We have gotten a few emails about our granules. Sometimes people buy from other companies and the taste and texture of the granules are different. Making Granules is relatively new and many of the issues of them have yet to be worked out. Our main distributor is run by Eric Brand and his father, Charlie. Eric has written a book about using granules.
Basically herbs get processed in slightly different ways depending on the processor. Each herb needs a “binder” or some type of starch for the constituents of the herb essence to stick to. Some use potato, some soy, some the bulk of residue herbs as this binder. Sometimes the ratio is 5:1 and sometimes its up to 10:1. The smaller ratios can be more potent but also more susceptible to clumping over time. Some herbs also need a bigger ratio to be stable. So this is the short answer as to why there are different colors and textures to the granules.
Our distributers buy from a company called Treasure of the East which is a big company in China which ships to Taiwan and Japan which both have higher standards than the USA.
So as long as you buy from a reputable company – which is basically anything you can buy in the states from a well-known company on the internet- you don’t have to worry about impurities. The problem comes when you buy from an internet company based in China or go to the smaller shops in a Chinatown, USA. Sometimes their herbs may be “less than pure”. Impurities are a big issue in China and both that country and the western countries are cracking down heavily on bad practices.
Huang Lian Jie Du San (Coptis and Scute Combination) is one of the most commonly and strongest formulas for clearing “heat” from the body. It uses just four herbs: the “three Huangs” (Bai, Qin and Lian). Huang Lian is one of the nastiest tasting things in the world and I LOVE it! There is a Chinese saying that “My life is more bitter than Huang Lian”. The fourth herb, Zhi Zi helps drain the heat that the “huangs” have dislodged.
However, Huang Lian Jie Du San (Coptis and Scute Combination) is so bitter that it shouldn’t be used for too long. All that bitterness can dry out the stomach and otherwise damage it. I would say if you are unsupervised by someone a week on Huang Lian Jie Du San is enough. Not everything can be cured and if need be anti-biotics might be needed. Sorry to say but sometimes thats how it goes.
About yan hu suo/corydalis: Yan Hu Suo (pronounced yawn-who-so) granules may be used for pain including those caused after exercise. It doesn’t always take away all the pain but it can help a lot.
Eagleherbs doesn’t usually sell single herbs (we like formulas/ groups of herbs) but sometimes we find something that can be very effective when used correctly. Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis yanhusuo) is one such herb that is effective for pain. Apparently scientists at UC Irvine have found that the roots of Yan Hu Suo (which has been used for thousands of years for pain in China) contains a compound called dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB). Who knew!? They call this type of research Neuropharmacology. This research was done on rodents so animals were harmed, so be forewarned.
In traditional Chinese Medicine Yan Hu Suo/ Cordyalis is said to “invigorate blood”. Therefore, it is contraindicated for pregnancy and in modern times is cautioned for use with blood thinners such as warfarin/ coumadin. Dr. Daniel Hsu on the Dr. Oz show mentions that it shouldn’t be used for people with irregular heart beats. Not something I had heard but not bad advice. For everyone start with a small dosages at first while paying particular attention to avoid stomach upset.
Note that the FDA has not evaluated any claims on Eagleherbs.com.
You may notice that we often offer Yan Hu Suo as an add-on to existing formulas for pain. We do have other formulas that direct the corydalis more specifically to parts of the body. For more specific problems you can check out other pain formulas on Eagle Herbs including Shen Tong Zhu Yu Tang and Juan Bi Tang (shoulder), Zuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Wan (Lower Trunk) as well as xue fu zhu yu tang which targets the chest and shao fu zhu yu tang which targets the lower abdomen. Some of these contain Corydalis and some use other herbs in place. Often you can “add-on” corydalis.
100 grams should be about 10 days worth but your needs may vary. Be careful with all pain relievers that it doesn’t upset your stomach. Taking just after a meal is not a bad rule.
If you have been taking Corydalis and have some experiences to share please write us at email@example.com . I would love to hear how this works for you (or doesn’t). I wouldn’t publish anything that you write.
Black Friday is a strange American consumer ritual where stores offer big sales the day after Thanksgiving in late November. And Eagleherbs is a strange site. We would like to think we are a medical site yet we sell directly to the consumer by virtue of self diagnosis. We think that you guys can make reasonable choices when given the right information. If not then you can choose for some quick emails or pay for a full telephone consultation.
We don’t sell willy nilly to consumers just because we can make a buck. We care about your health and we want to make sure you get the best herbs for your needs. Therefore we don’t do Black Friday. If we can we offer deals and discounts when we can but our job is to get you better.
When the Chinese medicine practitioner talks about the “Liver” you can think of two biomedical systems that may apply. The first is hormonal (in the sense of female hormones). Many issues that we treat with Chinese herbal medicine are aggravated or induced on some monthly regularity. These usually track back to the Chinese “Liver” and are treated accordingly.
The other common translation for “Liver” is anything induced or aggravated by emotional stress. This is extremely common. Even the term “hypochondriac” can be applied to the Chinese Liver. “Hypo” means “below” and “chondria” means ribs. People with a stuffy pain below the ribs that is aggravated by emotional sensitivity or stress were often set aside as having psychological problems rather than medical problems. Chinese medicine doesn’t separate these two aspects of the person. OF COURSE the mind can generate physical problems, and physical problems can affect our emotions and spirit. Pain below the ribs is something of a key symptom associated with the Liver in Chinese medicine.
Hypochondriacs are welcome in Chinese medicine. :)
Okay, so I think we’ve lightly covered this “Liver” definition. Now, let’s explain how the Liver can generate these particular headache patterns.
In Chinese medicine there are these ancient sayings that are used to explain how and why problems arise in the body. Some of the ancient sayings that go into explaining the Liver based headaches include:
The Liver opens to the eyes.
Problems with vision or the eye are treated through the Liver. The Liver is connected to the eyes via the acupuncture channels, not the superficial ones that we can needle, but the deeper ones that connect internal organs to sensory organs such as the Liver and the eyes. So, pain behind the eyes are assumed to be some sort of stagnation of qi-energy or blood in the channel that connects to the back of the eyes. Also, the pre-migraine “scintillations” or aura falls into this Liver/Eye connection.
The Liver has an interior-exterior relationship with the Gallbladder.
Biomedicine recognizes that the liver produces bile which is then stored in the gallbladder. This is somewhat self-evident if you can open up the body and look. However, what is unique about Chinese medicine is the recognition that if the Liver gets over-stressed or the monthly cycle isn’t flowing well, the Liver can get hot. Because of the close relationship between the Liver and Gallbladder, there is an intimate relationship between the Liver and Gallbladder channels. So, when the Liver gets hot, this heat can rise up into the Gallbladder channel. The Gallbladder’s channel zig-zags on the side of the head. Pain occurring there is usually assumed to have some sort of relationship with the Gallbladder and by extension, the Liver.
The Liver’s climate is wind.
Wind comes from two places according to Chinese medicine. One is the exterior. This would be defined biomedically as the common cold, flu or seasonal allergies.
Interior wind causes with tics, tremors, and inappropriate jerky movements. Interior wind generally arises from the Liver. So again, any menstrual irregularity can cause wind, as well as emotional stress. Certainly we’ve all had the experience of facial tics when upset, or a shaky body when bluffing during a high-stakes game of poker.
When wind arises from the Liver, it can easily travel upward into the head via the Liver and/or Gallbladder channel. For this reason, stress that generates internal wind can clog up the channels that go through the head giving rise to one-sided headaches or headaches that favor the temples. Even ear-ringing can be tracked down to Liver wind, especially when aggravated by emotional stress.
So, to generate headaches, the Liver can get hot, it can produce wind, or it can also become hyperactive. Functionally speaking, the Liver is in charge of maintaining the free-flow of qi in the body. This is going to look like nervous system functions in biomedicine.
Looking through the eyes of Chinese medicine, the Liver sprays its qi-energy outward, much like the heart pumps blood only in one direction, but because the cardiovascular system is a closed loop, the blood always returns to the heart. Qi-energy is similar. The acupuncture channel system is, like the cardiovascular system a closed loop.
But the outward pushing function of the Liver can become excessive at times, again usually secondary to stress or the female’s monthly cycle. This leads to an excessive amount of qi-energy rising to the head where it becomes a pounding headache. The goal then is to relax the Liver and help the qi-energy to descend out of the head. While herbs are used to directly calm the Liver, heavy herbs such as bones and shells are used to help that qi-energy descend out of the head. This experience from the perspective of the patient is that they’ll feel headaches after getting angry or frustrated. “Rising qi” is in the Chinese language sometimes translated to “anger” in English.
Be well, be VERY well.
And this doesn’t include custom modifications!
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Those formulas in Bold are those that are either best sellers or those that we at Eagle Herbs are particularly fond of. Highlight and paste the formula in the handy search box in the upper right of this page. Yes, there it is! (Someday all of these will be linked. I promise.)
Acceptance (Herbs for Heartbreak)
Achy Breaky Stomach
Achyranthes and Plantago Formula (niu che shen qi wan)
Agastache Formula (Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San)
Anemarrhena, Phellodendron, and Rehmannia Formula
Angelica Pubescens and Sang-Ji-Sheng Decoction – Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang
Apricot Seed and Linum Formula (ma zi ren wan)
Areca Nine Herb Combination (jiu wei bing lang tang)
Astragalus and Atractylodes Combination (Qing Zhu Yi Qi Tang)
Astragalus and Siler Formula (Yu Ping Feng San)
Astragalus Combination (Huang Qi Jiang Zhong Tang)
Astragalus Decoction (Huang Qi Tang)
Atractylodes and Arisaema Combination (Er Zhu Tang)
Atractylodes and Dioscorea Combination (Wan Dai Tang)
Atractylodes and Hoelen Combination (ling gui zhu gan tang)
Atractylodes and Pueraria Combination (Qian Shi Bai Zhu San)
Atractylodes Combination (yue bi jia zhu tang)
Baked Licorice Combination (zhi gan cao tang)
Bamboo and Ginseng Combination (Zhu Ru Wen Dan Tang)
Bamboo and Hoelen Combination (Wen Dan Tang)
Bing Lang, Da Fu Pi (Areca catechu)
Bupleurum and Chih-shih Formula (si ni san)
Bupleurum and Cinnamon Combination (chai hu gui zhi tang)
Bupleurum and Dragon Bone Combination
Bupleurum and Gardenia Formula (Chai Hu Shu Gan San)
Bupleurum and Gardenia Formula (Chai Hu Shu San)
Bupleurum and Hoelen Combination (Chai Ling Tang)
Bupleurum and Magnolia Combination (Zhai Pu Tang)
Bupleurum and Peony Formula (jia wei xiao yao san)
Bupleurum and Pueraria Combination
Bupleurum and Rehmannia Formula (Chai Hu Qing Gan Tang)
Bupleurum and Schizonepeta Combination (shi wei bai du tang)
Bupleurum and Scute Combination (Chai Hu Xian Xiong Tang)
Bupleurum and Tang-Kuei Formula (Xiao Yao San)
Bupleurum Formula (yi gan san)
Bupleurum, Cinnamon and Ginger Combination (chai hu gui jiang tang)
Bupleurum, Citrus and Pinellia Formula
Capillaris and Hoelen Formula (Yin Chen Wu Ling San)
Capillaris Combination (Yin Chen Hao Tang)
Cardamon and Fennel Formula (An Zhong San)
Cimicifuga and Pueraria Combination (Sheng Ma Ge Gen Tang)
Cimicifuga Combination (Yi Zi Tang)
Cinnabar Sedative Digestive Cleanser (Zhu Sha An Shen Wan)
Cinnamon and Anemarrhena Combination (Gui Zhi Shao Yao Zhi Mu Tang)
Cinnamon and Astragalus Combination (gui zhi jia huang qi tang)
Cinnamon and Dragon Bone Combination
Cinnamon and Ginseng Decoction (gui zhi ren shen tang)
Cinnamon and Hoelen Formula (gui zhi fu ling wan)
Cinnamon and Ma-huang Combination
Cinnamon and Peony Combination (Gui Zhi Jia Shao Yao Tang)
Cinnamon and Persica Combination (Zhi Chong Yin)
Cinnamon and Pueraria Combination (Gui Zhi Jia Ge Gen Tang)
Cinnamon Combination (Gui Zhi Tang)
Cinnamon Decoction Plus Atractylodes and Aconite
Cinnamon, Magnolia and Apricot Seed Combination
Cinnamon, Peony and Rhubarb Combination
Citrus and Crataegus Formula (Bao He Wan)
Citrus and Pinellia Combination (Er Chen Tang)
Clematis and Carthamus Formula (Shu Jin Li An San)
Clematis and Stephania Combination (shu jing huo xue tang)
Cnidium & Notopterygium Combination (Shen Tong Zhu Yu Tang)
Cnidium and Rehmannia Combination (Xiong Gui Tiao Xue Tang)
Cnidium and Tea Formula (Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San)
Coffee Break Break (formerly 4 Miracle Brew ©)
Coix and Persica Combination (Chang Yong Tang)
Coix Combination (yi yi ren tang)
Coptis and Gelatin Combination (huang lian e jiao tang)
Coptis and Magnolia Bark Drink (Lian Po Yin)
Coptis and Rhubarb Combination (San Huang Xie Xin Tang)
Coptis and Scute Combination (huang lian jie du tang)
Coptis Combination (Huang Lian Tang)
Cyperus and Atractylodes Combination (Yue Ju Wan)
Cyperus and Perilla Powder (xiang su san)
Diffuse Pain Decoction (Juan Bi Tang)
Digestive Support #2
Eight Corrections Powder (Ba Zheng San)
Eleven Ingredient Decoction to Warm the Gall Bladder
Ephedra and Apricot Seed Combination (Ma Xing Gan Shi Tang)
Ephedra and Magnolia Combination (Shen Mi Tang)
Evodia Combination (wu zhu yu tang)
Fantastically Effective Pill to Invigorate the Collaterals
Fennel Seed and Corydalis Combination (Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang)
Fifth and Sixth Heavenly Stem Pill (Wu Ji Wan)
First-Time Custom-Blended Herb Formula
Five Seed Pill (Wu Ren Wan)
Five Tiger Combination (Wu Hu Tang)
Forsythia and Laminaria Combination (San Zhong Kui Jian Tang)
Forsythia and Lonicera Formula (Zhi Tou Chuang Yi Fang)
Four Major Herb Combination (Si Jun Zi Tang)
Four Marvels Powder (Si Miao San)
Four Miracle Pills (Si Shen Wan)
Four-Substance Decoction with Safflower and Peach Pit
Galangal and Cyperus Pill (Liang Fu Wan)
Gambir Formula (gou teng san)
Gardenia and Hoelen Formula (wu lin san)
Gardenia and Phellodendron Combination (Zhi Zi Bai Pi Tang)
Gastrodia and Uncaria Decoction (Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin)
Gentiana Combination (Long Dan Xie Gan Tang)
Ginger and Hoelen Combination (Ling Jiang Zhu Gan Tang)
Ginseng and Astragalus Combination (bu zhong yi qi tang)
Ginseng and Ginger Combination (Li Zhong Wan)
Ginseng and Gypsum Combination (Bai Hu Jia Ren Shen Tang)
Ginseng and Longan Combination (gui pi tang)
Ginseng and Perilla Combination (Shen Su Yin)
Ginseng and Rehmannia Combination (Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang)
Ginseng and Tang-Kuei Eight Combination (Ren Shen Dan Shao San)
Ginseng and Tang-kuei Ten Combination (shi quan da bu tang)
Ginseng and Zizyphus Formula (Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan)
Ginseng, Longan and Bupleurum Combination (Jia Wei Gui Pi Tang)
Ginseng, Poria, and Atractylodes Powder (Shen Ling Bai Zhu San)
Great Tonify the Yin Pill (Da Bu Yin Wan )
Gypsum Combination (Bai Hu Tang)
Hoelen and Schizandra Combination
Hoelen Combination (Fu Ling Yin)
Hoelen Four Herb Combination (Si Ling Tang)
Important Formula for Painful Diarrhea (Tong Xie Yao Fang)
Kudzu LV (Liver Support)
Kudzu MA (Morning After)
Kudzu PRT (Party Prep)
Licorice and Jujube Combination (gan mai da zao tang)
Lily Combination (Bai He Gu Jin Tang)
Linum and Rhubarb Combination (Run Chang Tang)
Lithospermum and Oyster Shell Combination (Zi Gen Mu Li Tang)
Lonicera and Forsythia Formula (Yin Qiao San)
Lotus and Citrus Combination (Qi Pi Tang)
Lotus Seed Combination (qing xin lian zi yin)
Lycium and Chrysanthemum Kidney Qi Pill (Qi Ju Di Huang Wan)
Ma Huang and Asarum Combination (Ma Huang Fu Zi Xi Xin Tang)
Ma Huang and Coix Combination (Ma Xing Yi Gan Tang)
Ma Huang Combination (Ma Huang Tang)
Ma Huang Ephedra and Hypertension
Ma Huang, Gypsum and Pinellia Combination (Yue Pi Jia Ban Xia Tang)
Magnolia and Ginger Formula (Ping Wei San)
Magnolia and Hoelen Combination (Wei Ling Tang)
Magnolia Flower and Gypsum Combination (Xin Yi Qing Fei Tang)
Major Bupleurum Combination (da chai hu tang)
Major Construct the Middle Decoction (Da Jian Zhong Tang)
Major Rhubarb Combination (Da Cheng Qi Tang)
Major Siler Combination (Da Fang Feng Tang)
Menopause Emotional Chill Pill
Menopause Thermo Chill Pill
Metal Lock Pill to Stabilize the Essence (Jin Suo Gu Jing Tang)
Minor Blue Dragon Combination (Xiao Qing Long Tang)
Minor Bupleurum Combination (xiao chai hu tang)
Minor Cinnamon and Peony Combination (Xiao Jian Zhong Tang)
Minor Pinellia and Hoelen Combination (Xiao Ban Xia Jia Fu Ling Tang)
Minor Trichosanthes Combination (Xiao Xian Xiong Tang)
Modified Six Milled [ingredients] Decoction (Liu Mo Tang Jia Wei)
Morus and Chrysanthemum Combination (Sang Ju Yin)
Notopterygium and Tuhuo Combination
Ophiopogon Combination (Mai Men Dong Tang)
Peony and Licorice Combination (shao yao gan cao tang)
Peony, Licorice and Aconite Combination
Persica and Carthamus Combination (Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang)
Persica and Rhubarb Combination (tao he cheng qi tang)
Phellodendron Combination (Zi Yin Jiang Huo Tang)
Pinellia and Arisaema Combination (Qing Shi Hua Dan Tang)
Pinellia and Gastrodia Combination (Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang)
Pinellia and Ginger Combination (Sheng Jiang Xie Xin Tang)
Pinellia and Ginseng Six Combination (Ban Xia Liu Jun Zi Tang)
Pinellia and Licorice Combination (gan cao xie xin tang)
Pinellia and Magnolia Combination (ban xia hou po tang)
Pinellia Combination (ban xia xie xin tang)
Platycodon and Chih-shih Formula (Pai Nong San)
Platycodon and Fritillaria Combination (Qing Fei Tang)
Platycodon and Jujube Combination (Pai Nong Tang)
Platycodon Combination (Jie Geng Tang)
Polyporus Combination (zhu ling tang)
Pueraria and Magnolia Combination (Ge Gen Jia Xin Yi Chuan Xiong)
Pueraria Combination (ge gen tang)
Pueraria, Scutellaria, and Coptis Decoction
Qing Gan Huo Xue Fang (QGHXF) modified
Rehmannia Eight Formula (ba wei di huang or jin gui shen qi wan)
Rehmannia Six Formula (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan)
Restore the Left (Kidney) Pill (Zuo Gui Wan)
Restore the Right (Kidney) Pill (You Gui Wan)
Rhubarb and Licorice Combination (Da Huang Gan Cao Tang)
Rhubarb and Mirabilitum Combination (Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang)
Rhubarb and Moutan Decoction (da huang mu dan pi tang)
Saussurea and Cardamon Combination (xiang sha liu jun zi tang)
Schizonepeta and Forsythia Combination (Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang)
Schizonepeta and Siler Formula (Jing Fang Bai Du San)
Scute Combination (Zi Shen Tong Er Tang)
Scute Three Herb Combination (San Wu Huang Qin Tang)
Scutellaria Decoction (Huang Qin Tang)
Settle the Emotions Pill (Ding Zhi Wan)
Sheng Mai San
Siler and Coix Combination
Siler and Platycodon Formula (fang feng tong sheng san)
Siler Combination (Qing Shang Fang Feng Tang)
Six Major Herb Combination (liu jun zi tang)
Sophora Japonica Flower Powder (Huai Hua San)
Stephania and Astragalus Combination (fang ji huang qi tang)
Stephania and Ginseng Combination (Mu Fang Ji Tang)
Tai Mai Wan
Taishan Bedrock Powder (Tai Shan Pan Shi San)
Tang-Kuei and Arctium Formula (xiao feng san)
Tang-kuei and Atractylodes Combination (lian zhu yin)
Tang-kuei and Carthamus Formula (tong dao san)
Tang-kuei and Cyperus Formula (nu shen san)
Tang-kuei and Eight Herb Formula (ba wei dai xia fang)
Tang-kuei and Evodia Combination (wen jing tang)
Tang-kuei and Gambir Combination (qi wu jiang xia tang)
Tang-kuei and Gardenia Combination (wen qing yin)
Tang-kuei and Gelatin Combination (xiong gui jiao ai tang)
Tang-Kuei and Ginseng Eight Combination (Ba Zhen San)
Tang-Kuei and Lycium Combination (Zi Yin Zhi Bao Tang)
Tang-kuei and Magnolia Formula (wu ji san)
Tang-kuei and Peony Powder (dang gui shao yao san)
Tang-Kuei and Persica Combination (Fu Yuan Huo Xue Tang)
Tang-Kuei and Tribulus Combination (Dang Gui Yin Zi)
Tang-Kuei Combination (Qian Jin Dang Gui Tang)
Tang-Kuei Four Combination (Si Wu Tang)
Tang-Kuei Sixteen Herb Combination (Shi Liu Wei Liu Qi Yin)
Tang-Kuei, Cinnamon and Peony Combination (Dang Gui Jian Zhong Tang)
Tang-kuei, Evodia and Ginger Combination
Tokoro Formula from the Cheng Clan (Cheng Shi Bei Xie Fen Qing Yin)
Top Quality Lindera Powder (Tian Tai Wu Yao San)
Unblock the Orifices and Invigorate the Blood Decoction
Vitality Combination (zhen wu tang)
Xanthium Powder (Cang Er Zi San)
Zizyphus Combination (suan zao ren tang)