Our professional corner has a variety of articles for practitioners and the public alike, although the emphasis is on advanced material that is only comprehensible to fully trained practitioners of Chinese medicine. This material is generally derived from texts, published articles, and lecture notes created by our founder Eric Brand.
Check back frequently, as this material is frequently updated.
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Articles available for download (PDF format):
Global Trends in Concentrated Extracts
The Art of Ginseng:
Chicken Soups for All Seasons
A Brief History of Pathomechanisms
Ginseng Quality Discernment
Eric's Pacific Symposium Notes (comparative sections on modern and traditional GYN diseases)
Eric’s Response to 2008 Thieme Almanac Article on Shen
Thieme Almanac 2008 Article on Granules
Appendix from Concise Chinese Materia Medica (Quick Reference Based on TCM Disease)
Quick Acupuncture Reference for Gynecology (Point prescriptions based on the awesome scholarship of Wiseman and Feng, taken from their essential text A Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine, by Paradigm Publications)
Class Notes: Herbal formula notes (PCOM Herbs 4 notes), deep source nasal congestion (Bi Yuan), cough and lung abscess, lung distention, and stomach pain
Nigel Wiseman's English-Chinese Complete Terminology Glossary- This is a masterpiece of over 25 years of world-class scholarship. Nigel Wiseman created, for the first time, a comprehensive approach for translating Chinese medical Chinese literature into English. His terminology system is the largest and most complete system ever created; it has been used to translate hundreds of professional books and articles spanning both classical and modern literature, and it played an important role in the World Health Organization's (WHO) terminology standards for Chinese medical diagnosis and ICD-11 codes. This PDF file contains over 30,000 terms used in Chinese medicine, and it the singlemost important reference work for all professional TCM translators. All the terms within it can be found in the essential reference work "A Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine."
Readers interested in translation and terminology might also like this link to the World Health Organization's international standard terminology for Traditional East Asian Medicine (free PDF).
In addition, I help maintain a daily blog at the website of Blue Poppy Enterprises. In addition to running Legendary Herbs, I work as an author, lecturer, and quality control specialist for Blue Poppy. Besides the blog, I often travel to do lectures and will be posting free webinars on the website BluePoppy.com.
I am archiving some of my favorite blog posts here for easy navigation. To see the full selection of blog posts and to stay current with the Blue Poppy blog, visit the following link: http://bluepoppy.com/blog/blogs/index.php
Selected articles from my blog:
Global ADR Reporting Trends in Chinese Medicine
The Dynamic Evolution of Pulse Diagnosis
Chinese Medical Devices in Taiwan
The Influence of Chinese Medicine on Taiwanese Food
The Influence of Chinese Herbal Medicine on the Food of Hong Kong
Evidence-Based Medical Trends in Chinese Medicine
The Herbal Markets of Guangzhou (Part One)
The Herbal Markets of Guangzhou (Part Two)
Chinese Medicine in the Taiwanese Healthcare System
Xi Xin and Aristolochic Acid
How Much is in a Qian?
Meet the Modern Masters: Dr. Zhao Zhongzhen
When Did Chinese Medicine Discover Sexual Transmission as a Vector of Disease?
Fillers and Allergens in Granules
Commonly Confused Medicinals
The Art of Formula Combining
The Interesting Situation with San Qi
Dextrin vs. Starch in Granules
Clinical Tips from Taiwan on Pulse Diagnosis and Acupuncture Technique
Will Chinese Herbal Medicine Survive in Europe?
Compounding Granules and cGMP Law
Chi Shao vs. Bai Shao
Bing Lang Culture
What Are Marker Compounds?
Full-Spectrum Extracts vs. Standardized Extracts
Materia Medica Gems from the Qing Dynasty
Some Interesting Historical Changes in Pathomechanisms
Links to Articles by Prof. Zhao Zhongzhen
Basics in Red Ginseng Quality Differentiation
Herbal Product Labeling in Canada
What is the Difference Between Ren Shen and Dang Shen?
Meet the Modern Masters: Prof. Chang Hsien-Cheh
Wild Huang Qi (Astragalus)
Authentic Dong Yang Shen
On Ling Zhi
Thoughts on the Classics
Different Grades of Chuan Bei Mu
Differentiating Chuan Bei Mu and Ping Bei Mu
Xi Xin Roots
Are You Using the Correct Fang Ji?
By the Numbers: A Brief History of Chinese Medical Formulas
A Favorite Winter Beverage
Chinese Herbs in Canada
Making Relationships with Chinese Contacts
Xue Jie and Endometriosis
Chinese Medicine and Dairy
Are Board Exam Lists Limiting the Field?
Modular Approaches to Formula Combining: Gui Zhi Tang
Modular Approaches to Formula Combining: Er Chen Tang
Modular Approaches to Formula Combining: Si Ni San
Consistency in Concentration Ratios
The Influence of Excipients on Concentration Ratios
Understanding Concentration Ratios
TCM Actions of Tea
Berkeley Botanical Gardens
How to Buy Authentic Korean and Japanese Ginseng
PCOS and Treatments Based on the Menstrual Cycle
Vomiting in Pregnancy
The Two Forms of Huang Qin
Dining with the Movers and Shakers in Washington
Shi Xue-Min on Needle Rotation
Shi Xue-Min on Acupuncture Research and Treatment Frequency
Hats Off to Philippe Sionneau!
Interesting Facts About the Bronze Acupuncture Statue
On Chuan Niu Xi
On Wu Wei Zi
What is the Difference Between Fortifying the Spleen and Supplementing the Spleen?
The Virtues of Digital Patient Records
Is Your Astragalus Really Astragalus?
More on Wang Bu Liu Xing Substitutes
Medicinals That Lack Consensus in Terms of Categorization
Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San: For Cold or Heat?
True Wild Ginseng
Very Well-Done Fake Wild Ginseng
Amazing Stats on Jia Wei Xiao Yao San
True Fu Ping
Data on Taiwanese Prescription Trends
Translation Styles in Chinese Medicine
Western Megacorporations and Chinese Medicine
Authenticity in Chinese Medicine 101: Correcting Errors in Basic Textbooks
True Wang Bu Liu Xing
Great Recipe for Blood-Nourishing Herbal Liquor
Li Shi-Zhen and the Ben Cao Gang Mu
On Granule Dosage
On the Concise Chinese Materia Medica
Chinese Medicine and Male Pattern Baldness
California Acupuncture Board Reduces Herbal Portion
Ice and Menstruation
Chinese Medicine and Thai Massage
OTC Herbal Products in Thailand
Roy Upton and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
Great TCM Websites
Tropical Fruits and TCM
Advice on Learning Chinese
Medicinal Moxa Cakes for Endometriosis
EBM and TCM: Research on Tongue Diagnosis
Clinical Issues in Translation: Sinews and the Liver
Where Men Historically Thought to Be More Prone to Sexual Taxation?
Major Historical Developments in TCM Gynecology
Ginseng, Coffee, Herb-Drug Interactions and Evidence-Based Medicine
Uterine Fibroids and TCM
On the Concept of Spirit in Chinese Medicine
On Nigel Wiseman and Practical Dictionary Terminology
Common Counterfeits in Chinese Herbal Medicine
New Acupuncture Techniques in China
Interesting Data on Aristolochic Acid and Medicinal Use in Taiwan
Commonly Confused Medicinals
Valerian in Chinese Medicine
Li Dong-Yuan's Hangover Cure
Meet the Modern Masters: Shi Xue-Min
Cultivated vs. Wild Ginseng
GMPs and Herbal Dispensing Methods in Hong Kong
ADR Reporting Trends
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