Robert Keller

One Disease, Many Formulas: Why Programs and Protocols Don't Fit Chinese Medicine

One Disease, Many Formulas: Why Programs and Protocols Don’t Fit Chinese Medicine

By Robert Keller | December 6, 2023
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Yesterday, a woman called my office and asked me to tell her about “my program” for a particular problem. This is a common and understandable question in a time when “evidence based medicine” is prevalent, and people expect there to be a proven, standardized approach for their symptoms or illness. While this approach has value […]

Why You shouldn't add Honey to Chinese Herbal Tea

Why You Shouldn’t Add Honey to Chinese Herbal Tea

By Robert Keller | November 13, 2023
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Decoctions (tang) are one of the primary methods of administering Chinese herbal medicine. Making a decoction involves boiling herbal ingredients together until a strong medicinal liquid is created. In modern times, another method of making a decoction is to use herbs that have been previously decocted (boiled) and formed into dried, concentrated extract granules. These […]

Blue Fish Chinese Herbal Formula to Balance the Kidneys

Blue Fish – Chinese Herbal Formula for Balancing the Kidneys

By Robert Keller | November 8, 2023
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To balance the organ systems at the changes of season, I have developed a series of herbal formulas to administer to my patients. During the seasonal node of Winter Begins, I am recommending to patients that they utilize the formula for winter / water-element / Kidneys which I call Blue Fish. One bottle will last […]

The Kidneys Govern Life Cycles

The Kidneys Govern Life Cycles

By Robert Keller | November 8, 2023
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Chinese medicine describes 12 primary organs and bowels, that form the basis of our physiology. Each solid organ (zang) is paired with an associated hollow bowel (fu), and these are categorized according to elemental quality. The Kidneys and Bladder are part of the Water element in Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine describes the functions of each […]

The Secret Inner Channel of the Heart

By Robert Keller | May 21, 2023
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In acupuncture, there are 12 regular meridians; these, along with the 2 extraordinary channels known as the governing and conception vessels, are the ones most commonly depicted on acupuncture charts and models. There are, however, 73 channels in total, and include the cutaneous, musculo-skeletal, divergent, extraordinary, transverse luo, longitudinal luo, and internal channels. I will […]

dreams and dao

Dreams and Dao in Chinese Medicine

By Robert Keller | May 21, 2023
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To act in accord with one’s nature is called the Dao. –Psychology and Self-Cultivation in Early Taoistic Thought, by Harold Roth The highest level of healing in Chinese medicine is to make contact and act in accord with one’s nature. This article discusses the role of dreams and dream therapy in this endeavor. In my […]