Cara Discusses How to Safely Give Herbs to Children with Robin Ray Green
Wondering if herbal medicine is safe for your child? Or how to dose herbs to be most effective? What about herb safety if you’re nursing? In today’s FB Video Interview I’m chatting with master herbalist, acupuncturist, and author Cara Frank of China Herb Company we’ll get to the heart of these questions! Learn more about Robin’s work and stay up to date with lots of great advice to keep your kids happy and healthy with her on Facebook live
Cara Frank, Dipl. OM, L.OM, Founder, Six Fishes Chinese Medicine
Grow Cook Heal Podcast
Cara's featured in episode 12 of The Grow Cook Heal Podcast. We make a 5 element salad. I hope you enjoy it!
Cara was interviewed by Sheryl Hongsermeier on her show Sticking to the Point on Radio America. This interview explores the art and practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Topics covered were the differences in using Western herbs and Chinese herbal preparations and examining the many uses and methods of dispensing herbal medicine. This is from November 19, 2013
Everyday Acupuncture Podcast
What every sinus sufferer should know: Sinus issues are something that everyone at some point in time will deal with. It might be the constant drippy nose and sneezing of allergy season. The occasional winter bug making the rounds. Or a long term predisposition to sinus infections, sinus headaches or the various mold and pollen allergies. Our guest on today’s show, Cara Frank, has decades of experience treating sinus issues with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Listen in for effective clinically proven herbal solutions, and some simple things you can do to knock the snot out of your congested sinuses!
Pin Point Performance Podcast, part 1
Cara’s Start (2:26) 1988 Cara “Gets Busted” Practicing Underground (10:10) Studying Herbs in China (11:20) Restarting in the States (11:56) China Herb Company (1991-present) (12:52) Six Fishes Chinese Medicine (14:57) Regulations for Herb Company (15:17) Custom Formulas/Transparency (16:47) Chinese Sports Medicine (Herbal Formulas) (18:23) Icing: Undermining the Healing Process? (19:54) Topical “Herbal Ice” (22:10) Acute Sports Injury Herbal Treatment Strategies (25:39) Phase 1: Acute Injury (27:14) Phase 2: Sub-Acute Injury (31:57) Topical Herbal Remedies (38:54) Internal Herbal Remedies (43:18) Phase 3: Chronic Sports Injuries (46:00) Phase 3 Herbal Remedies (48:28) Chad Summary of pt. 1(54:01)
Pin Point Performance Podcast, part 2
Chad Intro (0:33) Chronic Sports Injuries Continued (1:20) Treatment Planning/Supporting Constitution For Athletes (7:54) Overexercising (Depleting Yin and Yang) (11:14) Treating Allergies and Colds During Training (16:44) Case Study Sports Injury: DeQuervain’s Syndrome/Upper Crossed Syndrome (25:29) Pre/Post-Surgery Herbs (38:03) Post-Surgery Acupuncture (41:44) The Dangers of Smoothies (42:50) Cara’s Words of Wisdom for Starting a Business (45:31) The Importance of Specialization (47:05) Cara’s Plugs (50:10) Closing (54:08) Alex Outro (54:31)
WHYY The Pulse: Why heat is central to health in traditional Chinese medicine
For Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist Cara Frank, treating patients boils down to one thing: patterns. "We have a saying in Chinese medicine and it's really important," she says. "One disease can have many causes, and one pattern can cause many diseases." Right now, the pattern she's trying to unravel has to do with the tortured gut of a new patient – 32-year-old Sarah (not her real name), who, for the past few years, has been suffering from debilitating GI problems that include chronic nausea and diarrhea. "My life has stopped," Sarah says, fingering a string of wooden beads around her wrist. "I can't go on vacation; I know every bathroom on the road. I'm going nuts." After several rounds of antibiotics, and visits to more than a dozen doctors, Sarah has landed at Frank's Philadelphia office, seeking an alternative solution. "I've gotten to a point where I'm really frustrated. It's not normal to have 10, 12,15 bowel movements a day," she says. "And the fact that every doctor is telling me, it's just IBS, you have to deal with it, here's another pill – I can't do it anymore." Frank asks Sarah about her medical and personal history, probes her eating and sleeping habits, and asks about her symptoms. And then she zeroes in on more specific territory – does Sarah sweat at night? Is there mucus in her stool? Does she often feel hot or cold? Frank, it turns out, has a culprit in mind – internal heat. "There's layered patterns in there," Frank says afterwards, as she ticks off Sarah's symptoms – anxiety, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain. "And there's definitely one where there's heat." Internal heat is a central concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, the millennia-old practice on which Frank's work is based. While TCM is classified as alternative medicine in the West – where it's become famous for treatments like acupuncture, cupping and herbal supplements – it occupies a prominent position in contemporary Chinese notions of wellness. Many of those notions are grounded in a central idea of balance, or harmony, which can be maintained through diet, exercise and general self-care. That balance can be thrown off, however, by what are known as the Six Excesses – cold, heat, dampness, dryness, summer heat and wind. Of those six, heat and cold are arguably the most important, as evidenced by their starring roles in that much-corrupted symbol of Chinese harmony: the yin-yang. "To understand internal heat, you have to understand yin and yang," Frank says. "Everybody knows what that symbol is. But very few people really have a deep understanding of what it represents." Cold, she says, is associated with yin, which translates to "shade," and is represented by the black half of the circle. Heat, meanwhile, is associated with yang, which translates to "sunny." "Yang – the part of us that is warm and dynamic – comes in from the heavens and scoops down and creates this warmth in our body and the bottom," she says. "This is like our furnace. Then yin from the earth – food – is transformed into energy. And that keeps us alive." According to TCM texts, both are necessary for health, but can become harmful in excess, leading to conditions ranging from the common cold to arthritis. It's by tracing each patient's unique constellation of symptoms that practitioners are able to make a diagnosis – or to put it in TCM terms, identify the pattern behind myriad ailments. Sarah is a case in point. Her intake has revealed some serious issues. She had her gallbladder and appendix removed at 25, and was recently treated for a case of Clostridium difficile, better known as C. diff – a painful, potentially deadly bacterial infection that attacks the intestines. Frank takes Sarah's pulse, and examines her tongue, both common diagnostics in TCM. And then she confirms her suspicion. "This tongue is a little too red, and it's got a really thick coating, and it's also very dry," she says. "So that tongue reflects a lot of heat." Damp heat, to be precise. After completing her examination, Frank retreats to brainstorm Sarah's treatment. She returns with a tailored mixture of herbs designed to clear heat, reduce inflammation, dry dampness and sooth both Sarah's anxiety and her GI problems. It's a radically different approach from Western medicine, which Frank says is more focused on treating individual symptoms, rather than looking at the whole picture. "I'm not against Western medicine in any way," she says. "I just think that it hits a wall and it doesn't have all the answers." In this case, she says, TCM may be able to help precisely because it's addressing Sarah's problems in the aggregate – as a unique pattern of symptoms that fit into the unique pattern of Sarah's life. "This is her experience of her life and it manifests in a particular way," Frank says. "And so I'm treating the person in this way, and that that's a very beautiful thing and it's very human."
I have been going to see Cara for years now. I had been going for a while when I found out my son had allergies. He was about 7 years old at the time. The pediatrician wanted to put him on a few different medications. I was not comfortable with having him take all of these everyday. I took him to see Cara and he went to a series of appointments with her till we found out what triggers his allergies. He liked going to see her and would always ask when he was going back to see her again. She was so great with him! He now takes a concentrate formula that Cara prescribed for him everyday. I can always tell if he does not take his medicine. It works perfectly for him.