lesson 3: herbal therapeutics in chinese medicine
(As resources to answer these questions , see only this Workbook. )
1. Which herb is used most commonly in TCM formulas? Why?
2. Name two herbs discussed in this lesson which can be used for Qi Stagnation and/or for Blood Stagnation (Blood Stasis). What contraindication do they share?
3. What is the difference in manifestations between exogenous Wind and endogenous Wind and which herb discussed in our Lesson can be used for either?
4. What is the difference in indications between the formulas SANG JU YIN and XING SU SAN?
5. Which herb, common to the surface of ponds worldwide, is used in TCM formulas for feverish viral afflictions? What is the name for the TCM pattern that it treats?
6. What does the taste of licorice tell us about which organ system it will affect the most?
7. The common North-American weeds pennycress and sow thistle share many things in common in TCM usage. Name three of them.
8. Which two herbs in the Chinese materia medica are commonly paired to expel Damp Summer Heat? Which two related North-American herbs share their properties and uses, which can likewise be paired to rid one of a summer cold?
9. Deficiency Cold in the Stomach or Spleen can lead to chronic vomiting. Which two herbs are commonly paired, as discussed in this Lesson, to relieve such an unpleasant situation?
10. Which two synergistic herbs are commonly paired to help expel Toxic Heat or Wind-Heat beginning to drive inward? Which part of each plant is used?
11. Which weed, common to both Chinese and North-American soils and whose scientific name begins with "Th," is used to expel phlegm from the system?
12. What is the difference in application between a ripe and an unripe tangerine peel? But, why would a consumer want to insure that only organic peels are used?
13. In TCM therapeutics, what sort of assistance do rose hips provide, as discussed in this lesson? Provide an example of a health condition that might be benefited by the regular consumption of these fruits.