Chinese Herbal Medicine: Historical Perspective and Formula Design

Before acupuncture was discovered, other methods of healing were known and commonly used in ancient China. Prior to the first known Chinese medical texts, which brought together various theories and modalities forming a complete system of medicine, two main predecessors of Chinese medicine existed. The first and maybe oldest form of medicine in China is known as shamanic medicine. This included more ritualistic healing such as chanting, dancing, incantations, and was based on “spirits” and “demons” that a shamaness would try to dispel from the “possessed” person. The second precursor to modern Chinese medicine is folk medicine. This type of medicine had some elements of ritual and superstition to it originally, as it probably derived from or parallel to shamanic medicine at its origin, but the main difference is that the herbal properties became central to the treatment rather than merely just being used as a prop or medium for the Shamaness’ incantation. It is this type of herbal folk medicine that became the roots and really the first modality of the Chinese medical system that has flourished for the last 2500 years.

Happy Year of the Dog!

By Michael Dell'Orfano, Lic.Ac. On February 16, 2018 the Chinese Lunar New Year begins. This is a two week long celebration in China with many traditional customs, including wearing the color red for good luck, eating particular foods for health and longevity, and traveling to see family members. According to the traditional Chinese calendar, 2018 … Continue reading Happy Year of the Dog!

Year of the Fire Monkey (2016)

This post is copied from our older, original blog. Original post date 2/1/2016. By Michael Dell'Orfano, Lic.Ac. Celebrating the Year of the Fire Monkey In China, the New Year is celebrated for several weeks starting on New Year’s Eve.  Families take a week off from work and school to travel in order to spend quality … Continue reading Year of the Fire Monkey (2016)