Zhang Zhongjing: The Medical Sage

張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing: The Medical Sage

During the Eastern Han dynasty between about 150 and 219 AD lived a famous Chinese Herbologist and Physician named 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing. This legendary man is considered to be one of the finest physicians in history and his written works are considered to be canons.

Even as a young boy, 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing was interested in medical science. After vigorously studying and practicing the healing arts for many years, 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing became an outstanding medical professional with high prestige.

Medical Diagnosis

One of his incredible strengths was the art of medical diagnosis. 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing once met a scholar who he concluded was ill by simply observing the young man’s complexion. He advised the young scholar to seek medical assistance and suggested that he took a specific decoction. Both recommendations were ignored by the young man.

張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing warned the man that if he did not act right away, his eyebrows and beard would fall out when he turned forty years old, and he would die soon after that. Upon their next meeting 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing asked the young man whether he had followed his advice? The young scholar replied, “yes”. The doctor could see in the young man’s complexion that he had not done what was prescribed to him.

“Why do you neglect your own health?!” – Dr. Zhongjing pleaded. The words still had no effect on the young scholar.
Just like 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing warned, the scholar’s eyebrows and beard began to fall out when he turned forty years old and he died six months later.

Febrile Disease & The Shang Han Za Bing Lun

Another prominent achievement attributed to 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing is the recognition and treatment of infectious diseases, specifically febrile disease.

In the last years of the Eastern Han Dynasty, a widespread epidemic claimed many lives, most of which were lost to febrile disease. As a result, 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing closely studied the origins and progression of the disease and worked to identify treatment protocols and herbal prescriptions. All of this extensive research lead to the creation of his most monumental work called Shang Han Za Bing Lun (On Cold Damage and Miscellaneous Diseases).

The publication contains over 269 prescriptions. Nearly 25% of the herbal formulas created by 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing almost two thousand years ago are still taught in herbology courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine schools worldwide today and many are used in everyday clinical practice.

Did you know?

餃子 Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings) are believed to have been invented by Zhang Zhongjing in the Han Dynasty.  He would hide the herbal medicine in food!   Po from Kung Fu Panda would have been a very healthy and astute student of Zhang Zhongjing 😉. 

Schmoove™: Nutrition for the Skin™

Schmoove™: Nutrition for the Skin™

In the late spring of 1998 “Dr. Kamal”, as his patients affectionately referred to him as, released an external herbaceutical that would provide relief and treat burns for his oncology patients who were undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. His clients started to notice that their skin felt and looked better than ever before. In fact, the name for this formula came from a patient’s description of the way it made her skin feel…smooth…Schmoove™!

He soon realized that the formula he developed did much more.

How Does Schmoove™ Work?

Schmoove™ is an all-natural vegan, cruelty free, paraben-free, phtahalate-free, silicone-free, parent and kid loving product with no synthetics. It is NUTRITION FOR THE SKIN and alleviates all types of skin conditions, no matter the cause.

It works to promote proper skin function by providing the skin with the ionic nutrition it needs. This quickly and effectively clears up skin problems and eliminates the burning or itching that goes along with these conditions.

When Should I Use Schmoove™?

Schmoove™ is the perfect SUMMER time product to have on you ALWAYS for the entire family. Throw it in your purse or backpack, keep it in your pocket or drawer at work. Take it on vacations, and don’t forget it for daytime hikes and fun with the kids.


Have a bug bite?
How about a sunburn?
Skin irritation?
A burn?
What about a rash?
Dryness?
Breakouts?

Did you know?


Traditional Chinese medicine treatments for skin disorders have been in use since 1100 to 221 B.C. in China!

A Few Things to Remember...

Surround the Dragon! What does this mean?

If you have a lesion, cut, pimple, or rash – put Schmoove™ in a circle AROUND it – NOT on top. The healthy skin will assist the damaged skin in the healing process.

Always follow the suggested protocol on the back of the bottle, or refer to a practitioner trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine if you have severe acute skin disorders.

Drink plenty of distilled water. Schmoove™ is amazing, but never takes the place of being hydrated. How much water? 50-75% of your weight in ounces of water each day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Twenty-three years later and Schmoove™ is still a favorite amongst our customers. As we say here at Si Jin Bao:

"When in doubt, SCHMOOVE™ IT OUT!"

Ge Hong: The Ancestor of First Aid

葛洪 Ge Hong: The Ancestor of First Aid

葛洪 Ge Hong was a famous Daoist master, author, scholar, alchemist, and physician. Born in the Eastern Jin Period (317-420 AD), he is famously the first scholar to write about the practice of alchemy and is the father/ancestor of First Aid in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

葛洪 Ge Hong came from an aristocratic family in Jiangsu, and was the great grandson of the Three Kingdoms Period Daoist master 葛玄 Ge Xuan. As such he was commonly called Taiji Ge Xianweng, which translates as ‘Old Immortal Ge of the Utmost Extreme.’

As the youngest of three brothers, there was little chance for Ge to obtain official office. At thirteen years old his father died. This brought about great financial instability for his family. He began to sell firewood and work the fields to help support his family.

At the age of 16, 葛洪 Ge Hong began studying many of the Chinese Classics such as 孝經 XiaoJing and 詩經 ShiJing. His main interest was on how to obtain immortality through nourishing the body. He was commonly laughed at by friends and family for having such “outlandish” goals and dreams.

葛洪 Ge Hong became a student of Master 鄭隱 Zheng Yin, a master of alchemy for fifteen years. After a brief military appointment, he gave up worldly life to become a Daoist immortal in the South. He adhered to a strict diet and cultivated his character and tranquility under the tutelage of 鮑靚 Bao Jing.

葛洪 Ge Hong and Mt. Luofu

In 316 he moved back to the North and was recommended for several high offices, but ultimately refused to accept them. When 葛洪 Ge Hong heard about the cultivation of dansha 丹砂 (cinnabar) in Jiaozhi, now Northern Vietnam, he asked to be appointed to Magistrate of Guanxi, which he was ultimately given. He traveled to the South yet again and settled on top of 羅浮 Mt. Luofu where he studied herbs and alchemy.

Mount Luofu is considered to be the sacred treasure of Chinese medicinal herbs as it hosts some 3,000 varieties of plants.

After years of collecting and distinguishing herbs on the mountain, 葛洪 Ge Hong developed numerous herbal formulas and wrote them down in the Handbook of Prescriptions for Aid First. The pamphlet was so small that it could be carried in a sleeve of someone’s clothing. The work included symptoms and treatment protocols for more than seventy acute diseases.

In China there is a saying that references 葛洪 Ge Hong’s handbook:

“With this handbook at home, one needs no doctor.”

Chinese Quote on Ge Hong's Handbook Tweet

The Handbook of Prescriptions for Aid First is considered the first clinical First Aid book in the history of Chinese Medicine. And as for 葛洪 Ge Hong himself, many call him the Ancestor of First Aid.

葛洪 Ge Hong's Contribution to Humanity

As an author, 葛洪 Ge Hong wrote about Daoist theories that reflected on unity and meditations as well as books on alchemy. He also brought many ancient herbal formulas forward and described precise methods for extracting herbs. His famous book 抱朴子 Baopuzi, includes information on both pharmacology and medicine.

Daoists during this period of time were philosophers, physicians, and herbalists. They healed the masses and gave of themselves to obtain true immortality. 葛洪 Ge Hong wrote more than 60 books, many of which have since been lost.

“Where the Mystery is present, joy is infinite; where the Mystery has departed, efficacy is exhausted and the spirit disappears.”

Si Jin Bao brings Ancient Traditions Forward

Just like the treatment protocols developed by 葛洪 Ge Hong, Si Jin Bao products are also powerful and simple to take.

To help you understand how to use Si Jin Bao Herbaceuticals in your own home, our Chief Herbaceutical Engineer has developed a FREE Home Medic Course Series (Jia de Yisheng). Sign up below to gain access today!

“I’ve used Si Jin Bao for myself and my kids for as long as I can remember. The oldest is 21, then 15, then 9 year old twins and these are the ONLY therapies we keep in our home continuously. I used it for our oldest when he was younger and now our younger children are now familiar with what decoction is to be used with a particular symptom. As a conscious mother, wellness, balance, and healthy healing is a priority to me. Thank you for being that.”

5 Ways to Boost Your Zheng Qi

What is Zheng Qi?

What is Zheng Qi?  You may have seen it on our social media posts or from the label on our Immu-A-TEA bottles.  We talk about this subject frequently here at Si Jin Bao.   Zheng Qi means “upright” qi in Chinese.  It is the body’s ability to resist disease and exogenous pathogens. 

Consider Zheng Qi to be your personal body guard protecting your internal life force from any outside intruders around the clock.

The next question you might be asking yourself is: “Isn’t that what the immune system does?”

In Traditional Chinese Medicine it goes much deeper than just the immune system.  It is the ability to recover after damaging influences, and to maintain balance in order to return to a normal state.  It is adaptive, has a will to live, and survivability.  Some call it a protective power.  It is the body’s strength and resistance.

5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Zheng Qi

Clearly the next question is, “How do I boost my Zheng Qi?” 

There are many simple and effective ways!  Here are 5 just to get you started:

  1. SLEEP Sleep allows the body to rest, recharge, and repair.  Did you know that it also reduces stress and increases mood?
  2. EXERCISE  In Chinese Medicine exercise of the internal and external body is important.  In the West most people are not aware of the benefits of exercise for your internal organs.  Try Qigong or Dao Yin (like The Morning Workout Class from our friends over at OHO Seminars).
  3. SUNLIGHT & FRESH AIR  Time spent outside helps to reduce stress, mental fatigue, and dis-ease.  It cleans our lungs, increases oxygen absorption, balances our hormones, and the list goes on.  Not to mention it increases our Hormone D levels and decreases cortisol in the blood.  Be sure to take nice long deep breaths while you are outside.
  4. DRINK WATER  Water is vital for the everyday function of your body.  It is a solvent for chemical reactions, a transport material for nutrients and waste, allows for proper circulation, and regulates the body’s temperature amongst a whole host of things.  Carry water with you so that you do not become dehydrated.
  5. IMMUN-A-TEA™  Take the first 3 days of every month to boost your Zheng Qi, it’s that EASY.

Boost Your Zheng Qi with Immun-A-Tea™

Back in early 2019 we introduced the newest addition to our all-natural, alcohol free, kid-friendly, and vegan internal decoction line which has been helping families stay happy and healthy across the world for over two decades.

With well over 90,000 doses delivered, Immun-A-Tea™ is a great addition to your home wellness protocol.  Known for its tagline, ‘Boost your Zheng Qi,’ Immun-A-Tea™ promotes oxygen absorption, regulates respiration, promotes digestive function, regulates the immune system, regulates bowels and eliminates toxins.

Just like all of the Si Jin Bao products, Immun-A-Tea™ is kid tested and mom-approved.

“I just finished my coffee with Immun-A-TEA in it. I have not felt this alive in so long. I feel like crying I feel so much better”- WY

Interested in learning more about Immun-A-Tea™? Be sure to listen to our complimentary Halotherapy Webinar presented by the Chief Herbaceutical Engineer of Si Jin Bao here.

Until next time, stay healthy 健康!

China’s King of Medicine

孫思邈 Sun Simiao, China's King of Medicine

孫思邈 Sun Simiao was a famous Doctor and author who lived during the Sui and Tang dynasties.  He wrote two major works on medical practice and one on Daoist longevity prescriptions.  Born in 581 A.D., his contribution to Chinese Medicine was so significant that he was honored with the title “China’s King of Medicine.”

孫思邈 Sun Simiao grew up in the countryside of Jingzhao Huayuan, now Sunjiayuan in Shaanxi Province.  At the age of seven years old he began consuming as much information on the Chinese Classics as he could get his hands on.  By twenty years old he had mastered them. 

Growing up, 孫思邈 Sun Simiao was interested in the practice of medicine, and as a young adult he began with healing himself while also treating relatives and neighbors.  Word of his healing abilities and ethics spread throughout the land.  孫思邈 Sun Simiao considered himself a man of the people, and would treat anyone.  It is said that his father commanded that he treat patients as they were his own family, no matter social class or age.

“Whenever eminent physicians treat an illness, they must quiet the spirit and settle the will, they must be free of wants and desires, and they must first develop a heart full of great compassion and empathy. They must pledge to devote themselves completely to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings.”

— Sun Simiao, Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang I.2

Emperor Taizong of Tang & Empress Zhangsun

Emperor Taizong of Tang called upon one of his ministers to help with a serious issue.  His wife, the Empress Zhangsun, had been pregnant for over ten months, and still had not given birth to their baby.  The Imperial Physicians had no solution.  He asked for guidance from his trusted minister. 

Minister Xu Maogong looked at the melancholy Emperor and said, “I heard that there is a famous doctor named Sun Simiao among the people. He can cure intractable diseases. In my opinion, you should summon him to the palace to treat Her Majesty.”

孫思邈 Sun Simiao was immediately ordered to the Imperial Palace.  The Imperial Physicians were worried that if Sun Simiao cured the Empress, the Emperor would put him in a position of power which would threaten their status.

To prevent Sun Simiao from treating the Empress, they told the Emperor that he was of an inferior class, and as such could not get close to the Empress.  Sun Simiao quickly spoke up and said “I can Pulse Diagnosis with a String.悬丝诊脉.”

The Emperor agreed and a court maid gave Sun Simiao a long red string.  He held one end of the line, and had the court maid tie the other end to the Empress’ wrist.  Sitting outside of the window with only a string in his hand, Sun Simiao diagnosed the Empress’ condition. 

Sun Simiao reported back to the Emperor, “I only need to stick a needle on Her Majesty’s left hand, and she can give birth to the baby. After taking several decoctions, she will recover gradually.”

The Empress quickly gave birth to a healthy baby.  Emperor Taizong of Tang was so happy that he asked Sun Simiao to stay on and run the Palace Hospital.  Sun Simiao refused.  He did not serve the ruling class, nor did he pursue wealth or fame.

Emperor Taizong respected Sun Simiao, and allowed him to decline the post.

Sun Simiao went on to collect many methods used for processing, classifying, and storing herbs.  He advocated for prevention and stressed cultivating mental poise and balance.

What are Concentrated Decoctions?

Decoctions are derived from a unique process of extracting herbs to create a more potent and easily assimilated form. The net result is a liquid and/or cream that can be used topically or taken as a tea.
 
In China, OVER 80% of all herbs are processed by patients into decoctions. However, in the West many patients do not follow through with their herbal treatments due to the extensive amount of time and effort it takes to do so correctly.
 
Upon ‘Dr. Kamal’s’ return from China (see Our History for more!), he began developing his own line of Herbaceuticals. With a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine and experience gained from visiting China, he felt confident that a decoction process could be created to appeal to the American public. Being a practitioner himself for over twenty years, he knew exactly what patients were looking for: a fast-acting, effortless, and tasteful way to take traditional herbs. After much research and trial he achieved his goal of bringing Chinese decoctions to the Western People.
 
While the decoctions tasted better than ever, new complaints arrived about the large amount that had to be consumed in order to be effective. This led to the development of Concentrated Decoctions. At a concentration ration initially of 16:1, he was able to make potent herbs in smaller dosages.  That was twenty years ago, and now people from around the globe enjoy an even more concentrated version of those same formulas.  The ease of very diminutive doses and the vigor and vitality of premium powerful formulas is what makes Si Jin Bao and our Concentrated Decoctions unique.
 
‘Dr. Kamal’ also developed a line of topical creams over two decades ago that have proven to be very successful.  Revive was created to alleviate any type of Bi syndrome through invigorating Qi.  Schmoove was formed to treat burns for oncology patients who were undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, and in the process, was found to eliminate skin conditions.  Lastly, Wonderful was formulated to fight the effects of aging.
 
Here at Si Jin Bao we continue to create Concentrated Decoctions and concentrated creams that rejuvenate and invigorate people globally.  As the founder, ‘Dr. Kamal’s’ vision is to provide fast acting and effective herbs as a means to serve all people.  His inspiration and love of traditional Chinese medicine has created a product line that is effective and powerful.
 
At Si Jin Bao, we do all of the work so that you don’t have to!
 

Did you know?

All of our herbs are tested in two independent laboratories to ensure purity of the raw materials before they are processed in our own facility. We only use the highest-quality of herbs to create our formulas and are committed to staying on the cutting edge of the Herbaceutical industry.

Our History

Steeped in Tradition

For over two decades Si Jin Bao has been dedicated to providing premium Chinese Herbaceuticals to homes and practices all across the globe.

Our story begins with founder and Chief Herbaceutical Engineer Kamal Polite, A.P. DOM, or ‘Dr. Kamal’ as his patients called him.  At the beginning of his career as an Acupuncture Physician, he endeavored to demonstrate to his patients how the body can build its own Zheng Qi to balance and maintain harmony.

As part of his school’s curriculum, he worked in a Primary Care Hospital in China.  This helped enlighten him to the incredible restorative power of herbal medicine.  In China, over 80% of all herbal prescriptions are prepared by an herbalist and then processed at home by patients into decoctions. Traditionally this cooking method takes 2-3 hours, with a variety of instructions for the desired effect.

‘Dr. Kamal’ believed that the American public could benefit greatly, however, they were hardly receptive.  From an American perspective, becoming a lay-herbalist was not convenient and took too much time.  Seeing this challenge as an opportunity, he set out to create a line of products that could bring the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine to the fast paced Western lifestyle.

Twenty years later our Concentrated Decoctions™ are still inspired by our founder’s passion and love of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Our products are fast-acting, effortless, tasteful, and provide the ease of small doses along with the vigor and vitality of powerful formulas.  All of our internal decoctions are Vegan, kid tested, mom-approved, and alcohol free.

We do all of the work so that you don’t have to!

Our Vision

Si Jin Bao is a revolutionary herbaceutical company focused on combining Ancient Asian Traditions with Modern Technology.

Here at Si Jin Bao we provide herbal formulas that integrate ancient knowledge with modern distribution practices.  In doing such we have provided practitioners with the tools necessary to achieve powerful results for patients in a modern environment. 

Our team of herbal experts has worked together for many years to build a storehouse of herbal knowledge.  We are constantly researching Ancient Wisdom to develop new herbal formulas that can manage problems and conditions common today.

A Tale of Two Physicians

Thousands of years ago during the 戰國時代 Warring States Period (475-221 BC), a young man named 秦越人Qin Yueren lived in the land of 秦 Qin, now known as China.
 
One day a guest at the inn in which 秦越人 Qin Yueren worked fell gravely ill. 秦 Qin ran to find a physician who was also staying at the inn to ask for help. After the doctor examined the sick guest, he prescribed a simple herbal formula. The guest recovered and the interaction changed the entire scope of young 秦 Qin’s life.
 
He became an apprentice to the physician, and closely watched how the old master treated his patients. At night he would write down everything he had seen, as well as his own observations.
 
When 秦越人Qin Yueren eventually became a physician himself, because of his dedication and acquired skill set he quickly earned him the name ‘扁䳍 Bian Que’, the highest honor for a doctor in ancient times.
 
Our founder and Chief Herbaceutical Engineer Kamal Polite, A.P., DOM for over two decades has endeavered to continue the legacy of 扁䳍 Bian Que by providing premium Chinese Herbaceuticals across the globe.  Here at Si Jin Bao we focus on combining Ancient Asian Traditions with Modern Technology, bringing forward the dedication and skill that earned Bian Que his name.

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屠蘇酒 Tusu Wine & The New Year

Over two-thousand years ago during the 漢朝 Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD), the Typhoid plague spread rampantly.  There was widespread starvation and grief.  曹植 Cao Zhi, a poet at the time, said the following:

“Every family is pained with a corpse, every room has anguished cries.”

It is said that on New Year’s Eve, a physician told his neighbors to dip a bag of herbs he had gathered into a well.  On the first day of the Chinese New Year, the water was taken out of the well and mixed with Rice Wine.  The entire village was then to face towards the East and drink it for three days.  They all then became immune to the plague.

The prescription for this wine, called 屠蘇酒 Tusu Wine, contains several Traditional Chinese Medicine ingredients and can be found in the Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies by 葛洪Ge Hong.  Each New Year to this day is celebrated by drinking 屠蘇酒 Tusu Wine.

The custom of drinking 屠蘇酒 Tusu Wine represents each family’s sorrow and joy, as well as a wish for longevity.  It also encompasses the Ancient Chinese concept of “curing the disease before it occurs.”

At 四金宝Si Jin Bao, where we use Ancient wisdom fused with modern technology, the philosophy is the same.  PREVENTION is the key to SUCCESS in any generation. 

May you have a Happy New Year! 恭喜發財 Gong Xi Fa Cai!