Professor Chén Rùi-Chūn’s experience in the usage of Wǔ Líng Sǎn (Five-Ingredient Powder with Poria) (陈瑞春教授应用五苓散经验)

The following is a short excerpt of my most recent article/translation, which will be published in the Lantern’s September issue.   

2 thoughts on “Professor Chén Rùi-Chūn’s experience in the usage of Wǔ Líng Sǎn (Five-Ingredient Powder with Poria) (陈瑞春教授应用五苓散经验)

  1. Eran, This is actually one of the first times I am not so impressed with a Chinese doctor's prescription on your blog. While certainly common and mainstream, a trend I do not like in writing prescriptions is taking classical scripts and then adding two or three empirical herbs to it when treating specific problems such as urination. Why not bolster the yang instead of using stabilizing and bind medicinals? I feel that when adding medicinals to classical formulas that one has to keep in mind the overall architecture of the prescription, and whether the new medicinals are actually adding to or obscuring the overall effect. That's at least my opinion.

  2. Hi Z'ev,While I completely agree with you, and too favor an approach which utilizes the classical formulas as they were intended to be used, with little modification, these translations are put up in order to show readers the various other methods used by other highly skilled practitioners. I believe these kinds of modifications were common for Dr. Chen, and his work often reminds me of that of Dr. Jiao Shu-De. I also agree with the idea that if the pathomechanism is clearly defined (in this case poor bladder transformation) and addressed, the need for herb additions is unnecessary. Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion. Much appreciated.

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