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).
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 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.
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
which is for eye issues along with other “yin deficient” signs such as night sweating and anxiety (especially at night). Qi Ju Di Huang Wan
牡丹皮 moutan root bark, tree peony root bark Cortex Moutan Radicis
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