Medicine for tranquilizing mind

@Shaun

" This is why nearly all tranquilizing medicine in Chinese Medicine is either minerals, bones or shells (heavy substances). "

Can you list out or
explain what you
meant by " minerals " ?

Bones/teeth: 龙骨,龙齿

Shells: 牡蛎,珍珠母,(珍珠),紫贝齿

Minerals: 磁石,紫石英,朱砂,(生铁落)

These herbs are all seen to do this by bringing yang energy back down. There is a whole other category of "calming the spirit " (神) - as it is commonly translated that are nourishing (补), especially for heart and liver blood (according to Chinese Medicine theory). These are 酸枣仁,柏子仁,远志,灵芝.

I have found that even though one needs to be well practised, Buddhist meditation can certainly have the same effect if the issue at hand causing the agitation is not acute… maybe if you are a higher level the meditation can calm any agitation.

@Shaun

You are right those medicine
do helps to calm the mind .
But , normally Chinese physician
treat patients in whole not partly .
But , 朱砂 now a day is forbid to
sell as it has toxic and if use in large quantity is harmful to our life !

I am a Chinese Medicine physician. Sometimes you treat the whole and sometimes you treat the part, depending on circumstances, don’t fall for the fallacy that Chinese Medicine only treats the whole, this is simply not true.

朱砂 (mercury) is not forbidden in all countries, as with all Chinese herbs that 有毒, it’s how it is processed that matters. 朱砂 in low quantities is already dangerous, let alone in high dosages. But that doesn’t matter, what matters is answering the question that was asked above; 朱砂 was used for 1500 years as a traqualiser.

@Shaun

My mother having sleeping problem
for many years and perhaps you can
recommend some medicine for her?
Her heart beat also a
little bit lower . (+ - 60)

what would you recommend for acid reflux…

Hi James,
unfortunately as you can imagine as with anything it is always very complex and therefore one always needs to see the person for a thorough diagnosis.

In Chinese Medicine, sleep disorders are generally treated by first differentiating if it a problem with heart, kidney or spleen?

In the case of the spleen which means the person had digestive ailments, people use 温胆汤.

In the case of the heart, it is important to see is it 阳证 or 阴证? Yang zheng means red tongue or red tip of the tongue with irritability and person feels hot. In this case, there are two formulas considered 黄连阿胶汤or 栀子豆豉汤. In the second formula, they normally have a red tongue but feel cold.

If the tongue is pale and pulse is slow and the issue is with the heart we use 桂枝加龙骨牡蛎汤. But if the tongue is pale and there are issues such as forgetfulness, dizzy, inability to concentrate the ones uses 归脾汤.

The kidney formulas normally revolve around the lower back and some other herbs. Red tongue feeling hot at night is 六味地黄丸. Cold feet and pallor and one uses 肾气丸.

Sleep disorders can also be mental emotional by which 丹栀子逍遥散

As you can see it is very complex… and I would really need to see them to help…

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Hi Bhante,
Acid reflux is super common in clinic, from a Chinese Medicine perspective the most common causes are:

  1. Thinking too much (i.e. brain work; study, talking) after eating. In this case the area of the upper stomach below the sternum feels very blocked as though it’s stuck. You can use the skin of cumquat (must be nice ripe - i.e. orange. 3 - 4 peels per day). And one MUST not use the brain for a minimum of 40 mins after eating.

  2. Eating too much oily and or rich foods. In this case you will always feel bloated after eating and you will need to cut out all oil and rich foods. You can also eat the cumquat skin but you will need to add digestion stimulating spices like ginger and chili etc.

  3. Stress. If the acid reflux comes when there is stress or some form of an emotion, it is to do with the liver and there is a bitter/metallic taste in mouth, sometimes mild migraine headaches, disturbed sleep. In this case one needs to take rose (bud) tea.

  4. Overeating, too much food in one meal…

Once again to give a diagnosis I’d need to see you and there are other causes of reflux that can actually be structural issues etc. The 3 above are the most common though. Herbs always work much better than foods, but foods can work well too.

With Metta.

@Shaun

Hi, I have a prescription
for reflux from my friend ,
from an old Chinese physician.
can you take a look at it !

党参 18 g 法半夏 12 g
豆豉 18 g 厚朴 12 g
甘草 10 g 蒲公英 20 g
豆蔻 11 g 生扁豆 11 g

He recovered from more
than 10 years illness .
Before he was taking
western medicine .

This prescription is used for acid reflux caused by damp heat 湿热. If one has damp heat it is fine to take, if not, it should not be taken as it would only make it worse.

what are the symptoms of damp heat

The best is to ask @James2997 ‘exactly’ what his friend’s symptoms were, as each formula in Chinese Medicine is designed for the individual person.

The only ‘mind medicine’ is self-reflection and control that is recommended in meditation.

Tranquilizing will only suppress the symptoms and make things worse.

If a pill can solve the problem you would not need any of this.

I think you have missed the whole point of the Dhamma.

@Bhante_Darma

I don’t know where
you are staying , but
If you happen to be in Malaysia ,
I can recommend you to
a Chinese Physician .

On a non-bio-physiological level, symptoms of “damp-heat” may be expressed in terms of:

heat: craving, “burning” desire to acquire or experience; and

damp: accumulating, clinging to things, memories, etc. – often the most persistent, difficult to treat conditions.

“Damp-heat” is often translated as “inflammation”, and obviously, IMO, pertains to the current fad in Western bio-medicine (at least in the USA) to trace conditions to underlying inflammation. E.g. heart and vascular conditions, migraine headaches (a vascular condition), …

“Damp-heat” is often taught (in Western “TCM” education) as a compound condition, to be treated by clearing heat and removing damp. One teacher of mine, however, notes that the diagnosis and treatment should be more specific: the body reacts to dampness by generating heat, and reacts to heat using dampness; therefore, important to discern whether a particular damp-heat condition is at root dampness (compounded by physiological heat reaction), or at root heat (compounded by damp reaction).

(This from the teachings of a respected Taoist priest who specializes in teaching classical Chinese medicine.)

I think it is not that straightforward. It’s right that tranquilising will not solve these issues. A tablet cannot take everything away. However some people’s practice is not that advanced that they can control the mind’s issues with meditation alone. There were no mental health medicines as far I know during the Buddha’s time but even he went to see the doctor when his foot was injured by Devadatta, without performing a iddi pratihariya to cure himself. Problem like anxiety (fear) and depression (dukkha) can go on until non-returner (anagamin) or full enlightenment (arahanth) level as those defilements are only removed then. Some problems like psychosis may not be cured at all by meditation and actually made worse- unless they take medications for it. So if such conditions are giving rise to defilements then having medication (or anything else for that matter) that helps ameliorate or cease the condition will actually be wholesome-kusala.

Having said that meditation can help depression, anxiety etc to some degree, though they may not ‘cure’ it completely, right away.

with metta

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@Bhante_Darma

Reflux could be due to lack of Yin
or Yin deficiency or Yang excess
in the stomach causing
“stomach fire”
where excessive heat flows
into the stomach.
(the Yin aspect of the body
includes the fluids, the Blood,
what’s known as the Essence, ) -
this is according to a
Chinese Physician .

And the causes for this
reflux heat could be
irregular eating habits and diet:
eating late at night, skipping meals, eating in too much
of a hurry
and eating while under stress,
going back to a stressful job
too quickly after
having just eaten,
(overeating also add to this list), etc.
(for monks this
could be difficulty
with adjusting to the lifestyle of
monk hood which is not taking
food after the mid afternoon ) .

Reflux , usually also occurs
over-consuming raw, spicy,
ice-cold food or drinks etc .
An emotional cause, such as
stress, anger, depression
which affects the liver and
in turn deregulates the stomach
and spleen functions.

Dampness comes from
a failure to burn off or
transform moisture in the body.
It’s always associated with a weak Spleen, often with
a weak Kidney
and sometimes a weak Lung –

In Damp-Heat, Dampness is the predominant pathogenic factor:
it is the Dampness that is hot,
not the Heat that is damp. …
This means that, in the treatment of Damp-Heat, we must concentrate on draining or resolving Dampness
rather than on clearing Heat.
In which wetness , moisture ,
humidity is affecting mostly .

With Metta