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Welcome to Physicians Herbal Formula
We offer innovative, modernized, and yet holistic herbal formulas tested in internal medicine clinic. Designed by a medical doctor and herbalist with attentions to both traditional and biomedical effects of herbs.
Why herbal formulas may be more natural, holistic than a single herb or an active chemical ingredient:
The contents in this introductory page to herbal formulas are rarely mentioned in most herbal remedy sites, and yet are vital information about natural herbal remedies which we have experienced in our many years of integrative practice of western internal medicine and eastern herbalism. Please read them, and think about the implications of the contents. We sincerely wish to emphasize the two facts: 1) Natural herbal remedies cannot be understood purely from modern biomedical assumptions about health and illnesses, but must integrate the world views of both biomedical and eastern medical systems. Healing herbal remedies are never about one " active ingredient of a herb ", which has a narrow spectrum of actions defined only biomedically. Phytochemistry is in her infancy, and we do not even know what are the active ingredients of most herbs in producing the traditional therapeutic effects. We do know that there are very often synergistic effects of different chemicals of a herb or herbs. The therapeutic effects of a whole herb are greater than the effects predicted from the sum of the effects of constituents used alone. Some symptoms such as fatigue, or dizziness are even beyond the framework of biomedical models. ( we know what are the factors causing such symptoms, but we do not know about the circuitry or the real biomedical mechanisms. There are no fatigue or dizziness centers in our brain, any more than the consciousness center. ) ..... 2) The results of studies in lab are rarely meaningful clinically. There are numerous lab studies, and too many " active ingredients " with the same positive results on the same kinds of experiments with the test tubes or rats in terms of antiinflammatory, immune system enhancing, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic effects,so on. But, the meaningful controlled clinical studies of both the active ingredients or the herbal formulas are rare in America. They are done on only a tiny fraction of the widely used herbs. These studies are usually done only on the potential pharmaceutical drugs.......
1) any X symptom arises from the sensory monitorings of and neurohormonal responses by an organism to disturbed homeostasis. Therefore, any X symptom is a sign of disturbed homeostasis. Homeostasis is the state of equilibrium maintained by an organism who regulates the internal biochemical reactions of organs so as to maintain steady internal environment. In order to heal a symptom, one must not only address the initial impetus causing the disturbed homeostasis but also modulate the complex pathogenetic mechanisms. A following example may explain one of the most commonly disturbed homeostasis which is initiated by excess heat within an organism.
Two fundamental biophysical constants for homeostasis are the stable internal temperature and energy balance. Thermoregulation occur in response to not only outer temperature changes but also to internal heat production during metabolic reactions in various organs such as brain, liver, and muscles. Energy balance is described by Energy intake= internal heat produced + Work + Stored Energy. One initiating cause of disturbed homeostasis in internal temperature is the production of excess heat during " excessive " metabolic reactions. A common case is that of heat produced in brain during excessive mental exertions such as thinking or worrying too much. Chronic excess heat is also produced in liver with an overload of toxins/ drugs/ some "active chemicals in herbs" whose concentrations our body try to regulate by detoxifying reactions. Excess Heat can be produced by skeletal or cardiac muscles under exertion. Heat produced by biochemical reactions in diverse overloaded organs with inefficient work outputs are carried by the blood vessels to oral mucosa, cheeks, soles, and palms to be emitted to the environment by local arteriolar dilation. Thus the familiar symptoms of dry mouth, sore throat, burning tongue, hot face, palms, and soles result. Heat is also carried to the hypothalamus which start thermoregulatory neurohormonal responses that result in sweating, hot flashes, and feeling hot with heat avoidance behavior.
2) a single herb or a major chemical constituent of a herb may not correct all the pathogenetic mechanisms behind an X symptom. In cases of excess heat production by different organs, a single herb may not slow down all the cranked up chemical reactions with inefficient work and clear heat in all involved organs, or diminish the transfer of heat to peripheral tissues by " cooling blood heat ", or calm down all the reactive sympathetic and adrenal responses. A well balanced formula with each herb doing her function may correct the multiple pathogenetic mechanisms causing an X symptom. ( for an example, read the explanations of workings of different herbs in the formula Dry Mouth& Throat in Dry Mouth category ),
3)There may be undesirable effects from overusing only a single herb. Even those Herbs tested by medical research such as “adaptogenic” astragalus root, ginseng, eleuthero root ( siberian ginseng), or ginkgo,etc may lead to imbalances in bioenergy, if used a long term singularly, and may cause “heat build up” and dry mouth, headache, dizziness,etc. Seemingly innocuous ginger may be contraindicated in cough due to bronchitis with dark sputum. Such unwanted effects of the herbs are predictable effects of overusage singularly. Astragalus,ginseng, and ginger are all warm herbs producing heat. When taken by individuals with much heat inside already,”overheating”effects may result in symptoms. On the other hand, well known herbs such as coptis ( the rich source of berberine for diarrhea ), skullcap roots ( the source of baicalain for diarrhea) or American ginseng for fatigue or Japanese knotweeds ( Hu Zhang from which the companies make resveratrol concentrates, the well known antioxidant in grapes ) are cold herbs that may cause abdomenal pain with diarrhea with overusage. Even “foods”cause imbalances. Overeating suger and dairy products chronically causes “sticky” water metabolism,and may result in overproduction of phlegms(read our cough ).
Each natural herb contain wonderful ingredients including antioxidants. There are about 500 different eastern herbs routinely used in formulas, and many of them have amazing, biomedical actions by western medical researches done in China, Korea, and Japan; for example, a herb called Shu di huang ( steamed rehmannia ) has antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiallergic, antipyretic, antineoplastic, as well as adrenal tonic, nervine, sialogue, and neuroprotective actions proven by researches. Rehmannia has more than 30 different iridoids including aucubin with anticancer effects, in addition to more than 20 organic acids, 20 amino acids, sugars, and others including beta-sitosterol. However, Phytochemists have only rudimentary knowledge of how each chemical constituents of a herb or multiple different herbs work synergistically to produce many biological and bioenergetic effects. Although Shu di huang has numerous actions by animal and laboratory researches, eastern herbal medicine never uses shu di huang alone to treat any of the many common ill symptoms caused by disrupted homeostasis. Shu di huang in traditional medicine is one of the supreme tonic herbs that build up the substantial bodily energy ( " kidney yin "; her tonic action is different from astralgus or ginseng which tonify the dynamic bodily energy called " Qi" ). For chronic fatigue due to deficiency of both substantial and dynamic energies, Shu di huang can be used as the king herb, with assistance from other tonic herbs including warm qi boosters, which must be balanced by cooling herbs that clear heat arising from tonification. Phytochemical knowledge of in vitro laboratory studies alone do not give the herbal experts as to how to employ shu di huang in conjunction with assitant herbs for healing an X symptom such as chronic fatigue. Only a well designed herbal formula can bring out the best healing power of a herb such as rehmannia.
Physician's natural herbal formulas, using the language of eastern herbal medicine, eliminate the pathogenetic factors by proper means and routes, tonify the deficient energy flows, strategically open up the blocked energy flows in neurohormonal and vascular networks of organ systems, and restore homeostasis and well being. They are not only safe, but also wholesome.
All our modernized formulas, aiming to manage/ heal complex symptoms of modern culture, have been designed by Dr. Dong W Shin who is the only U.S. educated physician ( MD at Northwestern ) fully trained in both internal medicine and pathology, as well as eastern herbs and acupuncture. As a pathologist, he had performed autopsies of diseased persons, and examined many slides of abnormal cells under the microscope. He has expert understandings of the pathology of diseases from the biomedical framework.
However, as an internist, he became aware of relative ineffectiveness of some western drugs in treating some acute and chronic, recurrent symptoms. After rigorous study and experiences of herbal formulas with patients, He has come up with the formulas of his own effective for common clinical symptoms.
Graduated Brown University, Magna cum laude, B.A. in biology
M.D. at Northwestern University
Finished Residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Cedars Sinai Medical center in L.A.
Finished Residency in internal medicine at White Memorial medical center in L.A.
Finished Oriental medicine degree at Samra oriental university in L.A.
In practice of Integrative Medicine in internal medicine and herbal medicine since 1995. Patient visits over 110,000.
*These formulas have been developed out of years of clinical experiences with patients in the internist's medical clinic practicing herbal medicine.
*Herbal formulas are often much superior to conventional biomedicine or single herb extracts, especially in managing or curing chronic symptoms. Nevertheless, all natural herbal remedies are more healing with the personal efforts to follow improved diets, exercises, habits, and mental approaches to life.
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