Top 25 Herbal Formulas

Many patients have inquired about what we can treat with our herbal formulas, so I decided to put together a quick list of the top 25 symptoms we see in the clinic and the common herbal formulas used to treat them.

1. Boost Immunity Yu Ping Feng Wan
2. Sleep Well An Mian Wan
3. Stress Tamer Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan
4. Menses Ease Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan
5. Increase Fertility Ba Zhen Wan
6. Fatigue Rescue Liu Wei Di Huang Wan
7. Strengthen Digestion Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan
8. Cold & Flu Fighter Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan
9. Sinus Power Bi Yan Wan
10. Anxiety Plus Gui Pi Wan
11. Depression Reliever Xue Fu Zhu Yu Wan
12. Bowel Plus Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan
13. Headache Relief Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan
14. Fibromyalgia Aid  Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan
15. Endurance Enhance Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan
16. Constipation Mover Xiao Yao Wan
17. Infection Fighter Huang Lian Jie Du Wan
18. Arthritis Relief Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan
19. Acid Reflux Tamer Wen Dan Wan
20. Diarrhea Control Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan
21. UTI Control  Ba Zheng Wan
22. Cough Ease Qing Qi Huan Tan Wan
23. Asthma Calm Ding Chuan Wan
24. Hives Stopper Xiao Feng Wan
25. Hot Flashes Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan

Final Note: These formulas should only be prescribed by a professional trained in Chinese medicine and only after a formal diagnostic intake has been performed.

Top 10 Cold & Flu Herbal Formulas For Your Family

1. Isatis Root Granule (Ban Lan Gen) Tea
“Preventative For Exposure to the Common Cold and Flu Tea”
Use: Take as prevention and during the initial onset of the cold & flu.

2. Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan Pills
“Initial Onset of Cold and Flu Symptoms Formula”
Use: Body aches, cough, fever, headache and sore throat due to colds, flu and respiratory infections.

3. Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan Pills
“Stomach Flu Formula”
Use: Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, nausea and vomiting.

4. Golden Jin Sang Zi Hou Pian Lozenges
“Golden Throat Lozenges”
Use: For sore throat with pain, dry throat, or for weak voice due to overuse.

5. Viola Clear Fire Formula
“Infection Formula”
Use: Strep throat, pneumonia, respiratory infection, tonsillitis, laryngitis, etc.

6. Xanthium Nasal Formula
“Sinus Infection Formula”
Use: Nasal pressure, congestion, yellow or green discharge and pain due to acute sinus infection.

7. Jade Screen and Xanthium Formula
“Chronic Allergies Formula”
Use: Chronic allergies, sinus congestion, nasal discharge, sinus pain and sore throat.

8. Children’s Ear Formula
“Ear Infection Formula”
Use: Ear infections in both infants and children under 6 years old. This is an alternative to antibiotics.

9. Fritillaria and Pinellia Syrup
“Sore Throat and Cough Syrup”
Use: Cough, chest fullness, phlegm and sore throat.

10. Silver Bee Rinse
“Throat and Mouth Rinse”
Use: Take for sore throats and mouth sores.

Pam and Brian

2014-15 Wellness Kits

This year’s wellness kits will be ready for purchase by mid-October!!!

Individual herbal formulas are already here. For a list of formulas, please look below!

While living and studying in China, Pam and myself were amazed that health and preventive medicine was deeply rooted in the Chinese culture. In fact, many of our friends and colleagues were intimately familiar with many common herbal remedies to treat the common cold and flu. It seemed like everyone knew that when they felt the “gan mao” or “common cold” coming on, they know exactly what to take and what to do. It was just normal part of life. We often heard simple recommendations that we even pass on today in our clinic like: have a sore throat, drink lots of water, or have body aches, chills and fever, go sleep. And all over the city, grocery stores and pharmacies would have large bins of various herbs and teas for sale specifically for the season. This was our inspiration to provide wellness kits for our patients and the public. It is to provide everyone the necessary herbs and information to fight and prevent colds and flu at home and before it becomes a problem.

Our Wellness Kits contain many common teas and formulas to help fight and prevent illness during the upcoming cold and flu months.

1. Isatis Root Granule (Ban Lan Gen) Tea
“Preventative For Exposure to the Common Cold and Flu Tea”
Use: Take as prevention and during the initial onset of the cold & flu.
2. Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan Pills
“Initial Onset of Cold and Flu Symptoms Formula”
Use: Body aches, cough, fever, headache and sore throat due to colds, flu and respiratory infections.
3. Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan Pills
“Stomach Flu Formula”
Use: […]

Treating Lyme Disease with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Mission Statement:
The Chinese Medicine Lyme Study is an ongoing clinical research project investigating the effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture for the treatment of Lyme Disease.

We are developing the best acupuncture and herbal prescriptions, not only to relieve the symptoms, but also ones that will have the best curative effect on the disease.

The CM Lyme Study’s treatments consist of strengthening the immune system, eliminating pathogenic factors, relieving aches and pain, boosting energy, clearing toxicity, promoting circulation, and calming the mind.

The research and use of TCM, Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture is safe, natural, effective and may hold the most viable and alternative treatment for Lyme Disease.
Herb Treatments
The Chinese Medicine Lyme Study Chinese herbs clinical research is quite easy. Every week, you will set up a weekly appointment. At each visit you will fill out the required Lyme Disease Rating Sale (LDRS) paperwork, have a meeting with Dr. Grosam and be given your herbal formula. Each visit should take about 15-20 minutes. The herbs prescribed to you will be in a powdered form. You are required to take 4 grams of powdered herbs 3 times per day, preferably 1-2 hours before or after meals. To prepare the herbs, put the required 4 grams of herbs into a cup and add 6-8oz. of hot water, stir to dissolve, and drink. Some people enjoy the taste of Chinese herbs, while others will grow accustomed to them. You cannot add sweeteners or other additives to the tea.
Acupuncture Treatments
The Chinese Medicine Lyme Study Chinese acupuncture clinical research is quite easy. Every week, you will set up a weekly appointment. At each visit you will fill out the required Lyme Disease Rating Sale (LDRS) paperwork, […]

Summer Cold Prevention

We’ve been seeing many cases of summer colds popping up in the clinic and around town. Some of the common symptoms include: cough, congestion, stuffy or runny nose, headache, sinus problems, nausea, stomach pain, or diarrhea. Here are some simple preventative measures to beat the summer cold:

1.) Drink plenty of water: Keeping hydrated is the #1 measure you can take towards better health. More water benefits your lungs, digestion, and helps maintain proper temperature control of your body. If the lungs are not hydrated, if your digestion is dry, or if you cannot cool down and regulate your body temperature, you leave your body and its immune system vulnerable to cold and flu bugs.

2.) Eat less: Our digestive tract runs lean and mean during the hot months of summer and cannot take large and heavy meals. If the digestion gets bogged down from food, it will slow down and will start generating phlegm. This leaves a ripe environment for viruses to proliferate. The best rule of thumb is to eat small and frequent meals throughout the summer. Eat more vegetables and fruits that are in season. They are rich in water and nutrients that help fight off colds and flu.

3.) Moderate exercise: It is good to sweat some in the summer and to get your blood circulation flowing. Try exercising earlier in the morning or later in the evening to prevent heat stroke. Too much sweating is not a good idea because we loose energy along with the sweat. Again, keep hydrated.

4.) Rest: Do not extend yourself too much. Exhaustion leaves us more vulnerable to colds and flu viruses. Enjoy yourself, slow down and enjoy what summer has to offer.

5.) Avoid direct air conditioning […]

Treating Yeast Infections with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Many women will, at some point during their lifetime, experience this disease. Candidiasis or, more commonly known as “a yeast infection,” is the overgrowth of candida, a yeast-like fungi in the body. The fungus is common in everyone’s body. When the body experiences disharmony or weakness, yeast infections can occur. It is a condition, which is mainly caused by irregularities in the digestion or sometimes with a poor diet, but can also be also triggered by stress, overwork, overuse of antibiotics, or a weakened immunity system. External pathogens, such as the weather, viruses, or other environmental factors do not commonly cause this disease. Many of the common accompanying symptoms include fatigue, food allergies or sensitivities, digestive problems, infections of the skin, bowel disruption, throat congestion, and bladder and vaginal irregularities. Symptoms of the female genitalia include an increase of discharge that can be curd-like or milky-white, itching, and irritation.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the common diagnosis or pattern of yeast infections is the accumulation of dampness in the body. To treat candida, the dampness must be removed and the patient’s digestion must be addressed. To treat the acute manifestations, the dampness must be dried or drained from the body by using bitter foods and herbs. To treat the chronic manifestations, the stomach and spleen organs must be strengthened with a proper diet. Once the spleen and stomach are normal, the dampness should be transformed.

Many of these foods can cause dampness in the body: Sugar, meat, dairy, starches (potatoes, wheat), too little fiber, alcohol, additives, moldy foods, excess fruits, caffeine, smoking, stress and antibiotics. The first four mentioned can cause more dampness than the latter. Keep in mind, when changing your diet, you need to start […]

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine: Effective Treatment for Hives

Clinical medicine is based on a foundation of close and careful observation of treatment effectiveness in the clinical setting.
I had the opportunity to treat five patients within the last year for chronic hives. Based on careful observation of their symptoms, I developed a combination of Chinese herbal formulas that are extremely effective in relieving severe itching and treating hives.
In the beginning, the patients were only receiving mild results from my acupuncture and the Chinese herbal formulas. As practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) we hold a belief that chronic skin disorders are often difficult to treat and may can take a long time, up to six months to one year, to see results.
So I wasn’t too discouraged with the early results, well maybe just a bit of frustration.
I adopted many acupuncture prescriptions and modified the herbal formulas to see if I could increase the overall efficacy. Still though, only obtaining mild success at around 25-35% relief for every patient. This was not good enough for my patients or for me.
I kept looking back at the patient files, trying to understand if there was something missing or possibly counteracting the acupuncture and herbal medicine effects.
I commonly look for and to see if there are any elevated or prolonged emotional problems or stress. Most of the hives patients suffered from elevated or prolonged levels of stress and irritability due to family and career circumstances. Acupuncture and herbs often have wonderful, almost miraculous, effects on treating these symptoms. If the hives were a mere result of such problems though, we would have more than likely seen greater results.
I also look to see if there are any chronic digestive problems or irregularities, especially constipation. Along with this, I […]

Beat the Holiday Stress Here in Minnetonka and Hopkins With Acupuncture

Everyone can use a little help reducing stress around the holidays, we are all under a lot of pressure this time of year.

Most of us have very busy schedules this time of year. The days and weeks will definitely pass in a flash! Our lives will be filled with joyous gatherings of friends and family, lots of shopping, preparing delicious meals and desserts, attending holiday events, and decorating and hanging lights. All the while thinking and trying to find a tiny bit of time to relax and enjoy a little slice of the season.

We find that many of our patients, not only love the wonderful health benefits from their acupuncture and shiatsu-tuina massage treatments, but they also really love coming to our clinic to bathe in the serene atmosphere and to chill out and relax with a much needed, stress relieving treatment. This is what we do best!

People who receive acupuncture treatments and shiatsu-tuina massage already know that it helps them with all of their health concerns. They also know the secret that it is totally relaxing! Once you are on the table and the needles inserted or the bodywork begins, the nerves chill out, the mind stops racing, the muscles relax, and your mind and spirit drift freely and effortlessly for the next 30-60 minutes. And let me tell you, it’s so beneficial for your well being and its completely worth taking the time to do for your self.

Here is a recent study from Georgetown University explaining how and why acupuncture helps in treating stress. In fact, as you read through the article, in paragraph 7-8, you will see them mention that acupuncture regulates the hypothalmus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. I will let you in on a […]

Wellness Kits

Our new Wellness Kits are available to purchase at our clinic.

While living and studying in China, Pam and myself were amazed that health and preventive medicine was deeply rooted in the Chinese culture. In fact, many of our friends and colleagues were intimately familiar with many common herbal remedies to treat the common cold and flu. It seemed like everyone knew that when they felt the “gan mao” or “common cold” coming on, they know exactly what to take and what to do. It was just normal part of life. We often heard simple recommendations that we even pass on today in our clinic like: have a sore throat, drink lots of water, or have body aches, chills and fever, go sleep. And all over the city, grocery stores and pharmacies would have large bins of various herbs and teas for sale specifically for the season. This was our inspiration to provide wellness kits for our patients and the public. It is to provide everyone the necessary herbs and information to fight and prevent colds and flu at home and before it becomes a problem.

Our Wellness Kits contain many common teas and formulas to help fight and prevent illness during the upcoming cold and flu months.

1. Isatis Root Granule (Ban Lan Gen) Tea
“Preventative For Exposure to the Common Cold and Flu Tea”
Use: Take as prevention and during the initial onset of the cold & flu.
2. Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan Pills
“Initial Onset of Cold and Flu Symptoms Formula”
Use: Body aches, cough, fever, headache and sore throat due to colds, flu and respiratory infections.
3. Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan Pills
“Stomach Flu Formula”
Use: Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, nausea and vomiting.
4. Golden Jin Sang Zi […]