A Historical Investigation of Constraint
With Guest: Eric Karchmer
- A brief history of constraint
- In the early part of the 20thcentury the Liver was associated with the nervous system
- Neurasthenia and Liver Qi Constraint
- Zhu Dan Xi had a particular view of constraint as exemplified the formula Yue Ju Wan, 越鞠丸Escape Restraint Pill
- The beginnings of Western medicine coming into China in the Republican Era was the catalyst for many changes in thinking and practice
- Xiao Yao San, 逍遙散 Rambling Powder started off as a gynecological formula, not a prescription for emotional discomfort
- Chinese medicine used to be used for acute conditions
- How all this study and background influences Eric’s practice
- TCM is not the enemy, it gives us a starting point with language and perception
Visit Eric's website at Appalachian University's Department of Anthropology
Eric is a co-founder and responsible for the herbal formulations at Dao Labs
The Excitations and Suppressions of the Times: Locating the Emotions in the Liver in Modern Chinese Medicine is the article we reference in this discussion. It's a delicious and mind opening read.
There other authors were also involved in this writing project. If you liked the one above, you'll certainly these others by Volker Scheid, Keiko Daidoji, and Soyoung Shu
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