Category Archives: Emotional Distress

Persica and Carthamus Combination (Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang)

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Tao Ren (Peach Pit) supports blood movement.
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Tao Ren (Peach Pit) supports blood movement.

Alternative Names

  • Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang
  • Drive Out Stasis in the Mansion of Blood Decoction
  • Hsieh Fu Chu Yu Tang
  • Blood-House Blood Stasis-Dispelling Decoction
  • XFZY decoction
  • Xuefu Zhuyu

Benefits

  • supports the cardiovascular system

This highly respected formula is a modification of two other formulas: most of the ingredients from Four-Substance Decoction with Safflower and Peach Pit and Bupleurum and Chih-shih Formula can be found in this formula. Used all together, the goal is to support the cardiovascular health by stimulating the flow of qi and blood. Continue reading →

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Cyperus and Atractylodes Combination (Yue Ju Wan)

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Xiang fu (Cyperus root) helps spread the qi over the chest to address tightness or dull aches beneath the ribs.
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Xiang fu (Cyperus root) regulates the qi to address frequent sighing or dull tummy aches.

Alternative Names

  • Yue Chu Wan
  • Yue Ju Wan
  • Stagnation-Relieving Pill
  • Xiong Zhu Wan
  • Cyperus and Atractylodes Pill
  • Ligusticum Chuanxiong and Atractylodes Pill
  • Escape Restraint Pill

This is the formula for the so-called “six stagnations”. Yue Ju Wan was created for “excess” types (even though they may feel tired a lot). Simply put, the systems of digestion, blood flow, fluids and qi / energy are clogged up. When things aren’t flowing well the body’s systems’ functions are compromised. I use this formula for a number of conditions including indigestion, fatigue, insomnia (hard to fall asleep) and heaviness of the body. Also it is very useful for mental conditions including anxiety, depression, frustrations and anger (if the pattern fits the above).

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Bupleurum and Chih-shih Formula (si ni san)

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Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Alternative Names

  • Cold Limbs Powder
  • Cold Extremities Powder
  • Frigid Extremities Powder
  • si ni san
  • szu ni san
  • Counterflow Cold Powder
  • sigyaku san
  • shigyakusan
  • Shigyaku-san
  • 四逆散
  • しぎゃくさん
  • TJ35; TJ-35; TJ 35
  • sì nì sǎn wán
  • 四逆散丸

Benefits

  • relaxes tense muscles that cause a sense of dull stuffiness in the upper abdomen.
  • regulates sleeping for those having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

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Cyperus and Perilla Powder (xiang su san)

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Perilla leaf addresses nervous nausea.

Perilla leaf addresses nervous nausea.

Alternative Names

  • xiang su san
  • hsiang su san
  • xiong su san
  • cyperus and perilla powder
  • Cyperus and Perilla Leaft Powder
  • koso san
  • Kōso-san
  • 香蘇散
  • こうそさん
  • TJ70; TJ-70; TJ 70

Benefits

  • regulates emotionsl including pent-up tension or unexpressed feelings
  • supports digestive functions

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Bupleurum and Cinnamon Combination (chai hu gui zhi tang)

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Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.
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Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Alternative Names

  • chai hu gui zhi tang
  • chai hu kuei chih tang
  • chai-hu-gui-zhi-tang
  • Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction
  • Bupleurum and Cassia Twig Decoction
  • saiko-keishi-to
  • saiko keishi to
  • Saiko-keishi-tō
  • 柴胡桂枝湯
  • さいこけいしとう
  • TJ10; TJ-10; TJ 10

Benefits

  • relaxes tense muscles that cause a sense of dull stuffiness in the upper abdomen
  • promotes blood flow in the head, relaxes muscles in the upper neck and shoulder

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Baked Licorice Combination (zhi gan cao tang)

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Licorice root is a great detoxifier.
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Licorice root is a great detoxifier.

Like a sweet person, licorice root is calming because of its sweet flavor.

Alternative Names

  • zhi gan cao tang
  • Roasted Licorice Decoction
  • Honey-Fried Licorice Decoction
  • chih kan tsao tang
  • sya kanzo to
  • shakanzoto
  • Sha-kanzō-tō
  • 炙甘草湯
  • しゃかんぞうとう
  • TJ64; TJ-64; TJ 64
  • zhì gān cǎo wán
  • 炙甘草丸

Benefits

  • supports a calm, regular heartbeat with appropriate startle response

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Major Bupleurum Combination (da chai hu tang)

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Bupleurum unsticks your insides for when you feel stuck.
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Bupleurum unsticks your insides for when you feel stuck.

Bupleurum unsticks your insides for when you feel stuck.

Alternative Names

  • da chai hu tang
  • ta chai hu tang
  • Major Bupleurum Decoction
  • dai saiko to
  • Da-Chai-Hu-Tang
  • Dai-saiko-to
  • Daisaikoto
  • Dai-saiko-tō
  • 大柴胡湯
  • だいさいことう
  • TJ8; TJ-8; TJ 8
  • dà chái hú wán
  • 大柴胡丸

Benefits

  • relaxes tense muscles that cause a sense of dull stuffiness in the upper abdomen.
  • relaxes neck and shoulder tension
  • regulates blood pressure and

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Pinellia and Magnolia Combination (ban xia hou po tang)

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Ban xia is a great drying herb that also addresses nausea.
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Ban Xia (Pinellia) is a great drying herb that also addresses nausea.

Ban Xia (Pinellia) is a great drying herb that also addresses nausea.

Alternative Names

  • ban xia hou po tang
  • pan hsia hou pu tang
  • pinellia and magnolia bark decoction
  • hange koboku to
  • TJ16; TJ-16; TJ 16
  • hange kobuku-to
  • Hange-kōboku-tō
  • 半夏厚朴湯
  • はんげこうぼくとう
  • bàn xià hòu pō wán
  • 半夏厚樸丸

Benefits

  • Addresses the sensation that there’s something stuck in the throat, but it can neither be swallowed or coughed out. This is known in biomedicine as “glomus hystericus”. “Glomus” means a lumpy object and “hystericus” suggests that it is part of an emotional disturbance. So, while some doctors might suggest that this sensation is “all in your head”, Chinese medicine would describe this condition as “all in your liver and spleen”.

The “liver” in Chinese medicine is sensitive to emotional stress. When you get angry, frustrated, impatient or depressed, the functions of the Chinese liver is are compromised. One of these functions is keeping things circulating. If anything is supposed to move in the body, it has some relationship to the liver.

This formula also targets the “spleen” function which is digestive in this context. When the digestion is inefficient, it can create a by-product called “dampness”. This often manifests as excessive fluids in the digestive tract (gurgling, indigestion, bloating). However what is created in the digestion is stored in the lungs, and so a big meal can cause phlegm in the lungs, and “phlegm nodules” elsewhere in the body.

Phlegm nodules can be bumps and lumps. (Step one: if you have unexamined bumps or lumps in your body, you should get those checked out by your doctor.) These phlegm nodules can be visible (such as lumps or bumps) or invisible (such as the sensation of lumps or bumps).

This is because dampness can arise as extra fluids in the body, or as something more like high-humidity internally. This high-humidity can cause a sensation of heaviness in the body, fatigue, lack of sensory acuity, etc.

When there is emotional stress PLUS internal dampness, the humidity or fluids can congeal into a phlegm nodule that arises in the throat. This is one of those “invisible” phlegm nodules that can’t be seen, but the sensation is most certainly there. Chinese medicine calls this “plum-pit qi” or “plum-pit syndrome”. It is the sensation of something being caught in your throat but there’s not actually anything there.

By regulating the liver (call it the nervous system in this context) and spleen (digestive functions), this formula can “transform phlegm” by stimulating the efficiency of the digestion and moving the phlegm out of the throat.

There are other applications of this formula that do not require the sensation of something stuck in the throat. What this formula really does is dries damp and descends stuck qi. This action can also be helpful for coughing with white or clear phlegm with the sensation of something stuck in the chest. it is also used in Japan for sudden anxiety, depression, insomnia and palpitations that are accompanied by indigestion or edema.

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Gambir Formula (gou teng san)

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These little hooks are said to "hook the wind" in the body.
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These little hooks are said to "hook the wind" in the body.

These little hooks are said to "hook the wind" in the body.

Alternative Names

  • gou teng san
  • Diao Teng San
  • Uncaria Powder
  • kou teng san
  • kon teng san
  • tyoto san
  • chotosan
  • Chōtō-san
  • 釣藤散
  • ちょうとうさん
  • TJ47; TJ-47; TJ 47

Benefits

  • supports mental clarity
  • regulates blood flow in the head
  • addresses transitory sensation of heavy-headedness
  • cools transitory hot flashes
  • relaxes neck and shoulder tension
  • regulates blood pressure and

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Tang-kuei and Cyperus Formula (nu shen san)

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Dang gui  (tang-kwei) is a famous herb for regulating hormones and blood.
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Dang gui (tang-kwei) is a famous herb for regulating hormones and blood.

Alternative Names

  • nu shen san
  • Goddess Powder
  • nyosin san
  • Nyoshin-san
  • 女神散
  • にょしんさん
  • TJ67; TJ-67; TJ 67

Benefits

  • regulates many body systems that are sensitive to stress or the menstrual cycle
  • supports mental clarity
  • cools transitory hot flashes

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