparrows. Get rid of their feathers, wings, claws and beaks, and smash their intestines, stomachs, bones and flesh together. Have magnetite 30g calcined and dipped into vinegar repeatedly for 7 times, and then grind it into fine powder. Grind medicated leaven 30g into fine powder after it is fired. Grind halite 30g and desert living cistanche 30g into powder after they have been soaked in wine and wine-fried. Grind dodder seed 90g into powder after it has been soaked in wine for 3 days and dried under the sunlight. Make pills with all the above powder and a right amount of rice wine and honey by refining them into soft extract, with each pill in 0.6g. Take 20 pills each time, twice a day, after being infused with warm wine. Take them for several days successively.

Understanding Stress – TCM Way


Our world today is filled with stress. Although the definition of stress and our reaction to it is different from each individual whereby several members of any one family often show a similar pattern, the impact it has on our internal organs is somewhat similar based on Traditional Chinese Medical concept.

One of the results of stress is extreme emotions and each type of emotion is capable of affecting one of our five vital organs – namely depression related to liver, excessive joy to heart, obsession to spleen, anguish to lungs and fear to kidney. Most people have a tendency towards using one pattern of bodily reaction rather than others, for example, some have stomach upsets, others headaches, respiratory illness or high blood pressure.

To elaborate further, due to stress one may suffer from angina pectons, cardiac pain, arhythmia and discomfort when lying down – this is similar to heart meridian disorder based on chinese medicine.

Others may feel pain at the roof of tongue, heaviness in the trunk, anorexia, lassitude pain and swelling sensation, coldness in the inner thighs, failing to lie horizontally – this is similar to spleen meridian disorder in the chinese medicine.

There are also those who have a hot feeling in the mouth or dryness in the tongue similar to pharyngitis, toothache, insomnia and weakness of the lower limbs. They will also feel a feverish sensation in the sole which is related to the kidney meridian disorder according to chinese medicine.

Another category of feeling is pain in the coastal region, distension, mass in the abdomen sometimes headache at the vertex, vertigo or accompanied with blurring vision, tinnitus similar to the liver meridian disorder in chinese medicine.

Lastly is the feeling of chill, fever, hidrosis or anhidrosis, distension and fullness of the chest, pain in the chest and clavicula fossa, neuralgia of shoulder and arm with shaking, but when arm crossed over chest it will gain relieve – this is similar to lung meridian disorder base on chinese medicine concept.

An Emotion Of Depression/Stress

Depression/stress in traditional chinese medicine is often associated with stagnation of Qi of the Liver. This in turn seen as a result of repressed feelings, particularly anger, unwarranted worrying, fear and anxiety. The stagnation of qi may lead to poor circulation of body fluids and the accumulation of phlegm which is said to cloud the mind, producing apathy, muddled thinking and pessimism. Here the mind is equated with the Shen, the “spirit” which is associated with the Heart. The accumulation of phlegm is said to indicate the involvement of the Spleen, which is responsible for transforming and circulating body fluids.

Fortunately depression/stress and its effects can be reduced through exercise, relaxation, meditation, biofeedback, acupuncture, massage herbs or food remedies and others. Such therapeutic approaches can help restored normal function to the internal biochemical processes and help to reverse chronic depression/stress. It has been proven that high levels of emotional stress increase susceptibility to illness. Chronic stress results in a suppression of the immune system, which in turn creates increases susceptibility to illness – especially to immune-related disorders.

Emotional stress also leads to hormonal imbalances (adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, thymus and others) that further interfere with immune function.

Another interesting fact about stress is that the period of time which it occurs most frequently can serve as an early indication of an imperfect organ function. According to Midday-Midnight Law, each of the twelve vital organ-meridian-function complexes has a period of two hours during which its activity is maximal. Hence, by keeping a record of stress trend, deficiency of a certain organ can be detected in its early stage.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Future Medicine Publishing, INC. Fife,