HQ14 Raw herbs – False Friends


Why did Zhang Zhong Jing give Chi Shao to pregnant women? What happens if you use the wrong type of Chai Hu? How do you know if your Gui Zhi is any good?

Simon Feeney has been delving into the intricacies of Han Dynasty medicine according to the writings of Zhang Zhong Jing – and we discuss these topics and more in detail in this week’s episode.

Simon Feeney has a very deep relationship with Zhang Zhong Jing as the eternal mentor. What he has learned through his study of the Shang Han Lun and the Jing Gui Yao Lue is only enhanced by his passion for the preserving of history.

Simon’s clinic is Empirical Health and is based in Port Macquarie, in NSW Australia.

Simon has also established a herbal manufacturing business that makes herbal medicines according to the original recipes dictated by Zhang Zhong Jing – down to the most intimate herb selection and pao zhi instructions. Phi and I personally use his products and vouch for their amazingness! This is the facebook page for his business, and this is the practitioner discussion group for various topics regarding the manufacture and classical administration of herbs from the SHZBL.

You can also view some of Simon’s videos, where he discusses some of the intricacies of Zhang Zhong Jing’s formulas on his Youtube channel.

You can also listen to episode 13 with Simon Feeney where we discussed the Shang Han Lun and Jing Gui Yao Lue more broadly.