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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:
Chinese herbs are an all natural way to balance the hormonal changes brought on by Menopause or Peri-Menopause.  The work gently and more naturally than hormonal replacement and have been shown to be effective in both clinical and research environments.

What Does It Do:
The Herbs in this powerful formula Stop Hot Flashes, Eliminate Night Sweats and begin to Balance Hormones. They are also known to Clear Heat, Cool Blood and address insomnia.

How To Use It:
In Chinese medicine this formula would be used to treat what we call “The Branch” of the problem.  Hot flashes, night sweats and feelings of internal heat are “The Branch”, or symptoms of a deeper issue of Yin & Blood Deficiency. First, the patient would use “Menopause -Heat Clearer” to address the Symptoms of Menopause. Once they are under control, usually within 4-8 weeks, the patient would then add in “Menopause -Hormone Balancer”.

Ingredients:
Shu Di Huang, Shan Zhu Yu, Mu Dan Pi, Fu Ling, Ze Xie, Shan Yao, Zhi Mu, Huang Bai, Di Huang, Mai Dong, Wu Wei Zi

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Directions:
Dosage based on body weight. Take for a minimum of 6-8 weeks.
Most effective when used with weekly Acupuncture.

Body Weight          Daily Total 
100-130 lbs     6 Caps 3x day
130-150 lbs      7 Caps 3x day
150-170 lbs      8 Caps 3x day
170-200 lbs     9 Caps 3x day
200-230 lbs    10 Caps 3x day
Over 230 lbs   11 Caps 3x day

THE HERBS IN THIS FORMULA:

Shu Di Huang:

With a rich and gooey texture, Shu Di Huang is primarily used to treat blood deficiency and to invigorate the Yin. According to Chinese medicine, Yin moves with blood and is the foundation of a woman’s health. A lack of Yin can lead to a variety of problems, such as irregular menstruations, infertility, premature aging, respiratory disorders and even cardiovascular disorders. Due to its rich nature, Shu Di Huang nourishes and invigorates the blood, strengthens the kidneys and stimulates the Yin.

Shu Di Huang is especially useful in menstrual disorders. Due to blood deficiency and stagnation, menstruations are irregular and are accompanied by cramps and headaches. Shu Di Huang is also used to treat post-partum complications, hyper menorrhea or infertility.  Shu Di Huang can also help maintain the blood level normal.

*Research:   In one study, 62 patients with cardiovascular disorders were treated with Shu Di Huang for 2 weeks [1]. As a result, their blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels dropped.
Channel: Liver, Kidney
Temperature: Slightly warm
Taste: Sweet
[1] Cha11g l'o11g Zho11g l'ao Cheng Fen l'll l'ao Li Shou Ce (A Handbook of the Composition and Pharmacology of Common Chinese Drugs), 1994; 792-793

Shan Zhu Yu:
Shan Zhu Yu has been used for more than 2.000 years in traditional Chinese medicine, primarily to treat kidney related disease. This sours and slightly warm herb nourishes the liver and kidney and strengthens the body.  Treats symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, light-headedness, soreness and invigorates the liver blood and kidney Ying and Jing. 
It can also be used to treat impotence or infertility since in Chinese medicine the kidneys are related to reproduction.

*Research:  A study conducted on a double-blinded group of people showed that a herbal formula using Shan Zhu Yu was effective at improving erectile functions. [1]
Channels: Liver, Kidney
Temperature: Slightly warm
Taste: Sweet
[1]  Kam S.C., Choi S.M., Jeh S.U., Lee S.H., Hwa J.S., Jung K.H., Kang C.W., Hyun J.S.,"Efficacy and safety of a herbal formula that mainly consists of Cornus officinalis for erectile dysfunction: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study". Korean Journal of Urology. 48 (7) (pp 741-747), 2007.

Mu Dan Pi:
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, many menopausal symptoms occur due to kidney-Yin imbalances and blood stagnation. When there is kidney-Yin deficiency in the body, the empty heat rising from kidneys leads to hot flushes or hot flashes.. Blood stagnation dries the body and can lead to abdominal masses such as tumors or fibroids. 
Mu Dan Pi is a natural herb used to treat some of the most common menopausal related symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats or steaming bone sensations. This cool and bitter herb invigorates and moves the blood, nourishing and cooling your Yin energies.

Mu Dan Pi can also treat menstrual disorders, such as early menstruations or epistaxis during menstruations.

*Research:  According to the research, rats treated with this herb showed an increased oestradiol production and reduced peri-menopausal associated symptoms. In another study, 32 patients treated with a herb formula with Mu Dan Pi showed good signs after the treatment. [2]
Channel: Heart, Liver, Kidney
Temperature: Cool
Taste: Bitter, acrid
[1] Jin, Y. (1998). 2EVWHWULFV DQG Gynecology in Chinese Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.
[2] Zho11g Xi Yi fie He Za Zhi (Journal of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine), 1985; 4:245

Fu Ling:
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: A study investigating the regulatory effects of Fu Ling showed that mice treated with this herb had significantly increased the spleen cell ability to secrete. [1]
Channel: Heart, Lungs, Spleen
Temperature: Neutral             
Taste: Sweet
[1] The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 30, No. 4, 551–560

Ze Xie:
Ze Xie is a well-known plant in Chinese medicine, mainly due to its function to regulate water circulation, to resolve dampness and to expel heat. Its urination-boost functions make it a powerful diuretic and it’s used to reduce edema and urinary difficulties.

This slightly sweet herb can also be used to treat Kidney Yin deficiency, which is responsible for nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea and premature ejaculation. Ze Xie is used to treat dizziness and it is known for its effects on balancing blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels and blood sugar.

*Research: A clinical study conducted on 110 patients showed that a dosage of 27 grams of this herb, given three times a day, can significantly improve the cholesterol and triglyceride levels. For 44 patients, the cholesterol level dropped with 9% after one month of treatment. [1]

Due to its action on kidney deficiency and blood, Ze Xie is a perfect complement to the Menopause Heat Clearer formula
Channel: Kidney, Urinary Bladder
Temperature: Cold
Taste: Sweet, bland
[1] Zhong Hua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Chinese Journal of Medicine), 1976; 11:693

Shan Yao:
Shan Yao, also known as Rhizoma Dioscoreae, has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to strengthen the transportation and transformation functions of the Spleen and Stomach. This sweet, slightly warm herb enters the spleen, invigorating and nourishing the Qi, without hurting the Blood. It is used to treat fatigue, lack of energy, loose stools, poor appetite or food stagnation.

Nourishing in nature, Shan Yao can also be used to invigorate Kidney-Yin and to treat night sweats, dizziness or sore bones. Due to its helpful effects on Yin deficiency and Blood dryness,

*Research:  In a clinical trial, 58 women suffering from post-menopausal symptoms were treated with herbal formulas, including Shan Yao. [1] At the end of three months of treatment, the patients showed a significant improvement in kidney vacuity.
Channel: Kidney, Lung, Spleen
Temperature: Neutral
Taste: Sweet
[1] Zhong Yi Yan Jiu, Chinese Medical research, 2004, 32

Zhi Mu:
Excess heat in Lung and Stomach can often lead to irritability, high fever, perspiration and rapid pulse. Zhi Mu, unlike other heat-clearing herbs, can invigorate the Qi without drying the body or hurting the Yin. 
Zhi Mu has been used since ancient times to quench fire, remove heat, relieve dryness symptoms and help the production of body fluids.

In addition to its heat clearing functions, due to its sedative properties, Zhi Mu is also used as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and antipyretic formula.  This bitter-sweet formula nourishes the Yin, alleviating irritability and acting as a mood enhancement.

*Research: According to one study, 56 patients with acute rheumatism were treated with a herbal formula including Zhi Mu, with 71% effectiveness. [1]
Channel: Lung, Stomach, Kidney
Temperature: Cold
Taste: Bitter-Sweet
[1] li Lin Zhong Yi Yao (Jilin Chinese Medicine and Herbology), 1992; (1):16

Huang Bai:
Huang Bai is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb known for its power to consolidate Kidney-Yin and to treat heat deficiency. Extremely useful in treating the most common symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, steaming bones sensation or lower back pain, this ancient herb is especially prescribed for peri-menopausal and menopausal women. This herb is also be used to help fight irritability and mood swings.

*Research: A study revealed that the administration of an herb formula including Huang Bai significantly relieved at least one menopausal symptom. [1]

For men, Kidney-Yin deficiency translates into an avid sexual desire, premature ejaculation and nocturnal emissions.
Channel: Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Large Intestine
Temperature: Cold
Taste: Bitter
[1] Chen HY, Cho WCS, Sze SCW, et al. Treatment of menopausal symptoms with Er-xian decoction: A systematic review. Am J Chin Med. 2008;36(2):233–244.

Di Huang:  
Used to nourish Yin and treat Kidney-Yin deficiency Di Huang is one of the most regarded formulas in traditional Chinese medicine. This sweet and juicy herb generates body fluids motion, clearing heat and invigorating the Yin. It is commonly used to treat complications caused by heat excess in the body, such as irritability, hot flashes, fever, dry mouth, steaming bones sensations and soreness. It is an effective herb, which can perfectly complement the Menopause Heat Cleared formula.

Di Huang also treats heat invading the Ying, which often leads to high fever, dry mouth, restlessness or even delirium.

*Research:  In a clinical trial, 23 women who were treated with a Di Huang formula for three months, 60.95 of the patient showed improvements in menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, sweating, palpitation or insomnia.  [1]
Channels: Heart, Liver, Kidney
Temperature: Cold
Taste: Sweet, bitter
[1] China Pharmacopoeia 2000.

Mai Dong:
According to traditional Chinese medicine, Mai Dong moistens the Lung, nourishes the Yin and strengthen the Stomach. It is also used to treat Heart-Yin deficiency problems. 
Mai Dong treats dry mouth and cough and can also nourish Stomach-Yin and promote the generation of fluids.

This sweet and cold herb can also clear heat and help fight some of the most common menopausal-related symptoms. Due to Yin deficiency, heart heat rises, leading to irritability, insomnia, restlessness or palpitations. Mai Dong can nourish Heart-Yin and induce a sedative effect.

*Research: According to one study conducted on 100 elderly patients, they showed significant improvement in their overall health after for month of being treated with Mai Dong.  [1] 
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Heart
Temperature: Cool
Taste: Sweet, slightly bitter
[1] Zhong Guo Zhong Yao Za Zhi (People's Republic of China Journal of Chinese Herbology), 1992; 17(1 ):21

Wu Wei Zi:  
Also known as the “Five Flavor Herb”, Wu Wei Zi affects the Kidney, Lung and Heart. Wu Wi Zi’s main property is the ability to astringe fluid which is lost from sweating or urine, raising the Yang Qi and helping it circulate through the body. Since night sweats usually occur due to a Ying and Jing deficiency, Wu Wei Zi balances these two energies in the body, reducing excessive loss of body fluids.

Another important property of Wu Wei Zi is calming the Shen (spirit) and tranquilizing the heart. This powerful herb has sedative properties and can treat Yin and blood deficiency. Symptoms such as palpitations, anxiety or insomnia can be improved with a Wu Wei Zi formula.

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*Research: According to one study, Wu Wei Zi can also be used to treat prolonged labor. 72 out of 80 women who were given this herb formula during labor showed great results. [1]
Channel: Kidney, Lung, Heart
Temperature: Warm
Taste: Sour
[1] Zhotzg Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 878:881