ANXIETY -Herbal Medicine
ANXIETY -Herbal Medicine
- Anxiety & Stress Relief
- Panic Attacks
- Calms Energy of Mind & Spirit
- Feeling Overwhelmed
- Herbal & Non-Addictive
- Soothes Irritability
- Helps Insomnia
ROBERT YOUNGS ACUPUNCTURE'S HERBAL FORMULAS:
We have created modern versions of Classic Chinese Herbal Formulas used effectively to treat disease for hundreds of years. Through scientific research and clinical experience, these herbal formulas have been found to be effective yet gentle with few to no side effects unlike western pharmaceuticals. We welcome questions and are available for herbal consults, or see your local acupuncturist.
What It Is:
The energy of the body that keeps everything balanced and harmonized is called Qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In times of extreme stress, traumatic events or emotional disturbances, Liver Qi energy can rise up and create tightness in the chest, palpitations, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed.
What It Does:
This formula addresses event driven Anxiety, Fear, feeling Overwhelmed in the moment, panic attacks or breaking addictions by smoothing Liver Qi stagnation and anchoring it while also nourishing and calming the shen (spirit). One might think of it as a natural herbal "xanax". You don’t need to take it all the time, just in the moment of anxiety or before a situation in which you might normally have anxiety. For Addictions such as Smoking Cessation, one would take this formula 3-4 times per day for the first few days of withdrawal under the guidance of a licensed Acupuncturist.
If stress, irritability and strong emotions continue long after the event, an ongoing formula such as Stress or Stress Plus might be appropriate for long term use. Consult with your Acupuncturist.
HOW TO TAKE IT:
Herbs are plant based with few to no side effects, unlike pharmaceuticals. The gentle nature of herbs necessitates larger doses; think of them as healing foods.
Dosage based on body weight. Take as needed when feeling or anticipating Anxiety. Most effective when used with weekly Acupuncture.
Body Weight Daily Total
100-140 lbs 4 Caps 3x day
140-170 lbs 5 Caps 3x day
170-210 lbs 6 Caps 3x day
210-250 lbs 7 Caps 3x day
Over 250 lbs 8 Caps 3x day
Chai Hu, Gui Zhi, Huang Qin, Da Huang, Long Gu, Mu Li, Ren Shen, Fu Ling, Ban Xia, Sheng Jiang, Da Zao, Shi Chang Poo
Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri):
A common herb used in traditional Chinese medicine, Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) acts primarily on the Liver and Gallbladder channels, relieving Liver-Qi stagnation and clearing Shao Yang disorders. Due to its ascending and dispersing functions, Chai Hu is used to harmonize the Exterior and the Interior of the body. It balances the hormones and eliminates symptoms of dry throat, irritability, nausea and alternate spells of chills and fever. This acrid herb is also used to unblock Liver-Qi stagnation and to treat symptoms like irregular menstruations, amenorrhea or menstrual cramps.
Channels: Liver, Gallbladder
Taste: Bitter, acrid
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi):
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi), also known as cinnamon twig, is primarily used in traditional Chinese medicine to promote body-fluid movement and activate the yang qi. Acrid and sweet in flavor and warm in nature, this herb can treat exterior wind-cold and its symptoms, such as absence of perspiration, headache and body pain.
Cold and phlegm stagnation in the Heart can manifest through chest pain, heart palpitations, irregular heartbeats and depression. Because of its properties, Gui Zhi warms the Heart, nourishes the blood and restores the pulse.
Research: In one report, 117 patients with low blood pressure were treated with an herb formula containing Gui Zhi, with effective results. 
Channels: Heart, Lung, Urinary, Bladder
Taste: Acrid, sweet
 Zhong Guo Nang Cun Yi Xue (Chinese Agricultural Medicine), 1985; (5):11
Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae):
Versatile and packed with health benefits, Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae) can be used to treat a wide variety of disorders. Commonly used to clear heat and treat cough with yellow sputum and Lung heat accumulation, Huang Qin is also an excellent toxin expeller. Cold in nature, with a bitter taste, this herb can treat heat-toxin syndrome, with manifestations such as abscesses, sore throat, ulcerations, redness, swelling and pain.
Research: In one study, 51 patients with hypertension were treated with an herb formula containing Huang Qin with 97.1% rate of effectiveness. 
Channels: Lung, Gallbladder, Stomach, Large intestine
 ShangHai Zhong Yi Yao Za Zhi (Shanghai Journal of Chinese Medicine and Herbology), 1956; 1:24
Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei):
Covering the Spleen, Stomach, Large Intestine, Liver and Heart channels, Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rei) is one of the most common Chinese herbs. Bitter in flavor and cold in nature with dispelling properties, Da Huang can remove accumulation. It is primarily used to treat constipation due to heat accumulation, accompanied by abdominal distention, high fever and restless. Due to its ability to conduct heat downwards, Da Huang is also used to activate blood circulation and remove blood stasis. It is indicated for amenorrhea, postpartum blood stasis, palpable abdominal masses and blood stasis due to external or traumatic injuries.
Research: According to one report, 72 patients with cerebral vascular accidents were treated for related constipation with an herbal decoction, with good results. 
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Large Intestine, Liver, Heart
 Zhong Xi Yi fie He Za Zhi (Journal of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine), 1983; 1:19
Long Gu (Os Draconis):
Long Gu (Os Draconis), or dragon bones, is one of the best traditional Chinese remedy for insomnia. Cool in nature, with a sweet flavor, Long Gu can calm the Shen (Spirit) and induce sedation. It is recommended for unsteadiness of both the heart and mind, palpitations and for difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. Long Gu enters the Heart and the Liver channels and has a calming effect. It can also treat dizziness, vertigo, irritability and short temper cause by Liver Yin deficiency.
Research: In one clinical study, 79 patients suffering from schizophrenia were treated with good results with an herbal formula containing Long Gu. Out of 79 patients, 5 showed significant improvements, 23 showed moderate improvements, 34 showed slight improvement, while 17 showed no results. 
Channels: Heart, Liver
Taste: Sweet, astringent
 Zhe Jiang Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Zhejiang journal of Chinese Medicine), 1982; 6:273
Mu Li (Concha Ostreae):
Mu Li (Concha Ostreae) is primarily used to calm the Liver and anchor rising Yang. When there’s a Liver yin deficiency in the body, the Liver yang rising can often lead to conditions such as insomnia, irritability, restlessness, dizziness and short temper. Mu Li both anchors the Liver Yang and calms the Shen, stopping loss of bodily fluids. Due to its calming and nourishing properties, this salty herb is an effective anxiety remedy.
Research: In one study, 7 out of 10 patients reported a reduction of perspiration after treatment with a herb formula containing Mu Li. 
Channels: Liver, Kidney
Taste: Salty, astringent
 Jiang Su Zhong Yi (Jiangsu Chinese Medicine), 1964; 2:39
Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng):
According to traditional Chinese medicine, lack of qi and blood nourishment to the Heart shen can lead to insomnia, palpitation, confusion and forgetfulness. Slightly warm in nature, Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng), nourishes Heart qi, calms the shen and improves mental functions. Ren Shen can also be used to strengthen the body and restore vitality. When Spleen is deficient, food can no longer be transformed into energy. As result, fatigue, lack of energy, listlessness, nausea and poor appetite can occur.
Research: Ten patients in shock due to profuse bleeding were treated with a herb formula containing Ren Shen, along with electro-acupuncture, with good results. 
Channels: Long, Spleen
Temperature: Slightly warm
Taste: Sweet, slightly bitter
 Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Journal of Chinese Medicine), 1987; 4:13
Fu Ling (Poria):
Used since ancient times, Fu Ling, also known as Poria, has commonly been used to nourish and strengthen the spleen and calm the mind. According to traditional Chinese medicine, this sweet and bland herb covers the channels of heart, lungs, spleen and kidneys. For women, spleen and heart imbalances can lead to prolonged periods with little flow or to early and abundant menstruations. Due to its properties, this formula using Fu Ling can invigorate both the spleen and the heart, balancing the blood and Yin functions of the body. It also has an effect on the digestive system and can lower blood sugar. It is also used to treat urinary difficulties, dampness, diarrhea, edema, headache or dizziness.
Research: In a study conducted on mice, investigating the regulatory effects of Fu Ling, show that mice treated with this formula had significantly increased the spleen cell ability to secrete. 
Channel: Heart, Lungs, Spleen
 The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 30, No. 4, 551–560
Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae):
According to theories of traditional Chinese medicine, the normal direction of Stomach qi is downwards. When the qi is blocked by phlegm or when there’s a Stomach deficiency, the direction changes to upwards, leading to nausea and vomiting. Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae) dries dampness and dissolves phlegm, alleviating the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. This acrid and warm herb also enters the Lung and Spleen channels, eliminating phlegm and treating various phlegm complications, such as cough with profuse sputum, painful obstruction of the chest or dizziness.
Research: 18 pregnant women with severe nausea, vomiting and feelings of chest discomfort were successfully treated with an herbal formula containing Ban Xia. 
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Lung
 Jiang Su Zhong Yi Zn Zhi (Jiangsu journal of Chinese Medicine), 1987; 3: 16
Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis recens):
Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiveris Recens), also known as fresh ginger root, has been used in Asian cooking recipes since ancient times. Valued for its health properties, Shen Jiang is also used in Chinese medicine to treat and prevent colds, enteritis and stomach problems. Slightly warm, Shen Jiang can induce perspiration and is commonly used to treat the early stages of wind-cold syndrome. This acrid herb can warm the Lung, dispelling cold and stopping coughing.
Research: Administration of Shen Jiang has been shown to effectively reduce the severity of nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy. 
Channels: Lung, Spleen, Stomach
Temperature: Slightly warm
 Dissertation Abstr llllerant, 1987,8:3297
Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae):
Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae), also known as Jujube fruit, has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 4.000 years. Sweet and warm, and rich in vitamin C, it is mainly used to strengthen the middle-Jiao and to nourish the blood. Clinically, Da Zao treats disorders such as shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stool, decreased food intake and diarrhea. Da Zao also has a calming effect, relaxing the Shen (Spirit) and treating irritability, disturbed sleep and emotional instability.
Research: According to one research, Da Zao has a sedative effect on the central nervous system, lowering blood pressure and reducing spontaneous motor activities. 
Channels: Spleen, Stomach
 G11o Wai Yi X11e Zhong Yi Zhong Yao FenCe (Monograph of Chinese Herbology from Foreign Medicine), 1985; 7(4):48
Shi Chang Pu (Rhizoma Acori):
A praised plant for its healing and health properties, Shi Chang Pu (Rhizoma Acori) is primarily used as a sedative medicine, treating insomnia. Due to its inhibitory effects, Shi Chang Pu is also used as a sedative and hypnotic for sleeplessness conditions. Another great property of Shi Chang Pu is its capacity to open sensory orifices. Phlegm obstructing the sensory orifices can lead to coma, unconsciousness, manic behavior, high fever and delirium. Aromatic and expectorant, Shi Chang Pu also has great effects on insomnia caused by the interference of phlegm.
Research: Studies reported that oil of Shi Chang Pu have a hypnotic influence, and sedative effects. 
Channels: Heart, Stomach
 Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 722:725