Eye Brite

Eye Brite

They didn’t have computers way back when but the Chinese knew all about tired eyes, reading scrolls by candlelight and all. This is a pretty special set of herbs that “benefit the eyes”. This formula is for over use of the eyes causing dryness. It won’t necessarily make your eyesight better in terms of 20/20 vision or for particular eye diseases. The lead herb in this formula is the famous Gou Qi Zi (Gou Ji berries).


Gou Qi Zi 枸杞子 lycium fruit, Chinese wolfberry, matrimony vine fruit, goji berry Lycii Fructus [use caution if pregnant]

  • This herb directly targets the health of the eyes. This herb is mostly beneficial for the inside of the eye, meaning the retina, vision functions, and floaters.
Mu Dan Pi 牡丹皮 moutan root bark, tree peony root bark Cortex Moutan Radicis

  • Mu Dan Pi addresses a particular set of symptoms that often arise from this lack of body fluids. In particular, it cools the (Chinese concept of the) Liver to support bloodshot-free eyes.

Ju Hua 菊花 chrysanthemum flower Flos Chrysanthemi Morifolii

  • This is the other herb that directly benefits the eyes in this formula for vision and floaters. This herb is served as a refreshing and delicious tea in many Chinese restaurants. This is the pale yellow tea that is commonly served with your food as it is thought to better “cool the liver” which is one of the goals. Added to this formula, it keeps the whites of the eyes clear when they’re red due to frustration, overwork, or allergies.

Sang Ye Folium Mori Albae

  • Sang Ye is a light herb that gently clears heat from the eyes.

Note that this formula is a modification of Qi Ju Di Huang Wan which is for eye issues along with other “yin deficient” signs such as night sweating and anxiety (especially at night).


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Chun Ze Tang Spring Pond Decoction

春澤湯  Chun Ze Tang “Spring Pond Decoction”

English Name

  • Spring Pond Decoction


  • 桂枝 Gui Zhi cinnamon twig
  • 柴胡 Chai Hu bupleurum
  • 茯苓 Fu Ling poria
  • 豬苓 Zhu Ling polyporus
  • 澤瀉 Ze Xie alisma rhizome
  • 人蔘 Ren Shen ginseng root
  • 白术 Bai Zhu atractylodes
  • 麥門冬 Mai Men Dong ophiopogon

This formula treats the accumulation of water.

This formula is attributed to the famous Sun Si Miao and is recorded in the Secret Text of Extraordinarily Effective Beneficial Formulas From Across the Seas. Nice title for a book, don’t you think?!

Sun Si Miao is one the “great, great etc… grandads of Chinese Medicine and died around 680 AD. There is a quote attributed to him that goes somewhat like thisA Great doctor  shouldn’t pay attention to status, wealth or age of the patient. He shouldn’t care whether the particular person is attractive or unattractive, an enemy or friend, a Chinese or a foreigner, or finally, if he is uneducated or educated. He should meet everyone on an equal basis. He should always act as if the patient were one of his close relatives.”

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Kampo and Eagleherbs

Eagleherbs.com thinks of itself as Chinese Medicinal Herbs. Yet much of the inspiration for our business and treating models is Kampo, what the Japanese call their herbal medicine.


Japanese and Chinese physicians (like all good doctors) will pay particular attention to the chief complaints, affect of the patient and other signs and symptoms. For all Asian medicines, the tongue and pulses are usually examined. With these and other diagnostic tools, a determination of the disease will be made.

In Kampo, the signs and symptoms, along with the disease determine the formula. The disease usually follows the complaint, which the patient will tell you by their symptoms. After the disease is determined then we can refine them according to a further look at the symptoms. These follow some principles of Chinese medicine like hot or cold, interior or exterior, in other words: yin or yang. That’s why we have the hot or not page.
However, in the Chinese modern method particular importance is given to the Zhengduan (診斷 zhěnduàn- pronounced more or less like jun dwan) or a diagnostic pattern. This is unique to Chinese Medicine and must be determined by a highly trained clinical doctor. Because this diagnosis is so particular it would make little sense for us to sell herbs directly to consumers based on “Spleen Qi deficiency” or “wood over-acting on earth” (to name a few common patterns).
For that reason, we have devised an on-line model that seems to work well for many people who have ordered from us.


The Japanese first incorporated Chinese Medicine way way back when.


From Wiki: Kampō medicine (漢方医学 Kanpō igaku?), alternatively shortened as just Kanpō (漢方?), is the study and further development of Chinese Herbal Medicine in Japan. The fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) came to Japan between the 7th and 9th centuries.[1] Since then, the Japanese have created their own unique system of diagnosis and therapy. Japanese traditional medicine uses most of the Chinese therapies including acupuncture and moxibustion, but Kampō in its present-day sense is primarily concerned with the study of herbs.

Recently, the Japanese realized that they could integrate Kampo medicine into their health system and they did. However, only MD’s can now prescribe herbs and traditional herbalists have been left out. A shame, I believe.
This is from the Journal of International Medical Research written by F Yu, T Takahashi, J Moriya, K Kawaura, J Yamakawa, K Kusaka, et al
After World War II Kampo medicine, ushered in a new age in Japan. In 1967, the health insurance authorities began reimbursement for four Kampo drug formulae prescribed by doctors. Reimbursement was available for 147 formulae in 1987 and about 400 formulae in 2000. Thereafter, Kampo spread steadily and rapidly.


Here is rather long article concerning the complexities of evaluating Kampo (and all Chinese medicine in the modern age).Evidence-based Reconstruction of Kampo Medicine: Part-III—How Should Kampo be Evaluated?
Katsutoshi TerasawaKampo agents, being herbal preparations, cannot only be regarded as ‘drugs’, but can also be seen as special ‘foods’, as exemplified by the famous Kampo slogan, ‘Foods and drugs, from the same origin’.

some favorite modifications to calm the shen

Some favorite modifications

Modifications for Mental Focus:

Yuan Zhi 遠志 Chinese senega root; polygala Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae [use caution if pregnant]

Shi Chang Pu 石菖蒲 sweetflag rhizome; acorus Rhizoma Acori Graminei

Yuan zhi and shi chang pu are used in many formulas that for its head-clearing effects. These two herbs are used in Eagle Herbs’ ANX formula.


Modification for Insomnia:

Suan zao ren and ye jiao teng don’t make you drowsy, but they restore your calm you so a timely and appropriate desire to sleep can naturally arise. Suan zao ren has a tasty nutty flavor that goes well with the coffee lover’s tastes. Ye jiao teng tastes like Dang Gui, so you probably won’t notice that taste either way.

Suan Zao Ren 酸棗仁 sour jujube seed; zizyphus Semen Zizyphi Spinosae [use caution if pregnant]

Ye Jiao Teng 夜交藤 corydalis rhizome Caulis Polygoni Multiflori


Modification for anxiety and sweating:

Long Gu (Dragon Bone) and Mu Li (oyster shell) are both heavy substances (minerals, essentially) that are said to anchor the spirit to address jitters, shakes, anxiety or sweating. These two herbs actually help calm jitters and shakes too, best teamed up with Gou Teng mentioned below.

Long Gu 龍骨 dragon bone; fossilized vertebrae Os Draconis

Mu Li 牡蠣 oyster shell Concha Ostreae


Modification for Palpitations:

Sometimes the energetic heat in coffee can get your heart racing, in the same way that very spicy peppers might. Dan shen cools the heat that’s causing a rapid heartbeat or palpitations due to drinking too much or too strong coffee. This herb is actually used quite often in medical applications that support the normal functions of the heart.

Dan Shen 丹蔘 salvia root Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae, Salviae miltiorrhizae Radix [caution]


Modification for tics, tremors, shakes

Gou teng is the gou-to herb for internal wind. Internal wind looks like an over-stimulated nervous system in that it causes body parts to tremble, like wind passing through the leaves of a tree. Gou teng calms tremors, chills the shakes, and sedates the tics that arise from excessive coffee consumption.

Gou Teng 芶藤 stems of gambir vine; gambir, uncaria vine Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis


Modification to Prevent Indigestion:

As was mentioned above, because of the rich nourishing qualities of a base formula, some elder zhong yi suggest adding a few herbs to this formula to prevent indigestion, bloating, or gas in those who can’t tolerate heavy broths, creams, or tastes.

These three herbs are known to American Chinese medicine students as The Three Candies. They’re sweet, delicious, and help stimulate the digestion so as to make this formula more satisfying in those with sensitive stomachs.

Da Zao 大棗 jujube, Chinese date Jujubae Fructus

Sheng Jiang 生薑 fresh ginger rhizome Zingiberis Rhizoma

Gan Cao 甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae [caution]

Mu Xiang is a standard herb to use when the other herbs such as Ginseng- Ren Shen may be too heavy to digest.

Cyperus and Peony Formula (Shu Gan Wan)

Details of Spread the Liver Formula
Chai hu bupleurum is the key root in this formula that regulates intestinal movement.

There are many forms and variations of “Shu Gan Wan” such as “Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan”. Chai hu bupleurum is the key root to all of them.

Cyperus and Peony (Shu Gan Wan) is my “go-to” formula stress-induced digestive problems especially when there is pain. You know, when you have a big test or you have to visit unpleasant relatives and your stomach mysteriously starts hurting.

The (Chinese) Liver is very sensitive to emotions and when the Liver doesn’t move that free flowing “qi/energy” it can attack the (Chinese) Spleen and Stomach system and can cause pain there. This can happen even when you aren’t conscious of anger or being upset. Only that you aren’t happy or facing unpleasant things.

So you can remember when you have had stress and/or bloating that may lead to pain.”Stress-induced” can also mean “hormonal” or PMS, anything coincidental with the time just before or during a woman’s period.

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Huang Lian Shang Qing Pian

Details of Huang Lian Shang Qing Pian

Huang Lian Shang Qing Pian works to clear heat and wind in the Yang Ming Channel. This can manifest as pain in the face, specifically the teeth. This is a very, very draining formula and a person can take it for a few days and it seems to help. Anyone with a toothache should see their dentist obviously but this formula may help in the short term. The main herb – Huang Lian (Coptis) should not be used for more than 5 days or so.
The draining means it moves heat downward and overuse may cause loose stools or diarrhea, so be aware.


  • Huang Lian- Rhizoma Coptidis Recens
  • Zhi Zi- Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis
  • Lian Qiao – Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae
  • Man Jing Zi – Fructus Viticis
  • Fang Feng -Radix Saposhnikoviae Divaricatae
  • Jing Jie – Herba Schizonepetae Tenuifoliae
  • Bai Zhi – Radix Angelicae Dahuricae
  • Huang Qin – Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
  • Ju Hua – Flos Chrysanthemi Morifolii
  • Bo He – Herba Menthae Haplocalycis
  • Da Huang – Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei
  • Huang Bo/Bai – Cortex Phellodendri Chinensis
  • Jie Geng – Radix Platycodi Grandiflori
  • Chuan Xiong – Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
  • Shi Gao – Gypsum Fibrosum
  • Xuan Fu Hua – Flos Inulae
  • Gan Cao – Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
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