Herbs for Menstrual Good Health
WOMEN’S PRECIOUS PILLS
(also known as Eight Treasures or Ba Zhen Wan)
First published in the Zheng Ti Lei Yao (Catalogued Essentials for Correcting the Body) by Dr. Bi Lai Zhai in the year 1529.
Used to benefit the body’s nourishing flows of Blood (nourishment) and Qi (energy). When Blood and Qi are weak, the body goes hungry regardless of diet.
• Also known as: Tang Kwei Pill, Dang Gui Pill, Eight Treasures, Ba Zhen Wan.
Woman’s Precious Pill is used as a daily supplement to boost and maintain Blood and Qi. Though this pill is used by both men and women, it is most often used by women to supplement regular blood loss due to menstruation. Especially useful for women who eat little or no red meat. Though this formula is traditionally recommended throughout pregnancy and nursing as well as in many cases of infertility, pregnant women should always consult a health practitioner before taking any medicine or supplement.
The herb Angelica Sinensis, Dang Gui (Tang Kwei) should never be administered as a single herb. It is always combined with other herbs. The blend used in Woman’s Precious Pill is the most widely used of these combinations. It brings out the best qualities of the herb while eliminating any unwanted effects. Though this formula is used as a daily supplement to maintain good health, it is also used to treat symptoms related to deficiencies such as: Fatigue, weakness, menstrual irregularities, tired limbs, pallor, pale tongue, infertility, shortness of breath or palpitations, lightheadedness, reduced appetite.
Like most Chinese herbal tonics (strengtheners), discontinue during cold and flu.
Women’s Precious Pills Ingredients:
Dang Gui also known as Tang Kwei, Dong Guay, Angelica Sinensis Radix, Chinese Angelica Root
Strengthens Blood, Invigorates Blood, Harmonizes Blood, Regulates Menses
Major known constituents: butylidene phthalide, n-valerophenone-o-carboxylic acid, Vitamin B-12, carotene, beta-sitosterol
White Peony Root also known as Bai Shao , Peonia Lactiflora
Nourishes the Blood, Pacifies the Liver, Retains the Yin
Major known constituents: paeoniflorin, paeonol, paeonin, triterpenoids
Chinese Foxglove Root also known as Shu Di Huang , Rehmannia Glutinosa Radix
Tonifies the Blood, Tonifies the Heart, Liver & Kidneys
Major known constituents: B-sitosterol, mannitol, stigmasterol, camesterol, rehmannin
Szechuan Lovage Root also known as Chuan Xiong , Liguistici Wallichi
Invigorates the Blood, Promotes the Circulation of Qi(energy), Expels Wind
Major known constituents: alkaloids, phenols, lactones, ferulic acid
Poor Man’s Ginseng also known as Dang Shen, Codonopsis Radix
Benefits the Qi(energy), Nourishes Fluids, Strengthens the Lungs and Digestive Organs
Major known constituents: Saponins, alkaloids, glucose, sucrose, inulin
Bai Zhu also known as Atractylodes Macrocephala rhizome
Benefits the Qi(energy), Tonifies the Spleen, Dries Dampness
Major known constituents: atractylol, atractylon, vitamin A
Fu Ling also known as China-root, Poria Cocos, Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, Hoelen Fungus
Leeches out Dampness, Strengthens Digestion, Harmonizes the Middle Burner, Calms the Spirit, Improves the performance of other tonifying herbs
Major known constituents: B-pachyman, tumulosic acid, 3B-hydtoxylanosta-7, chitin, protein, lecithin
Chinese Licorice root baked with honey also known as Zhi Gan Cao, Glycyrrhiza Uranelsis radix
Tonifies the Spleen, Benefits the Qi, Detoxifies Fire Poisons, Moderates and Harmonizes other herbs, Improves the performance of other tonifying herbs.
Major known constituents: glycyrrhizic acid, uralenic acid, loquiitigenin.
Herbs for Menopause
(Also known as Er Xiang Wan)
•Complaints associated with menopause such as fatigue, low libido, hot flashes, day or night sweats, insomnia.
•Replenishes Kidney Yang, Yin, and Blood, Clears Deficiency Heat.
Shuguan Hospital, Shanghai College of Traditional Medicine, Mid-Twentieth Century origin. The name Two Immortals (Er Xian) comes from 2 of the chief herbs in the formula, Xian Mao (Curculigo) and Xian Ling Pi (Epemidi).
Take as a daily supplement for periods of 1 week to 6 months.
Benefits are usually seen after 1 – 5 weeks. If symptoms persist, consult a licensed health care provider.
As with most Chinese herbal tonics, Two Immortals Pills should not be taken while ill with cold or flu. Herbal strengtheners such as this are thought to prolong such illnesses. Wait until the cold or flu has passed before resuming course of treatment.
The formula contains no estrogen or other hormones, and possibly achieves its effect by using yin and yang builders to help normalize hormone production.
Two Immortals Ingredients:
Morinda Root, also known as Bai Ji Tan or Radix Morinda Officianalis
Tonifies the Kidneys, Fortifies the Yang, Strengthens the Sinews and Bones
Major Known ingredients: morindin, vitamin C.
Licentious Goat Wort, also known as Yin Yang Huo or Herba Epimedi
Stimulates Hormone Production, Tonifies the Yin, Fortifies the Yang, Expels Dampness
Major known ingredients: icariin, sterols, tanin, palmitic acid, benzene, linolenic acid, oleic acid, vitamin E.
Golden Eye Grass, also known as Xian Mao or Rhizoma Curculinginis Orchioidis
Tonifies the Kidneys, Expels Dampness
Major known ingredients: 5,7-dimethoxymyricetin, xylopyranosyl, glucopyranoside, tannin.
Amur Cork Bark, also known as Huang Bai or Cortex Phellodendri
Drains Damp Heat, Quells Kidney Fire, Detoxifies Fire Poisons
Major known ingredients: Berberine, Jatorrhizine, Magnoflorine, Phellodendrine, Candicine, Palmatine, Menisperine, Obacunone, Dictamnolide.
Anemarrhena, also known as Zhi Mu or Radix Anemarrhenae Asphodeloidis
Quells Fire, Nurtures Yin, Moistens Dryness, Clears Deficiency Heat
Major known ingredients: timosaponin, sarsosapogenin, timobeose, markogenin, neogitogenin, asphonin, magniferin.
Oyster Shell, also known as Mu Li or Concha Ostreae (Shen Brand Only)
Calms the Spirit, Benefits the Yin, Restrains Rising Yang, Restrains Sweating
Major known ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Magnesium, Ferric Oxide.
Dang Gui, also known as Tang Kwei or Radix Radix Angelica Sinensis
Tonifies the Blood, Invigorates and Harmonizes the Blood
Major known ingredients: Butylidene Phthalide, N-Valerophenone-o-carboxylic acid, Vitamin B12, Carotene, Beta-Sitosterol.
Free & Easy Pill
For stress and stress-related complaints
Free & Easy Pill is also known as XIAO YAO WAN or Rambling Powder. The formula was first published in the Imperial Grace Formulary of the Tai Ping era (1078-1085 AD).
Free & Easy Pill Ingredients:
Hare’s Ear Root – Bupleurum Rx: Chai Hu
Relaxes Constrained Qi, Releases Exterior,
Bupleurumol, adonitol, spinasterol, oleic acid
White Peony Root – Paeonia Rx- Bai Shao
Pacifies the Liver, Nourishes Blood
Paeoniflorin, paeonol,paeonin, triterpenoids
Tang Gui Root – Angelica Rx: Dang Gui
Harmonizes the Blood, Tonifies Blood
Butylidene phthalide, n-valerophenone, vitamin B12, carotene, B-sitosterol
Hoelin Fungus – Poria Cocos Sclerotum – Fu Ling
Quiets the Heart, Calms the Spirit, Harmonizes the Middle, Strengthens Spleen
B-pachyman, tumulosic acid, 3B-hydtoxylanosta-7, chitin, protein, lecithin
White Atractylodis – Atractylodis Rx – Bai Zhu
Benefits the Qi, Stabilizes the Exterior, Strengthens the Spleen, Dries Dampness
Atractylol, atractylon, vitamin A
Ginger – Zinzeberis Rx: Sheng Jiang
Releases the Exterior, Disperses Cold, Adjusts the Nutritive and Protective
Qizingiberol, zingiberene, phellandrene, camphene, albizzine, cureumene, gingerol
Chinese Licorice Root – Glycyrrhizae Rx – Gan Cao
Harmonizes other Herbs, Clears Heat, Detoxifies Fire Poison, Benefits the Qi
Glycyrrhizic acid, uralenic acid, liquiritigenin
Mint Leaf – Mentha Folium – Bo He
Frees Constrained Qi, Clears the Head and Eyes, Disperses Wind-Heat
Menthol, camphene, limonene, pulegone.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH PROBLEMS
Throughout Asia, Chinese healing therapies are the first choice in health care for women's medical issues. Acupuncture, herbs, and massage are often more effective, safer, and less costly than Western medical practices. Acupuncture and other Oriental modalities play a big part in keeping Asian women healthy. Perhaps because of this, Asian women suffer far less from menstrual, menopausal and other conditions common in the West.
For women with PCOS, acupuncture and exercise may bring relief, reduce risks.
Published: Monday, June 29, 2009 - 05:22 in Health & Medicine
Exercise and electro-acupuncture treatments can reduce sympathetic nerve activity in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), according to a new study. The finding is important because women with PCOS often have elevated sympathetic nerve activity, which plays a role in hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, obesity and cardiovascular disease The study also found that the electro-acupuncture treatments led to more regular menstrual cycles, reduced testosterone levels and reduced waist circumference.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, ovarian cysts can develop due to phlegm, dampness, and blood stasis. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective for decreasing the size of ovarian cysts and relieving any pain and/or sense of fullness they can cause.
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