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Healthy Qi Herbs + Formulas

Healthy Qi Herbs + Formulas
Qi tonic herbs revitalize and help strengthen the body's defenses agains disease.

Qi tonic herbs revitalize and help strengthen the body’s defenses against disease. They can be taken at any time and often used in clinic when people are feeling typical signs of Qi deficiency— low energy, weak breathing, poor appetite, digestion issues, tension and foggy/heaviness in the body and mind (see previous posts for more). Continue reading

Qi Deficiency // Eastern Energetics

Qi Deficiency // Eastern Energetics
Now more than ever it is important to consider how to secure healthy Qi energy to support vitality and immunity.


If you’ve been feeling tired, stressed and spread thin (because, real talk, who isn’t right now?) there are simple ways to add Qi herbs and formulas to your daily routines. Qi deficiency affects everyone differently and some of us are more susceptible to this type of depletion depending on constitution and lifestyle.

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Wind Heat and Wind Cold // Early Stage Cold + Flu

Wind Heat and Wind Cold // Early Stage Cold + Flu

In Eastern theory, early stage cold/flu is considered an invasion of Wind. Pathogenic Wind draws Heat or Cold into the body, weakening the body’s defenses and triggering cold/flu symptoms.

So when you start to feel sick, determining whether you have more Wind Cold or Wind Heat symptoms will help you choose the right herbs and formulas.

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Blood Nourishing Foods

Blood Nourishing Foods
Blood tonic herbs are deeply nourishing and help strengthen the body’s defenses against disease.

Blood tonics can be taken at any time and often used in clinic when people are feeling typical signs of blood deficiency— low energy, sleep issues, anxiety, dryness, achy joints, dizziness (see previous posts for more). Continue reading

Blood Deficiency // Eastern Energetics

Blood Deficiency // Eastern Energetics

During these deep winter months it is common to feel more and more aware of how the body is depleted, particularly with Blood* and body fluids.

This is a season when Blood nourishing herbs can come into play in a powerful way. Blood deficiency affects everyone differently and some of us are more susceptible this type of depletion depending on constitution and lifestyle.

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Five-Peel Powder – Wu Pi San

Five-Peel Powder – Wu Pi San
A formula to drain damp.

A formula to drain damp. While it’s a classic for skin edema, I use most often for Spleen Qi deficiency with long term, stubborn damp. It’s a draining formula so it’s often combined with tonic herbs to balance it out for weak constitutions. The formula in this photo was modified for someone with one week of dizziness, fatigue and a heavy downward bearing sensation. Continue reading