WOMEN'S HEAT BALANCER Herbal Medicine
WOMEN'S HEAT BALANCER Herbal Medicine
- Balances Hormones
- Nourishes Yin
- Tonifies Blood
- Optimizes Digestive Function
- Nourishes Dryness
- Soothes Irritability
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:
This formula deals with the “Root” causes of Menopause related issues by Balancing Hormones, Nourishing Yin & Blood and Boosting Spleen Function.
How It Works:
The Herbs in the formula “Women's Heat Balancer” address the issues of Liver & Kidney Yin Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency and Blood Deficiency that develop with age and stress. As we use herbs to nourish the Yin and Blood, care must be taken to also tonify the spleen to support digestive function so that the cloying nature of these herbs does not create stagnation. In addition, there are herbs that balance hormones naturally so that long term effects are achieved.
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 “Women's -Heat Relief” to address the Symptoms of Menopause. Once they are under control, usually within 4-8 weeks, the patient would then add in “Women's-Heat Balancer” for 4-8 weeks and gradually decrease dosage after that time under the care of their acupuncturist.
Available by Appointment Only
Dosage based on body weight. Take for a minimum of 6-8 weeks.
Most effective when used with weekly Acupuncture.Body Weight Daily Total
100-140 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, Dang Gui, Bai Shao, Bai Zhu, Fu Ling, Gan Cao, Bo He, Chi Shao, Mu Dan Pi, Zhi Zi, Yu Jin, Yi Mu Cao, Nu Zhen Zi, Han Lian Cao, He Shao Wu, Chen Pi, Go Qi Zi, Gan Jian
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.
Research: In one study, Chai Hu was associated with effectiveness in reducing body temperature in rabbits. 
Channels: Liver, Gallbladder
Taste: Bitter, acrid
 Yang Lin, 1998
Dang Gui (Radicis Angelicae Sinensis):
Dang Gui (Radicis Angelicae Sinensis) is a traditional Chinese herb formula used to treat and eliminate menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome. According to ancient Chinese medicine, blood deficiency and stagnation often leads to hot flashes, irritability, flushed cheeks, fatigue and palpitations, all common symptoms of peri-menstrual and menstrual women.
Research: According to one study, 112 patients suffering from menstrual pains showed signs of relief after 20 days of treatment with Dang Gui. 
Channels: Heart, Liver, Spleen
Taste: Sweet, Acrid
 Lan Zho11 Yi Xue Y11a11 Xue Bao (journal of Lanzhou University of Medicine), 1988; I :36
Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba):
Night sweating and hot flashes are a very common clinical symptom in peri-menopausal and menopausal women. Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) is used to balance the Yin and nourish blood and body fluids. Night sweating and hot flashes are a sign of Yin and Qi deficiencies and occur as Yang retreat to the interior of the body, pushing out the fluids. Bai Shao has the needed properties to nourish the blood and preserve the Yin level. A calming remedy for Liver-Yang rising, this cool and sour herb can also eliminate symptoms as dizziness, flushed face, irritability, bad temper, headache or vertigo.
Research: In a report from Zhejiang T.C.M. Magazine, conducted on menopausal women, showed that a herb formula using Bai Shao balances the Yin and ameliorated menopausal symptoms. 
Channels: Liver, Spleen
Taste: Bitter, sour
 Zhejiang T.C.M. Magazine (2) 1993
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae):
Known to invigorated the Qi and strengthen the Spleen, Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) is frequently used in Chinese medicine to eliminate dampness, promote diuresis and stop sweats. This bitter-sweet herb can also be a remedy for blood deficiency. Rich, nutritive and nourishing, Bai Zhu invigorates the Spleen, strengthens the Wei and unblocks blood stagnation. It can be used to eliminate night sweats and stop spontaneous perspiration.
Channels: Spleen, Stomach
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
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae):
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae), also known as Licorice root, is a highly used herb in Chinese medicine, especially as a harmonizer for other herbs. Although it can be used to treat all 12 channels, its main meridians are the Spleen, Stomach, Lung and Heart.
This sweet plant balances the Yin elements in the body and invigorates the Spleen and Stomach, improving the transformation and transportation functions of these channels. As a result, Gan Cao can treat disorders such as fatigues, shortness of breath or loose stools.
Research: According to one study, 8 out of 9 patients with declining pituitary function were treated successfully with a Gan Cao formula. 
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Lung and Heart
 Zhong Hua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Chinese journal of Medicine), 1975; 10:718
Bo He (Herba Menthae)
Also known as Mint Herb, Bo He (Herba Methae) 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 flow and to treat sore throats, headaches, colds and chest discomfort. In traditional Chinese medicine, Qi is considered the life energy that flows through the body. By adjusting the Qi flow of the body, Bo He can help control the production of hormones, thus ameliorating some of the most common menopausal symptoms. Bo He is also used to treat wind-heat syndrome, characterized by symptoms such as fever, dry mouth, absence of perspiration and rapid pulse.
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 Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubrae):
Slightly cold in nature with a bitter taste, Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubrae) acts on the liver channel, invigorating the Blood and removing Blood stasis in the uterus which can lead to amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea with blood clots. Chi Shao eliminates liver disturbances, which can lead to Qi and blood stagnations. Chi Shao can also be used to treat bruises and to reduce swelling from sores and abscesses.
Research: Chi Shao has been shown to effectively treat coronary artery disease. In a study, 125 patients suffering from coronary artery disease were treated with satisfactory results with this herb formula.
 Zhong ]i Yi Kan (Medium Medical journal), 1984; 9:49
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan):
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, menopausal symptoms occur due to kidney-Yin imbalances and blood stagnation. When there’s a kidney-Yin deficiency in the body, empty heat rising from kidneys leads to hot flushes. Furthermore, blood stagnation dries the body, leading to abdominal masses such as tumors or fibroids. Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan) is 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: One study using rats highlighted the positive benefits of this Yin-nourishing formula.  According to the research, rats that were treated with this herb showed increased estradiol production and reduced peri-menopausal associated symptoms. In another study, 32 patients treated with an herbal formula with Mu Dan Pi showed good signs after the treatment. 
Channel: Heart, Liver, Kidney
Taste: Bitter, acrid
 Jin, Y. (1998). 2EVWHWULFV DQG Gynecology in Chinese Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.
 Zho11g Xi Yi fie He Za Zhi (Journal of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine), 1985; 4:245
Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae)
Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae) is used in traditional Chinese medicine to eliminate heat, disperse fire and cool blood. Acting on the Heart, Lung, Stomach and San Jiao (or Triple Warmer), this bitter and cold herb is effective in lowering blood pressure, stopping bleeding and treating irritability. According to Chinese medicine, heat affecting the Heart leads to irritability, frustration and restlessness, all common symptoms of menopause. Furthermore, heat affecting the Lover leads to Liver-Qi stagnation, causing imbalance in the body. Zhi Zi can sedate the fire and treat the very causes of frustration, irritability and restlessness.
Research: Zhi Zi can also be used as an analgesic to treat different aches and pains. In a study, 110 patients treated with a herbal formula consisting of Zhi Zi showed good results. 
Channels: Heart, Lung, Stomach, San Jiao
 Si Chllan Zhong Yi (Sichuan Chinese Medicine), 1988; 9: 11
Yu Jin (Radix Curcumae):
Used since ancient times to promote the flow of Qi in the body, Yu Jin (Radix Curcumae) is a common remedy in Chinese medicine. Even today, this acrid and cold plant is used to stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxins. Yu Jin is very effective for women suffering from irregular menstruations, cramps or even menopause symptoms, such as irritability or dampness. According to Chinese medicine, irregular menstruation occurs when there is Qi stagnation in the Liver and irregularities in the Ren (conception) and Chong (thoroughfare) channels. Accompanying symptoms are cramps, bloating and dysmenorrhea during menstruation.
Research: Yu Jin is also used to clear heat from the Heart and to treat cases of heat, dampness, anxiety and irritability. Reports show that herb formulas including Yu Jin can address depression and anxiety during menopause. 
Channels: Heart, Liver, Gallbladder
Taste: Bitter, Acrid
Yi Mu Cao (Herba Leonuri):
Yi Mu Cao (Herba Leonuri) is one of the most commonly used herbs to treat various gynecological disorders caused by blood stagnation. Known to activate blood circulation and regulate menstruations, Yi Mu Cao is used to eliminate symptoms such as dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, scanty menstruation and pain caused by blood stasis.
A plant with weak estrogen, Yi Mu Cao is also used to reduce menopause symptoms.
Research: In a double blind trial, an herb formula containing Yi Mu Cao was found to effectively reduce the most common symptoms of menopause. 
Channels: Heart, Liver, Urinary Bladder
Taste: Acrid, Bitter
 Bob Flaws, Menopause and Chinese Medicine, 2006, 103
Nu Zhen Zi (Fructus Ligustri Lucidi):
In accordance with Chinese medicine, Yin deficiency creates heat, which leads to hot sensations, soreness and mood swings. Nu Zhen Zi (Fructus Ligustri Lucidi) nourishes the Yin and dispels heat to treat the most common symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, steaming bones sensations and other signs of Liver and Kidney Yin deficiencies.
Due to its specific focus on Liver and Kidney, Nu Zhen Zi can also treat dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo or prematurely gray hair. This cool and bitter-sweet plant is also used to improve blurred vision and treat dry eyes.
Research: According to one study, 30 patients with high cholesterols treated with a preparation of Nu Zhen Zi showed good signs of reduction. 
Channels: Liver, Kidney
Taste: Sweet, Bitter
 LiaoNing Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Liaoning journal of Chinese Medicine), 1981; 6:36
Han Lian Cao (Herba Ecliptae):
Known to nourish the Yin and invigorate the Kidney, Han Lian Cao (Herba Ecliptae) is frequently used in Chinese medicine to eliminate dizziness, vertigo and to relief soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees. Dominating the Kidney and Liver channels, Han Lian Cao can also cool the blood and stops bleedings. This cold and sweet plant enters the Liver channel to cool the blood and stop bleeding and is effective in controlling irregular menstruation.
Research: According to one report, two patients with profuse bleeding were completely recovered after following a treatment with Han Lian Cao formula. 
Channels: Liver, Kidney
Taste: Sweet, Sour
 Zhe Jiang Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Zhejiang journal of Chinese Medicine), 1988; 2:55
He Shou Wu (Radix Rehmanniae Preparata):
Slightly warm in nature, with a bitter-sweet taste, He Shou Wu (Radix Rehmanniae Preparata) acts on the Liver and Kidney channels, nourishing the blood and replenishing Jing. Deficient Liver Blood can lead to irregular menstruation and abnormal uterine bleeding. From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, nourishing the Yin and tonifying Kidney are essential in every menopause treatment. Since He Shou Wu focuses on replenishing Yin and essence and invigorating the Kidney and Liver, this sweet and bitter herb is highly recommended to treat the most common symptoms of menopause.
Research: He Shou Wu is also used to treat dizziness, insomnia, prematurely gray hair and soreness. According to one study, a formula containing this herb was 88.98% effective in treating 36 patients with prematurely gray hair.
Channels: Kidney, Liver
Temperature: Slightly warm
Taste: Sweet, Bitter, Astringent
 Shan Dong Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Shandong journal of Chinese Medicine), 1983; 4:41
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, a herbal formula containing 30 grams of Chen Pi successfully treated 85 out of 88 patients suffering from acute mastitis. 
Channels: Lung, Spleen
Taste: Acrid, Bitter
 Zhong Hua Wai Ke Za Zhi (Chinese Journal of External Medicine), 1959; 4:362
Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii)
Also known as Goji berries, Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii) has been used in Chinese medicine to invigorate Liver and Kidney Yin, to brighten the eyes to treat skin problems, insomnia and allergies. Rich in antioxidants and beta-carotene, Gou Qi Zi can be used as a skin-regenerator. It’s active components hydrate the skin and protect its elasticity. Gou Qi Zi can also be used to treat blurry vision, dizziness and soreness of the lower back and knees. Due to its action on the Liver and Kidney channels, this sweet herb can help fight insomnia, sallow appearance and steaming bones sensations, all common menopausal symptoms.
Research: In one clinical study, men with a low sperm count were effectively treated with a Gou Qi Zi formula. 
Channels: Liver, Kidney, Lung
 Zhong Guo Yao Li Xue Yu Du Li Xue Za Zhi (Journal of Herbology and Toxicology), 1985; 2(2):127
Gang Jiang (Rhizioma Zingiberis):
Gang Jiang (Rhizioma Zingiberis), also known as dried ginger root has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to induce heat and expel pathogenic cold. Gang Jiang warms the Heart, Lung, Spleen and Stomach channels and treats various kinds of bleedings. Due to its hot properties, this acrid herb can be used to treat and eliminate abnormal menstrual bleedings and irregular menstruations. Gang Jiang can also be used to treat the sensation of heaviness, coldness and pain in the back and lower body.
Research: In one report, 34 patients diagnosed with complex syndrome were treated with good results. 
Channels: Heart, Lung, Spleen, Stomach
 Zhong Yi Za Zhi (journal of Chinese Medicine), 1965; 11: