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
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. 
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
Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis recens):
Sheng Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiveris Recens), also known as fresh ginger root, has been used in Asian cooking recipes since ancient times. Valued for its health properties, Shen Jiang is also used in Chinese medicine to treat and prevent colds, enteritis and stomach problems. Slightly warm, Shen Jiang can induce perspiration and is commonly used to treat the early stages of wind-cold syndrome. This acrid herb can warm the Lung, dispelling cold and stopping coughing.
Research: Administration of Shen Jiang has been shown to effectively reduce the severity of nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy. 
Channels: Lung, Spleen, Stomach
Temperature: Slightly warm
 Dissertation Abstr llllerant, 1987,8:3297
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
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan):
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, blood stagnation dries the body, leading to abdominal masses such as tumors or fibroids. Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan) is a natural herb used to treat some of the most common stress symptoms, such as irritability and frustration. 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 menstruation or epistaxis during menstruation.
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 an increased oestradiol production and reduced peri-menopausal associated symptoms. In another study, a Mu Dan Pi herb formula was given to 20patients with hypertension. The formula demonstrated good results, lowering the blood pressure after approximately 5 days. 
Channel: Heart, Liver, Kidney
Taste: Bitter, acrid
 Jin, Y. (1998). 2EVWHWULFV DQG Gynecology in Chinese Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.
 LiaoNing Yi X11e Za Zhi (Liaoning journal of Medicine), 1960; (7):48