SLEEP -General Insomnia

SLEEP -General Insomnia



  • Promotes Healthy Sleep
  • Difficulty Falling Asleep
  • Difficulty Staying Sleep
  • Excessive Dreaming
  • Sedates the Mind
  • Generates Fluids
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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 powerful herbs in this formula help with Difficulty Falling and Staying Asleep by nourishing the blood of the heart and liver and relaxing the body. When the blood of heart and liver are deficient, insomnia and restlessness occur.  
-Take this formula for general insomnia with difficulty falling or staying asleep.
-If you feel so exhausted you can't fall asleep, take "Sleep -Brain Burnout".  
-If you can't stop thoughts from continuing to play out in your mind, take "Sleep -Overactive Mind".

How To Take It:
Herbs are plant based with few side effects, unlike pharmaceuticals.  The gentle nature of herbs necessitates larger doses; think of them as healing foods.

Phone Consults:  Available by Appointment Only

Divide Daily Total into 2 doses:
Take *1st dose 60-90 Minutes Before Sleep and *2nd dose when getting into bed. 

Most effective when used with weekly Acupuncture.

Body Weight      Daily Total
100-140 lbs      *9 Caps Total
140-170 lbs      *10 Caps Total
170-210 lbs      *11 Caps Total
210-250 lbs     *12 Caps Total
Over 250 lbs   *13 Caps Total

Suan Zao Ren, Yuan Zhi, Fu Ling, Dan Shen, Gou Teng, Ye Jiao Teng, Shen Qu, Zhi Mu, Sheng Di, Long Gu, Mu Li, Bai Zi Ren, Zhi Gan Cao

Suan Zao Ren (Semen Zizyphi Spinosae):
Suan Zao Ren (Semen Zizyphi Spinosae), also known as jujube seed, is a wonderful medicinal plant widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. This sweet plant, with neutral properties, nourishes the heart and calms the Shen (spirit), fighting insomnia or difficulty falling or staying asleep. Suan Zao Ren works by nourishing the liver and tranquilizing the heart, calming both the mind and the body. Patients with Shen disturbance due to Liver yin deficiency often suffer from insomnia, palpitations, irritability and bad temper.

Research: According to one report, 30 patients with insomnia were treated with Suan Zao Ren, with significant improvement in 9 cases, moderate improvement in 19 cases and no improvement at all in 2 cases. [1]
Channels: Heart, Liver
Temperature: Neutral
Taste: Sweet
[1] Xin Zhong Yi (New Chinese Medicine), 1982; (11):35

Yuan Zhi (Radix Polygalae):
According to traditional Chinese medicine, a disturbed Shen (Spirit) is often the cause of insomnia. Acrid, bitter and slightly warm, Yuan Zhi clams the Heart, relieving symptoms of insomnia, restlessness, palpitations or forgetfulness. Yuan Zhi is also used to dissolve phlegm and stop coughing. Due to its dispelling properties, it is a great remedy for patients with profuse sputum that is difficult to expectorate.

Research: Studies on mice showed that the root, bark and entire plant of Yuan Zhi have sedative effects. [1]
Channels: Lung Heart
Temperature: Slightly warm
Taste: Acrid, bitter
[1] Zhong Yao Yao Li Yu Ying Yang (Pharmacology and Applications of Chinese Herbs}, 1983; 477

Fu Ling (Poria):
Used since ancient times, Fu Ling (Poria) is commonly used to move stagnant fluids and nourish the Spleen and Kidney. According to traditional Chinese medicine, this sweet and bland herb covers the channels of heart, lungs, spleen and kidneys. It is primarily used to treat urinary difficulties, dampness, diarrhea, edema, headache or dizziness. Fu Ling can also strengthen the Qi, calm the mind and soothe the nerves. Due to its nourishing properties Fu Ling can be included in an herb formula that helps fight insomnia.

Research: According to one study, thirty patients with edema were successfully treated with herb formula including Fu Ling. The formula showed effective results in 23 out of 30 cases. [1]
Channels: Heart, Spleen, Kidney
Temperature: Neutral
Taste: Sweet, bland
[1] Sha11g Hai Zhong Yi Yao Za Zhi (Shanghai Journal of Chinese Medicine and Herbology), 1986; 8:25

Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae):
Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae) is used in traditional Chinese medicine to cool and nourish the blood and calm the Shen (Spirit). Heat in the blood can lead to irritability, insomnia, high fever and even delirium. Dan Shen is also used to treat diseases related to Heat blood deficiency, such as palpitations or insomnia. Cool in nature, Dan Sen invigorates blood circulation and can treat arthritis, redness or swelling.

Research: According to one study, injection of Dan Shen was 61% effective in treating 100 patients with diagnosed insomnia. [1]
Channels: Heart, Pericardium, Liver
Temperature: Cool
Taste: Bitter
[1] Si Chua11 Zho11g Yi (Sichuan Chinese Medicine), 1986; 4:42

Gou Teng (Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis):
Sweet and slightly cold, Gou Teng (Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis) goes to the Liver and Pericardium channels. It is primarily used to clear heat and extinguish Liver wind. According to traditional Chinese medicine Liver wind is one of the main causes of convulsions, tremors, spasms, seizures, clenching of the teeth, irritability and restlessness. Due to its calming properties, Gou Teng extinguishes Liver wind, relieving convulsion. By clearing away heat, Gou Tent also calms and pacifies the Liver, helping patients fight insomnia. Combined with other herbs, it can be an excellent component of the sleep herb formula.

Research: In one report, extract of Gou Teng has been associated with spontaneous decrease of physical activities in mice. [1]
Channels: Liver, Pericardium
Temperature: Cool
Taste: Sweet
[1] Zhong Yao Yao Li Yu Ying Yong (Pharmacology and Applications of Chinese Herbs), 1983; 786

Ye Jiao Teng (Caulis Polygoni Multiflori):
Ye Jiao Teng (Caulis Polygoni Multiflori) nourishes the Heart, treating insomnia and other sleep disorders caused by Heart blood deficiency. Sweet and slightly bitter, with neutral properties, Ye Jiao Teng is fit for treating insomnia due to lack of nourishment to the Heart and difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep cause by Yin-blood deficiencies.
Channels: Heart, Liver
Temperature: Neutral
Taste: Sweet, slightly bitter

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. [1]
Channels: Spleen, Stomach
Temperature: Warm
Taste: Sweet, acrid
[1] Zho11g Hua Er Ke Za Zhi (Chinese journal of Pediatrics), 1960; 3:23 1

Zhi Mu (Radix Anemarrhenae):
Excess heat can easily lead to thirst with desire for cold drinks. Patients suffering from thirst and dryness can have difficulties staying asleep due to the need for water intake. Cold in nature, Zhi Mu clears excess heat from the Qi and extinguishes fire, quenching thirst and dryness.

Research: According to one report,  56 patients with acute rheumatism were treated with 71.4% rate of effectiveness with a herb formula containing Zhi Mu. [1]
Channels: Lung, Stomach, Kidney
Temperature: Cold
Taste: Bitter, sweet
[1] li Lin Zhong Yi Yao (Jilin Chinese Medicine and Herbology), 1992; (1):16

Sheng Di (Radix Rehmanniae):
With a rich and gooey texture, Sheng Di (Radix Rehmanniae) 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 one’s health. A lack of Yin can lead to a variety of problems, such as respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disorders and irregular menstruations. Due to its rich nature, Sheng Di nourishes and invigorates the blood, strengthens the kidneys and stimulates the Yin.

Research: Sheng Di can also help maintain normal blood levels. In one study, 62 patients with cardiovascular disorders were treated with Sheng Di 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

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 enter the Heart and the Liver channels and has a calming effect over these. 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. [1]
[1] Zhe Jiang Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Zhejiang journal of Chinese Medicine), 1982; 6:273
Channels: Heart, Liver
Temperature: Cool
Taste: Sweet, astringent

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 insomnia remedy.
Channels: Liver, Kidney
Temperature: Cool
Taste: Salty, astringent

Bai Zi Ren (Semen Platycladi):
Rich in oils, Bai Zi Ren (Semn Platycladi) is a great remedy for blood-deficient insomnia. Acting on the Heart meridian, it has nourishing properties, inducing calm and sedation. It is commonly used as a remedy for palpitations, restlessness, dizziness and insomnia. Due to its oily properties, Bai Zi Ren can also moisten the intestines, relaxing the bowels and relieving intestinal dryness.

Research: According to one report, 5 patients suffering from insomnia were treated with good result with an herb formula containing Bai Zi Ren. [1]
Channels: Heart, Kidney, Large Intestine
Temperature: Neutral
Taste: Sweet
[1] Ding Gan-Ren Yi An (Shanghai: Shanghai Scientific & Technical Publishers, 2001, by Chris Flanagan

Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata):
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata) is the honey-fried version of Gan Cao. Stronger than the unprocessed herb, Zhi Gan Cao is even more effective in strengthening the Qi and treating Spleen and Stomach deficiencies. 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. Qi and blood deficiency can also cause palpitations, arrhythmia and intermittent pulse, but, due to its nourishing effects, Zhi Gan Cao is an excellent remedy for these symptoms.
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Lung and Heart
Temperature: Neutral
Taste: Sweet