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Learn how to treat pain, headaches, insomnia and fear.


Pain, Headaches, Insomnia, Fear

Download the course, complete the online quiz and receive immediate acupuncture license credit. Learn how to diagnose and treat many types of pain, headaches, insomnia and fear with herbs.


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5-7 a.m. Liver headache.
Thirty-four-year old female had severe headaches at 5-7 a.m. every morning. When she used Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnmomi Cassiae), Qiang Huo (Rhizoma et Radix Notopterygii), and Gao Ben (Rhizoma et Radix Ligustici), she experienced increased sweating and pain. Her tongue was red on the sides and her Liver pulses were wiry and full.

Diagnosis: Liver Yang excess headache.
Treatment Plan: To regulate Liver and calm the Liver yang.
Formula: Xiao Chai Hu Tang modification.

Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) 9g
Bai Shao
(Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae) 15g
Qing Pi
(Pericarpium Citri Reticaulatae Viride) 12g
Xiang Fu
(Rhizoma Cyperi Rotundi) 9g
All the herbs above regulate Liver Qi. Chai Hu spreads and lifts the Liver Qi to open constraint. Bai Shao stabilizes and calms the Liver Yang and harmonizes the Ying and Wei. Qing Pi breaks up Qi Stagnation and stops pain. Xiang Fu promotes circulation and stops pain.

Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Preparatum) 6g
Ban Xia dries Phlegm and descends Stomach Qi downward.
Long Dan Cao (Radix Gentianae Longdancao) 10g
Hu Huang Lian
(Rhizoma Picrorrhizae) 12g
Zhi Zi
(Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis) 10g
All the herbs above clear Liver and Gallbladder Damp-Heat. Long Dan Cao is most adept at clearing Liver and Gallbladder Damp-Heat. Hu Huang Lian eliminates Heat arising from deficiency. Zhi Zi clears San Jiao Damp-Heat, cools the Blood Heat, and reduces irritability.

Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan Radicis) 10g
Sheng Di Huang
(Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae) 15g
Mu Dan Pi and Sheng Di Huang cool the Blood Heat. Mu Dan Pi promotes Blood circulation. Sheng Di Huang nourishes Blood, Jing and Yin.
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) 3g
Dang Gui circulates and nourishes the Blood.
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis) 3g
Gan Cao harmonizes the ingredients of the formula.

After she drank one cup of this herb tea at 4 a.m. every morning for three days, her headache was almost gone. She continued using the same formula for three more days, and the syndrome resolved completely.


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Deficiency headache.

A forty-five-year old male had severe headaches for months. He tried many methods without effect. He had a pale tongue with teeth marks. In the Lung and Spleen positions, his pulses were weak and small, and they were slow and deep in the Kidney.

Diagnosis: Qi, Yang and Blood deficiency headache.
Treatment Plan: Strengthen Qi, Yang, and Blood.
Formula: Shi Quan Da Bu Tang and Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang modification.

Dang Shen (Radix Codonopsis Pilosulae) 15g
Huang Qi
(Radix Astragalus Membranaceus) 12g
Dang Shen and Huang Qi strengthen the Spleen Qi. Dang Shen increases the power of the Middle Jiao Spleen Qi. Huang Qi lifts the Qi up and out to the surface.

Pao Jiang (Toasted Rhizoma Zingberis Officinalis) 6g
Rou Gui
(Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae) 10g
Pao Jiang and Rou Gui warm the Kidney and Spleen Yang. Pao Jiang tends to remain active longer and it also stops diarrhea. Rou Gui tends to flow faster to the warm the channel and guide Fire back to the Kidney.
Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae) 6g
Chuan Xiong
(Radix Ligustici Chuanxiong) 9g
Bai Zhi and Chuan Xiong warm and strongly penetrate through stagnation. While they both flow upward to the surface, Bai Zhi dries Phlegm and Chuan Xiong promotes circulation.

Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) 12g
Bai Shao
(Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae) 12g
Shu Di Huang
(Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae Conquitae) 15g
All the herbs above nourish Blood. Dang Gui warms and promotes Blood circulation. Bai Shao calms the Liver Yang and harmonizes the Ying and Wei. Shu Di Huang is very dense to nourish the Jing and Yin.

Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) 6g
Sheng Ma
(Rhizoma Cimicifugae) 6g
Chai Hu and Sheng Ma lift the Qi up to carry the herbs to the upper body. While Sheng Ma is stronger at raising the Qi than Chai Hu, Chai Hu also spreads and regulates Liver and Gallbladder Qi.
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae) 3g
Chen Pi regulates Spleen Qi and dries Dampness.
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey-Fried Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis) 6g
Zhi Gan Cao harmonizes the ingredients of formula and reduces the acute headache symptoms.

After he took five bags of herbs for five days, his headaches were gone.

Anger during menstruation causes hiccups and nosebleed.

A twenty-year-old female who was very angry started having hiccups once per second during her menstruation. Suddenly her uterus bleeding stopped. She began bleeding excessively from her nose for five days straight while having unrelenting hiccups. After her menses, she became thin, weak and fatigued, and she had lost her appetite. She took Mu Xiang Shu Qi Wan without effect. Her tongue was red with a peeled coating, and her pulses were deep, small, wiry and rapid in the Liver and Kidney positions.

Diagnosis: Liver, Kidney and Stomach Qi rebelling. Qi and Blood Stagnation. Kidney and Liver Yin deficiency with Empty Heat.
Treatment Plan: Nourish the Yin, clear Empty Heat, mobilize Qi and Blood, and redirect the Stomach, Kidney and Liver Qi.
Formula: Liu Wei Di Huang Wan and Si Wu Tang modification.

Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae) 15g
Mu Dan Pi
(Cortex Moutan Radicis) 12g
Sheng Di Huang and Mu Dan Pi cool Heat in the Blood. Sheng Di Huang nourishes the Blood, Jing and Yin. Mu Dan Pi promotes Blood circulation.
Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae) 15g
Bai Shao stabilizes Liver Qi and Yang, nourishes the Blood, and harmonizes the Ying and Wei.
Dang Gui Wei (Radix Angelicae Sinensis Tail) 12g
Chaun Xiong
(Radix Ligustici Chuanxiong) 3g
San Leng
(Rhizoma Sparganii Stoloniferi) 6g
E Zhu
(Rhizoma Curcumae Ezhu) 6g
Xiang Fu
(Rhizoma Cyperi Rotundi) 12g
Niu Xi
(Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae) 12g
All the herbs above promote Blood circulation. Chuan Xiong promotes Qi circulation in the Blood, while Dang Gui mobilizes the Blood via the Blood. Sang Leng and E Zhu break up congealed masses. San Leng moves the Qi of Blood and E Zhu moves the Blood of Blood. Xiang Fu stops pain and promotes menstruation. Niu Xi descends the Blood, expels Wind-Damp-Bi pain, and strengthens the Liver and Kidney.

Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis) 10g
Long Dan Cao
(Radix Gentianae Longdancao) 6g
Although Long Dan Cao is stronger at clearing Liver and Gallbladder Damp-Heat and Heat, Zhi Zi also clears San Jiao Damp-Heat and Heat, promotes circulation, lessens irritability, and cools Blood Heat.

Qian Cao (Radix Rubiae) 10g
Pu Huang
(Pollen Typhae) 12g
Qian Cao and Pu Huang promote Blood circulation and stop bleeding. Qian Cao cools Blood Heat. Pu Huang is more powerful at stopping bleeding.
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis) 6g
Gan Cao harmonizes the actions of the ingredients in the formula.

After she took two bags of this herbal formula, her nose stopped bleeding, her hiccups ceased occuring, and she began to eat.


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Hiccups with a floating and full Lung pulse.

A fifty-year-old female had hiccups for one month. She has used different kinds of herbal medicine without effect. She had a red-tipped tongue, and a floating, full and strong Lung pulse.

Diagnosis: Lung Qi ascending while pushing the Stomach Qi upwards.
Treatment Plan: Sedate the rebellious Lung and to redirect the Stomach Qi.
Formula: Xie Bai San modification.

Sang Bai Pi (Cortex Mori Albae Radicis) 15g
Ting Li Zi
(Semen Descurainiae seu Lepidii) 12g
Sang Bai Pi and Ting Li Zi both promote urination and descend the Lung Qi. Sang Bai Pi clears Damp-Heat in the Lung and stops cough. Ting Li Zi is stronger at promoting urination.

Su Zi (Fructus Perillae Frutescentis) 15g
Jie Geng
(Radix Platycodi Grandiflori) 12g
Su Zi and Jie Geng stop cough. Su Zi also dissolves Phlegm while Jie Geng opens the Lung Qi.
Mai Men Dong (Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici) 15g
Xuan Shen
(Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis) 10g
Mai Men Dong and Xuan Shen nourish Dryness and cool Heat. Mai Men Dong nourishes the Stomach, Lung and Heart. Xuan Shen cools Blood Heat and dissolves Hot Phlegm nodules.

Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis) 10g
Zhi Zi
(Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis) 10g
Huang Qin and Zhi Zi eliminate Damp-Heat. Huang Qin clears Damp-Heat in the Lungs. Zhi Zi clears San Jiao Damp-Heat, cools Heat in the Blood, promotes Blood circulation, and guides other herbs to the San Jiao.

Fu Hai Shi (Pumice) 12g
Fu Hai Shi dissolves sticky Hot Phlegm.

After she took two bags of the above herbal formula over a two-day period, her hiccups were gone.


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