Webinar Treatment of Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression and Panic Attack


Introduction of Professor Xu Shu

Professor Xu Shu 徐书教授 is a specially appointed TCM physician with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine at the Guo Yi Tang outpatient clinic, Beijing. He pioneered the Xu Shi Chinese Medicine Research Center in Wu Xi Jiangsu Province and he is renowned for the application of Jing Fang in the treatment of many prevalent and difficult-to-treat diseases.

He remarks that Jing Fang is tantamount to the dragon head while Shi Fang serves as the dragon tail. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience using Jing Fang. Professor Xu emphasizes the three essential elements of Chinese medicine incorporate the “Direction 道”; “Strategy 法” and “Method 术“in “Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching”. 

Professor Xu Shu is the author of Dedicated formula for treatment of specific disease 徐书专病特效方, Xu Shu’s Applications of Herbs Like a Warrior in Combat 徐书用药如用兵 and Professor Xu Shu’s Inspired Records of Shang Han Lun 徐书伤寒启新录 due to be published in October 2021.

Professor Xu draws any analogy of the applications of herbs is tantamount to the famous book on “The Art of war” featuring many frequently used herbs. For example Ren Dong Teng  according to “Ben Cao Gang Mu” is for heat clearing and relieving toxicity. However, the paired herbs of Ren Dong Teng, Hu Zhang and Tu Fu Ling together has an anti effect of steroid and can regulate the immune system. This can be used to treat Still disease, SLE with good effective outcome. There are many examples of paired herbs in his book to treat difficult-to-treat diseases.

Professor Xu emphasizes the importance of Pulse Diagnosis in particular the differentiation of yin and yang pulse.  He said that “Health hinges on the harmony of yin and hang; while disease emanates due to disharmony of yin and yang.”Apart from the pulse diagnosis his diagnostic approach is on the  core theory of six channels identification which is thetheory of qi transformation with the opening, closing and pivoting as the basic foundations and the yang qi is the driving force.

The secret of Professor Xu’s Application of Jing Fang:

  • Focus on the key symptoms to determine the disease
  • Focus on the pulse to determine the formula
  • Focus on the pathogenesis to determine the root and serve as a guide to determine the right path

For the Jing Fang practitioners, this is an opportunity for you to have an insight into Professor Xu Shu’s approach on Jing Fang and he would love to share with you many of his road-tested experiences on the treatment many diseases such as prostate hypertrophy, thrombocytopenia purpura, lung cancer, liver sclerosis with acites, fatty liver, chronic nephritis etc.

The contemporary TCM treatment approach is to harmonise the liver. For an excess pattern such as constrained liver qi, treatment involves using Si Ni San, Xiao Yao San; while for a deficiency pattern characterized by deficient gallbladder with constrained heat the use of Chai Qin Wen Dan Tang is indicated; while for disharmony of the stomach the suggested formulas include Bao He Wan, Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang and Ban Xia Shu Mi Tang with the dosage of Ban Xia being in the range of 30g to 60g and the dosage of Shu Mi being 30g. As for the simple deficiency pattern, the frequently used formulas are Gan Mai Da Zao Tang + Yuan Zhi and Bai He and Suan Zao Ren Tang for the liver blood deficiency pattern.

The clinical outcome is sometimes not effective, especially for serious insomnia patients presenting with patterns such as complex heat and cold coupled with phlegm turbidity and blood stasis. 

In accordance with the disease location, insomnia is intimately associated with the heart, kidney, liver and spleen zang. From the physiological perspective, the heart and kidney are intimately connected. The heart fire is yang while the kidney water is yin, the ascent of the kidney water is dependent on the descent of the heart fire, often termed as “communication of the heart fire and kidney water”.

Professor Xu Shu’s treatment of insomnia can be categorized into: (1) Shao Yang, Yang Ming and Tai Yin concurrent patterns; (2) Shao Yin Yin deficiency with upcast yang pattern; (3) Jue Yin complex heat and cold pattern. 

TCM Herbalists


€20,- discount for those who joined the introduction hour in 2021

Online webinar

Date and time: 18 and 19 March 2023 from 9am tot 12am (Amsterdam time)