SLIM-IT -Herbal Weight Loss

SLIM-IT -Herbal Weight Loss



  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Increases Digestive Fuction
  • Promotes Healthy Weight Loss
  • Increases Energy Levels
  • Lowers Cholesterol
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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:
This formula optimizes digestive function and encourages weight loss. The herbs in this formula have been shown in studies to be effective in lowering fat content, boosting metabolism and increasing endocrine function.

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.

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Dosage based on body weight. Take Slim-It for a minimum of 3 months.  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

Shan Zha,  Shen Qu,  Lai Fu Zi, Chen Pi,  Mu Xiong,  Fu Ling, Che Qian Zi, Ban Xia, Yu Jin, Da Huang, Huang Qi, Bai Zhu, Rou Gui, Zhi Gan Cao

Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi):
Sweet and sour, Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi) has been used since ancient times to promote digestion, relieve food retention and to activate blood circulation. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Shan Zha’s main property is to soften hard masses and eliminate food stagnation. It is especially effective to promote digestion of red meat or oily and fatty foods. Used in combination with other herbs, Shan Zha can activate blood circulation and remove blood stagnation.  A great cholesterol clearer this herb has also been used in formulas to treat hypertension, coronary artery disorders, angina and hypercholesterolemia.

Research: In one study, 127 patients with hyperlipidaemia were treated with powdered extract of Shan Zha. After two weeks of treatment the study reported that 92% of the patients experienced a reduction of their cholesterol levels. [1]
Channels: Liver, Spleen, Stomach
Temperature: Slightly warm
Taste: Sweet, sour
LiaoNing Zhong Yi (Liaoning Chinese Medicine), 1979; 5:23

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

Lai Fu Zi (Semen Raphani):
Lai Fu Zi (Semen Raphani), commonly known as radish seed, is widely cultivated and used all over China. According to one Chinese saying, “radish in the winter and ginger during summer keep the doctor away.” Acting on the Spleen, Stomach and Lung channels, Lai Fu Zi is used to promote digestion and to treat indigestion and phlegm. In pharmacological experiments, Lai Fu Zi has also been shown to have antihypertensive effects, and is used to treat cholesterol disorders.

Research: In one report, 32 elderly patients, over 60 years of age, with chronic habitual constipation were treated with Lai Fu Zi powder. The overall rate of effectiveness of the treatment was 90.6%. [1]
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Lung
Temperature: Neutral
Taste: Acrid, sweet
Chong Qing Yi Yao (Chongching Medicine and Herbology), 1986; 6:46

Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae):
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae) refers to the dried peel 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 laboratory studies, injection of Chen Pi has been shown to stimulate contraction of smooth muscle and to increase intestinal peristalsis. [1]
Channels: Lung, Spleen
Temperature: Warm
Taste: Acrid, Bitter
Jiang Su Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Jiangsu Journal of Chinese Medicine), 1981; (3):61

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. [1]
Channels: Gallbladder, Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach
Temperature: Warm
Taste: Acrid, bitter
[1] 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. [1]
Channel: Heart, Lungs, Spleen
Temperature: Neutral                      
Taste: Sweet
[1] The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 30, No. 4, 551–560

Che Qian Zi (Semen Plantaginis):
Sweet in flavor and cold in nature, Che Qian Zi (Semen Plantaginis) is traditionally used to dispel damp-heat from the lower jiao. Due to its amazing actions of clearing retained heat in the bladder and regulating water passages, it is suitable for treating painful urination, burning dysuria or dribbling urination with pain and swelling. It can be used to drain dampness and stop diarrhea.

Research: In one study, 63 out of 69 infants with diarrhea showed complete recovery within one to two days of treatment with a Che Qian Zi herb formula.[1]
Channels: Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Liver, Lung
Temperature: Cold
Taste: Sweet
Zhong Xi Yi fie He Za Zhi (Journal of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine), 1987; 11:697

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. [1]
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Lung
Temperature: Warm
Taste: Acrid
Jiang Su Zhong Yi Zn Zhi (Jiangsu journal of Chinese Medicine), 1987; 3: 16

Yu Jin (Radix Curcumae)
Used since ancient times to promote the flow of Qi in the body, Yu Jin 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 also used to clear heat from the Heart and to treat cases of heat, dampness and phlegm covering the Heart, as well as anxiety and irritability.

Research: In one study, patients with coronary artery disease were treated with great results with a herb formula containing Yu Jin. [1]
Channels: Heart, Liver, Gallbladder
Temperature: Cold
Taste: Bitter, Acrid
[1] ShangHai Zhong Yi Yao Za Zhi (Shanghai journal of Chinese Medicine and Herbology), 1986; 12:40

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. [1]
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Large Intestine, Liver, Heart
Temperature: Cold
Taste: Bitter
[1] Zhong Xi Yi fie He Za Zhi (Journal of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine), 1983; 1:19

Huang Qi (Radix Astragali):
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. Sweet and slightly warm, Huang Qi (Radix Astragali) strengthens the Spleen qi, fixing the Spleen’s inability to carry out its transportation functions. Huang Qi is a key herb in promoting normal circulation of water and treating conditions such as facial edema, superficial edema and sensations of heaviness in the body. Excellent at treating Spleen qi deficiency, Huang Qi can also treat conditions like fatigue, shallow face appearance, tired extremities and other Spleen deficiency symptoms.

Research: According to laboratory studies, decoction of Huang Qi has been shown to increase the basal metabolic rate in mice. [1]
Channels: Spleen, Lung
Temperature: Slightly warm
Taste: Sweet
Zhong Yao Yao Li Yu Lin Chuang (Pharmacology and Clinical Applications of Chinese Herbs), 1985:193

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 and unblocks blood stagnation. It can be used to eliminate night sweats and stop spontaneous perspiration.
Channels: Spleen, Stomach
Temperature: Warm
Taste: Bitter-Sweet

Research: In one study, 50 women with post-surgical constipation were treated with an herb formula containing Bai Zhu, with satisfactory results.[1]
Channels: Spleen, Stomach
Temperature: Warm
Taste: Bitter-Sweet
Xin Yi Yao Xue Za Zhi (New Journal of Medicine and Herbology), 1979; 6:27

Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi):
Also known as dried cinnamon bark, Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi) is commonly used reinforce fire and treat Kidney yang deficiencies. Disorders caused by Kidney yang deficiency are characterized by intolerance to cold, cold extremities, weakness and soreness of low back and knees. Hot in temperature, with a sweet and acrid taste, Rou Gui warms the middle jiao and treats digestive disorders that are cold in nature. Although mild in action, Rou Gui is effective at stimulating digestion, dispel gas and relieve spasmodic pain in the stomach and intestines. Rou Gui can also activate blood to resolve stasis. It is often combined with other blood activating herbs to treat symptoms such as menstrual pain or profuse bleeding.

Research: According to laboratory studies, essential oil of Rou Gui has a mild stimulating effect on the gastrointestinal system. It increases the secretion of salivation and gastric acid, enhancing the digestive function and alleviating intestinal spasm and pain. [1]
Channels: Heart, Kidney, Liver, Spleen
Temperature: Hot
Taste: Acrid, Sweet
Zhong Yao Xue (Chinese Herbology), 1998; 373:376

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. 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, Zhi Gan Cao can treat disorders such as fatigues, shortness of breath or loose stools. Acting on the Spleen channel, Zhi Gan Cao can also be used to treat cramps and pain, especially in the abdominal tissues. Cramps are a result of Spleen deficiency and Liver excess and this sweet, neutral herb is known to harmonize these elements.

Research: According to one study, 8 out of 9 patients with declining pituitary function were treated successfully with a Gan Cao formula. [1]
Channels: Spleen, Stomach, Lung and Heart
Temperature: Neutral
Taste: Sweet
[1] Zhong Hua Yi Xue Za Zhi (Chinese journal of Medicine), 1975; 10:718