HANGOVER CURE Herbal Medicine
HANGOVER CURE Herbal Medicine
Contains Alcohol Digestive Herbs
- Stops Nausea
- Clears Stagnation & Heat
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.
"best Hangover Cure" -How It Works:
This Herbal formula clears the stagnation and heat that accumulate in the body as a result of alcohol consumption and helps the body begin to process and retain needed fluids. It also contains herbs that ease neck pain and headaches, relieve bloating and nausea.
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.
*Take a dose every 2-3 hours after alcohol consumption, especially when "Hangover Preventer" has not been used.
Most effective when used with weekly Acupuncture.
Body Weight Daily Total
100-140 lbs 5 Caps As Needed
140-170 lbs 6 Caps As Needed
170-210 lbs 7 Caps As Needed
210-250 lbs 8 Caps As Needed
Over 250 lbs 9 Caps As Needed
Foods for Hangovers: Bananas, eggs, tomato juice, ginger, coconut water, asparagus,chlorella, spirulina, almond butter, bitter greens like chard or kale, honey, asian pears before consuming alcohol, watermelon, black beans, green tea.
Chen Pi, Ju Hua, Chuan Xiong, Da Huang, Huang Qin, Shen Qu, Fu Ling, Mu Xiang, Huo Xiang, Bai Zhi, Ge Gen, Huo Po, Qing Hao, Tian Hua Fen, Mai Ya, Bo He, Chi Shi Zhi
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae):
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae) refers to dried peels of Citrus Reticulata, a plant used commonly used in Chinese medicine for its healing properties. Chen Pi is used to regulate Qi and adjust the Middle Jiao and it’s believed to have effects on the Lung and Spleen meridian. Warm and with an acrid, bitter flavor, Chen Pi circulates the Spleen and Stomach, relieving the severity of nausea and vomiting. Due to its warm properties, Chen Pi warms the Yang in the Middle Jiao and eliminates the accumulation of dampness, abdominal fullness, fatigue and a thick tongue coat.
Research: According to one clinical study, herbal formula containing Chen Pi successfully treated 134 patients suffering from cholelithiasis. 
Channels: Lung, Spleen
Taste: Acrid, Bitter
 Zhong Xi Yi fie He Za Zhi (Journal of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine), 1985; 10:591
Ju Hua (Flos Chrysanthemi):
Bitter and acrid in taste and cool in nature, Ye Ju Hua has is commonly used to clear heat and remove toxicity. Due to its strong heat clearing properties, Ye Ju Hua is used to treat furuncles and abscess due to heat-toxicity. It is also effective in treating sore throat and red eyes.
Research: In one report, 46 patients with hypertension were treated with an herb formula containing Ju Hua, with good results. 
Channels: Lung, Liver
Taste: Acrid, sweet, bitter
 Yi Xue ]i Shu Zi Lino (Resource of Medical Techniques), 1974; ( I :2): 113
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong):
A popular herb in traditional Chinese medicine, Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong) has been used since ancient times to activate the Qi and nourish the blood. Due to its excellent ascending, descending and dispersing functions, Chuan Xiong can reach every part of the body, being a valuable component in many herbal formulas. Chuan Xiong can also be used to treat irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea and pain caused by blood and Qi stagnation. Chuan Xiong can also dilate blood vessels to increase blood circulation to the coronary arteries and decrease oxygen consumption by the cardiac muscle.
Research: In one study, 50 patients with headaches were treated with a Chuan Xiong herb formula with great success. 
Channels: Liver, Gallbladder, Pericardium
 Shan Xi Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Shanxi journal Chinese Medicine), 1985; 10:44 7
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 with purgative. 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 accident 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
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, 128 patients with trachoma were treated with an herb formula containing Huang Qin with 97.1% rate of effectiveness. 
Channels: Lung, Gallbladder, Stomach, Large intestine
 Zhong Cao Yao Tong Xun (Journal of Chinese Herbal Medicine), 1978; 3:33
Shen Qu (Massa Fermentata):
Shen Qu (Massa Fermentata) is a well-known plant in Chinese medicine, mainly used to treat indigestion. Warm in nature, with a sweet and acrid flavor, Shen Qu is an excellent remedy for poor digestion, food stagnation, poor appetite, diarrhea and abdominal fullness. Besides treating indigestions and building appetite, Shen Qu is also a great way to strengthen the Spleen and relieve Liver Qi stagnation.
Research: In one study, 129 infants with indigestion were treated with a 91.5% rate of effectiveness with a Shen Qu herb formula. 
Channels: Spleen, Stomach
Taste: Sweet, acrid
 Zho11g Hua Er Ke Za Zhi (Chinese journal of Pediatrics), 1960; 3:23 1
Mu Xiang (Radix Aucklandiae):
Considered to be one of the 50 essential Chinese herbs, Mu Xiang (Radix Aucklandiae) is primarily used to treat Qi stagnation and Spleen and Stomach deficiencies. According to traditional Chinese medicine, when there is a disharmony between the Liver and Spleen, the transformation and transportation functions of the Spleen suffer. As a result, fluids become stagnant and damp-heat begins to accumulate. Mu Xiang helps promote the flow of Qi and Blood and remove fluid stagnation. Furthermore, by moving blood, this warm and acrid herb promotes oxygen delivery to cells. Mu Xiang is also beneficial in helping to detoxify the Liver.
Research: In a study, 8 patients with gallbladder disorder were treated with promising results with a Mu Xiang herb formula. 
Channels: Gallbladder, Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach
Taste: Acrid, bitter
 Zhong Hua Wai Ke Za Zhi (Chinese Journal of External Medicine), 1958; 1:24
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
Huo Xiang (Herba Agastache):
A slightly warm and aromatic herb, Huo Xiang (Herba Agastache) is commonly used to treat summer-damp. From a traditional Chinese perspective, when summer-dampness is stagnant in the middle Jiao, the transformation and transportation functions of the Spleen suffer, leading to poor appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal fullness. Huo Xiang also does an excellent job at harmonizing the Stomach and relieving nausea and vomiting and headaches, three of the most common hangover symptoms.
Research: Acting on the Stomach meridian, this acrid and aromatic herb helps increase the secretion of gastric acid and promotes digestion.  More than that, Huo Xiang helps the body cool down and eliminates hangover hot flushes.
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Lung
Temperature: Slightly warm
Taste: Acrid, aromatic
 Zhong l'cw Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 323:324
Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae):
Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae), is commonly used to remove dampness, expel cold and stop pain. This acrid and warm herb goes to the Lung, Spleen and Stomach channels, and is a great way to dispel cold and relieve pain. Its main functions are to treat headache, muscle aches, sinus congestion and to reduce swelling. It is also used as a remedy for prolonged diarrhea caused by excessive damp.
Research: According to one report, patients with occipital headaches were treated with good results with Bai Zhi herb formula. 69 out of 73 patients showed significant improvement after Bai Zhi treatment. 
Channels: Lung, Spleen, Stomach
 Xi11 Yi Xue (New Medicine), 1976; 1:8
Ge Gen (Radix Puerariae):
This sweet, acrid and cool herb enters the Spleen and Stomach channels and it is valued for its heat clearing and unclogging properties. For more than 1.000 years, Ge Gen (Radix Puerariae) has been used to generate body fluids and to clear the meridians. According to Chinese medicine, internal heat can dry body fluids, leading to thirst, dry mouth, increased intake of water and irritability. Due to its properties, Ge Gen can clear away heat and promotes fluid movement, eliminating toxic elements and soothes the effects of alcohol. Ge Gen can also be used to treat and eliminate wind-heat symptoms, such as headaches, stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulders.
Research: In one study, 53 patients with migraine headaches were treated with a Ge Gen herb formula. After 22 days of treatment, the effectiveness rate of the treatment was 83%. 
Channels: Spleen, Stomach
 Zhong Hua Nei Ke Za Zhi (Chinese journal of Internal Medicine), 1977; 6:326
Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis):
Acrid, warm and dispersing in nature, Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis) is an excellent herb to promote movement of Qi and reduce stagnation. It is one of the key herbs to regulate Qi circulation of the Spleen and treat hangover symptoms. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Qi stagnation leads to dampness accumulations in the middle Jiao. As a result, patients suffering from Qi stagnation often experience abdominal fullness, nausea, vomiting and decreased intake of food. Due to its spicy properties, Hou Po has a dispersing quality, helping the body to push out the toxins left behind by alcohol.
Research: Administration of Hou Po herb formula has demonstrated an inhibiting effect on the central nervous system. 
Channels: Lung, Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach
Taste: Bitter, spicy, aromatic
 Yao Xue Tong Bao (Report of Herbology), 1985; 20(9):522
Qing Hao (Herba Artemisiae Annuae):
Cold in nature, Qing Hao (Herba Artemisiae Annuae) is commonly used to clear yin-deficient heat. Clinical manifestations of yin-deficient heat include steaming-bone sensations with no perspiration, thirst, soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees and irritability. Bitter and acrid, Qing Hao disperses heat without consuming yin or body fluids.
Research: According to one report, 126 patients with high fever were treated with intramuscular injections of Qing Hao, with 68.25% rate of effectiveness. 
Channels: Liver, Gallbladder, Stomach
Taste: Bitter, acrid
 Hu Bei Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Hubei journal of Chinese Medicine), 1983; 2:17
Tian Hua Fen (Radix Trichosanthis):
Tian Hua Fen (Radix Trichosanthis), also known as the Chinese cucumber, is a well-known herb used to clear heat and generate body fluids. According to traditional Chinese medicine, when internal heat remains untreated, it may create dryness or can damage the Yin. Cold and slightly sweet in nature, Tian Hua Fen is a great remedy for irritability, dry lips, mouth and tongue and thirst. Tian Hua Fen can also clear heat, pushing toxic accumulation out of the body.
Research: According to one study, administration of Tian Hua Fen has been showed to raise blood glucose levels in rabbits. 
Channels: Lung, Stomach
Taste: Bitter, slightly sweet
 Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 123:125
Mai Ya (Fructus Hordei Germinatus):
Entering the Spleen and Stomach channels, Mai Ya (Fructus Hordei Germinatus) harmonizes them and strengthens their functions of transformation and transportation. It is effective in promoting digestion and eliminating food stagnation. Mai Ya also enters the Liver channel, treating Liver qi stagnation.
Research: In one study, 161 patients with hepatitis were treated with Mai Ya syrup, with good results. Marked improvement was reported in 48 out of 56 patients with acute hepatitis, and 60 out of 105 patients with chronic hepatitis. 
Channels: Liver, Spleen, Stomach
 Xin Yi Yao Tong Xun (Journal of New Medicine and Herbology), 1972; 1:2 1
Bo He (Herba Menthae):
Also known as Mint Herb, Bo He (Herba Menthae) is one of the most refreshing herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine. Cool, acrid and aromatic, Bo He covers the channels of Lung and Liver and is commonly used to regulate Qi flowing and to treat sore throats, headaches, colds and chest discomforts. In traditional Chinese medicine, alcohol is considered a poison that overwhelms the body, leading to heat accumulation on the Liver. Liver Qi stagnation usually causes irritability, headaches, sensitivity to light and strong odors and muscle tension. Bo He enters the Liver and soothes and relives Qi Stagnation, eliminating hangover symptoms. Bo He is also used to treat damp-heat accumulation in the abdomen characterized by symptoms such abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances. Due to its cold nature and acrid taste, this herb balances the Qi, helping the body to overcome these symptoms.
Research: In one report, 73 patients suffering from high fever were effectively treated with Bo He formula, 13 of them showing 92.76% signs of recovery within 24 hours of treatment. 
Channels: Lung, Liver
 Zho11g Yi Za Zhi (Journal of Chinese Medicine), 1991; 32(3):52
Chi Shi Zhi (Halloysitum Rubrum):
According to traditional Chinese medicine, large Intestine qi deficiency occurs when diarrhea persists for a long time. When Spleen qi also becomes deficient, organ prolapse, especially of the rectum, occurs. In addition to diarrhea, the patient will feel fatigue, weak limbs, dull abdominal pain, and a preference for pressure and warmth. Chi Shi Zhi (Halloysitum Rubrum) stops chronic diarrhea in ulcerative colitis, chronic enteritis, dysentery and intestinal tuberculosis
Research: According to one report, 14 patients with rectal prolapse were effectively treated with an herb formula containing Chi Shi Zhi. 
Channels: Stomach, Large Intestine
taste: Sweet, sour, astringent
 Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 892:893