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. 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’.
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.