The doctor-patient relationship takes affinity

written by Dr. Shouchun Ma
Translated by Zheng Li

Oct 16, 2019

One Chinese proverb said: “The doctor-patient relationship takes on a certain lover-like quality”.  Now I’ll revise it as: “The doctor-patient relationship takes affinity”.

A lady, in her thirties, presented with symptoms of fatigue, daily headaches triggered by fatigue.  She has to lie down to alleviate headaches.  She has light and irregular menstruation. She practiced Qigong and Tai Chi for many years, yet has not finished the full (simplified) Tai Chi sequence.
Western medicine offered no clear diagnosis.

Today after treatment, she told me: thank you for your treatment for such a long time.  I felt a lot more energy and headaches are gone.
I felt embarrassed that this “little problem” has taken such several years to treat.
If she gave up two years ago, then we would not have arrived here today.
If she gave up one year ago, then we would not have arrived here today.
What would have happened without successful treatment?  Premature aging definitely.

I thank her for her trust and patience.  She paid herself for weekly treatments.  She never asked me:  why are the symptoms not gone already? when could the treatment start to work?

As a doctor, I often asked these questions myself.  Why did effective treatment on others not seem to work on her?  As a result, I tweaked treatment regimen many times during the course of several years.
I also thought, should I refer to another doctor who could help her better?   But then, I decided against it too.

This case worked due to trust and persistence, hence “the doctor-patient relationship takes affinity”.
There are also many other similar cases.














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Discussion of Honeysuckle Flower

June 10, 2019
Answers by Dr. Shouchun Ma
Translated by Mei Zhou


Dr. Ma: Pomegranate flower, Honey Suckle Flower, flowers of my hometown!

Question: It’s so nice to see your pomegranate flowers and honeysuckle flowers By the way, how to make honeysuckle tea? Do you just pick the flowers and dry them, or do they need to be processed? Do you pick the yellow flowers or the white ones? Do you use the buds?

Dr. Ma: Good questions! It’s best to dry honey suckle flowers in shaded area. Try to avoid exposing them under the scorching sun. The white flowers are the best if picked when still buds, but will bloom right after they are picked and exposed under the sun.

Chinese medicine believes that honeysuckle detox the body, especially for the head, throat sores and swelling, also effective for acne. It can relief skin allergy in the head and face too!

I can also let you in on a secret that you can’t find in any books! Honeysuckle refreshment can prevent memory loss and insomnia, in other words, it prevent dementia effectively. This is because the brain is “clear land”, afraid of phlegm, afraid of heat, afraid of wet, afraid of stasis. Honeysuckle helps rise up into brain, its fragrance dissolves humidity and turbidity, also clear heat without upsetting the stomach. It helps people stay clear headed, and it can enhance memory and prevent brain function degradation.

Question: That’s great! To treat acne for youth, should it be taken as tea? How much of it should be taken per day?  Will it cause uncomfortable in the stomach if taken too much?

Dr. Ma: The flower is sweet cool,won’t upset the stomach like bitter cold medicine would.   It is best to take 10g per dose, and 30g at the maximum.

Question: Only the white buds can be used, not the yellow ones?

Dr. Ma: The yellow ones can be used, just not as effective. Honeysuckle is an elegant and effective traditional Chinese medicine. It grows very well in North America, but it takes time to pick.

Question: Without drying, can you make tea with freshly picked flowers?

Dr. Ma: Yes. The fresh ones are even better! If you have the time to make honeysuckle dew with the flower and tender branches, it’s very beneficial to your health.

Question: How do you make honeysuckle dew?

Answer1: the honeysuckle dew is purified honeysuckle water. You can use a distiller if you want to do it yourself, like the used in middle school labs. Dew normally means purified. If this is too inconvenient, you can also reduce the liquid by boiling it on low heat.

Answer2: Honey Silver Flower Dew

Main ingredients: honeysuckle,

Auxiliary ingredients: honey

Efficacy: Clear away heat and detoxify, moisten intestine and purgative

Materials and Production:

Honeysuckle 50 grams, and 50 grams of honey. Put honeysuckle into the pot, boiling on low heat, extract juice. Take a bowl of honeysuckle juice 2 times a day, add 25 grams of honey, and stir well.

Efficacy and taboo

Clear away heat and poison, moisten bowel and unblock bowels. It is suitable for constipation patients with excess heat.

Dr. Wu:It’s best not to boil honeysuckle for long time. Boiling for longer than 10 mins will destroy the aroma of the flower. If can’t be distilled, better drink it directly as tea.

Question:Do you put it in water of 70 – 80 degree celsius, like you do with normal tea?

Dr.  Wu: You can even use boiling water. Putting it in boiling water for 5 to 10 mins is fine.



问: 马医生,看到你的石榴花金銀花,真好!順便問一下怎麼做金銀花茶?就收下來晒旱就行嗎,還是要加工?選金花銀花還是未開的花?


马医生@小貓  很好的问题,又可以啰嗦几句了。金银花阴干为好,不在烈日下直晒。最好是将开未开的白色花蕾。但要注意掌握,摘时未开,一晒就开了。











@梅  金银花甘凉,不象苦寒药伤胃,一般10克为宜,不超过30克。

@怡Yiོ༻  黄色花亦可用,功效弱一些而已。








怡@闲云 学习了[Salute][Salute][Salute]请问如果不干燥,刚摘下来的新鲜金银花可以直接泡茶吗?



@闲云 觉得以前一些事好好笑,而且现在觉得是一种美好、有趣、愉悦的回忆



@闲云 第一次听您把金银花讲得如此清楚,对金银花也有了更多的了解,自己以前有很多误区,看来偶尔泡点金银花是不错的饮品,谢谢您的讲解[Coffee]





@小貓 金銀花露就是提純了的金銀花水,要自己做的話,就是要用蒸餾器,就是我們中學實驗室那種簡單的都可以。



@小貓 金銀花露就是提純了的金銀花水,要自己做的話,就是要用蒸餾器,就是我們中學實驗室那種簡單的都可以。






















@春夏秋冬 @Lisa @小貓 最好不要熬制,如果不能蒸馏,就直接泡水喝为宜,因为沸腾10分钟后金银花的芳香成分就挥发掉了



@闲云 马寿椿 马叔叔好!金银花预防老年痴呆,受教了,谢谢![Rose][Rose][Rose][Fight]



@吴俊梅 謝謝,是不是像泡綠茶一樣,7,80度的水泡泡就行了?





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Stay Healthy This Winter with a Balanced Qi

Winter’s element is water and is associated with the kidneys, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is considered the source of all qi and energy within the body. Winter is also associated with the bladder and adrenal glands.

Focusing on inner reflection, rest, energy conservation and storage during the winter months is when it’s most important as it helps us to properly nourish our Kidney Qi.

Below are a few methods you can learn about and apply during this season in order to maintain a balanced qi. continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Treating Depression

Depression has a tendency to rear its head when we feel overwhelmed or out of balance. Hopefully, we can pull ourselves out of the depressed state and continue on with everyday life. But, that is not always the case. Clinical depression affects upwards of 16 million adults in the United States. Typically, doctors prescribe antidepressants, but alternative methods, like acupuncture, work just as effectively as antidepressants without any negative side effects.

acupuncture for depression

Whereas antidepressants address the symptoms of depression and ignore the root causes, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help alleviate symptoms of depression while also attacking the root cause(s). In this way, TCM brings the body and mind back into balance. Rather than ignoring the connection between the body and mind, acupuncturists approach treatment from a holistic standpoint. When we experience emotional challenges and upset, our physical body may become affected as well. Then a vicious cycle begins, because the emotions are greatly impacted by what we can and cannot do physically.        

Long term imbalances in both our physical bodies and our minds can lead to a state of depression. This depression affects our qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy. Qi animates the body while guarding it from pain and illness. When Qi is blocked and unable to flow properly throughout the body and mind, stagnation is created which can lead to depression. Acupuncture helps to unblock these areas of stagnation, allowing qi to flow freely again. When the qi flows freely, physical pain and mental anguish will dissipate over time and the depression will lift.

For those who suffer with severe depression, acupuncture may not be enough. This is where other elements of TCM come into play. Things such as herbal formulas can be excellent additives for helping people cope with depression. There are several Chinese herbal formulas that work very well. One of the most commonly used formulas is Chai Hu Shu Gan San. This formula contains things like white peony root, tangerine peels and bitter orange that help boost or tonify the qi. Many times, natural remedies are a better choice for those suffering from depression, as there are far fewer side effects than found in prescription pharmaceuticals.

Techniques like tai chi or qi gong are other ways to help battle depression naturally. Tai chi and qi gong bring the body and mind back into balance by decreasing stress and allowing the person performing it to focus all of their intentions on the movements. This allows the mind to relax, which in turn relaxes the body. Tai chi and qi gong also increase oxygen flow into the muscles, allowing for increased mobility.

If you are somebody who suffers from depression and you are looking for natural, holistic solutions, TCM may be the right choice for you.

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The Benefits of Moxibustion

Traditional Chinese medicine is a medical system that incorporates numerous methods for treating disease and illness. One of the tools found in the toolbox of the Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner is known as moxibustion.      

Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning of mugwort, known as moxa, which is an herb that facilitates healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), strengthen the blood and maintain general health. Qi is translated as life energy. There are two types of moxibustion, direct and indirect. Direct moxibustion uses moxa that is shaped into a small cone and is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. This type of moxibustion has two subcategories, scarring and non-scarring. Non-scarring moxa allows for the moxa to be placed upon the acupuncture point, lit and extinguished or removed before it burns the skin.  Non-scarring moxibustion creates a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deeply into the skin, but does not create a scar or any pain. Scarring moxa burns until it distinguishes on its own. This may lead to localized scarring and blisters. Indirect moxibustion is the more popular of the forms. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a stick of moxa and holds it close to the acupuncture point for several minutes until the area turns red.

Moxibustion can be used for many reasons because it provides many benefits. The first benefit of moxibustion is it is warming to the body. Many people who have autoimmune diseases, low immunity and blood conditions are frequently cold. The warming properties of moxa make it a great choice for these types of conditions.

Moxa is also a good choice for those suffering from aches and pains. The warming properties of moxa allow it to increase blood flow by warming the blood. Increased blood flow means increased oxygenation to the tissues, muscles and tendons that are sore.

Another benefit of utilizing moxibustion is increased immunity. Studies have shown moxibustion significantly increases the white blood cell count in the body, which is the major component of the immune system. Moxa strengthens the immune system and helps re-balance autoimmune diseases.

Despite the fact moxibustion involves the burning of mugwort, it has been shown to be very beneficial for cooling areas of inflammation. This again goes back to blood flow.  Moxa improves blood flow to areas of inflammation, while promoting the natural radiation function of the skin. This also works on chronic inflammation diseases like arthritis.

As moxibustion has many benefits and can be used to treat multiple diseases and ailments, it might be a good addition to a person’s health regimen. It is recommended that only properly trained and fully licensed practitioners be used and a quick internet search can easily provide the names of those located nearby. There’s never a better time than now to start incorporating healthy living habits.

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