Known as “5 Taste Fruit” in Chinese Medicine, this berry contains all flavors (sour, sweet, bitter, salty and acrid) which lend to its ability to affect the body in numerous ways. Commonly used for issues from anti-aging to sleep, stress and anxiety, this berry has many profound benefits when paired with certain complementary herbs.
This tiny seed gently warms the Kidney Yang, tonifies the Kidney Yin and nourishes the Liver. Its high flavonoid content improves all functions related to conception and potency.
Eucommia directly enters the Kidney channel, strongly tonifies the Liver and Kidneys and working with paired herbs improves fertility and conception.
Cinnamon is very warming and results in improved circulation and digestion. Studies have demonstrated even a small amount of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon, can also help lessen the impact on your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating.
Dipsacus is commonly used in conjunction with Niu Xi above, to enhance the effects of both herbs. Dipsacus treats both the liver and kidney channels, key components in menstrual irregularities. Being sweet and slightly warm it can strengthen the enhance yang energy. (Women are predominantly yin and can always use more yang energy). Dipsacus promotes blood circulation without the sticky properties of some herbs. Its main Chinese medicine functions include tonify the liver and kidneys, strengthen sinews and bones and gently invigorating blood, and alleviating pain.
Achyranthes has a long history of use for maintaining healthy blood flow. Its most common uses are for invigorating the blood, unblocking the menses and moving the blood in the channels especially in the low back. This herb is wonderful for pain related to trauma because it works quickly by increasing blood flow. Recent research shows Achyranthes has an abundance of polysaccharides which enhance red blood cells and effect platelet aggregation. It is best for relieving pain, reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure. (published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine, 8 (3): 165-167, 1997).
White peony is one of the most often used herbs in Chinese herbal medicine. It is an extremely effective tonic herb and is used to purify the blood. White peony is legendary as a muscle relaxant, it relieves cramps (in the stomach and elsewhere) and reduces pain. Its antispasmodic and analgesic qualities are magnified when used with licorice root.
Known as the “Queen” herb for women Dang Gui is in nearly every Pacific Herbs product. The reason for this is summed up in the Chinese medicine phrase “10 formulas, 9 angelicas.” In other words, 9 out of every 10 formulas include dang gui. (AKA angelicae) It has been this way for over 2000 years and will continue to be this way. Dang gui is a blood tonic herb. It gently helps our livers, builds, clean and purifies our blood.
Note: Pacific Herbs uses only organic quality dang gui.
Whether you call it Goji Berry, Gou Qi Zi, Chinese Wolfberry or Lycium it is all a power packed little red berry that has recently been discovered in the West, but has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for millennia. Traditionally grown on bushy vines in mountainous areas, Lycium fruit provides energy, is commonly used to strengthen the immune system and is used in our menopause supplement for its ability to improve sexual fluids and enhance fertility functions. (It also tastes great!)
Lycium Fruit has a high concentration of beta-carotene, vitamins B1 and B2, as well as vitamin C. It also contains eighteen kinds of amino acids and important trace minerals. Heat processing can destroy all these vitamins so be sure your Lycium berry is processed in only pharmaceutical grade facilities, like ours to preserve all its natural constituents.
Epimedium nourishes your yin and improves and promotes healthy bone density with trace minerals and bone growth factors. Epimedium has many research studies showing its ability to improve bone density while protecting the bones from typical degenerative aging by protecting cells with well known phytonutrients. Epimedium is also commonly known as Horny Goat weed, most likely for its powerful physical yang stimulating effects on energy. You may have heard of it as a sexual tonic but in TCM it is considered both a Yin and Yang tonic herb. We use it in our herb pack because it serves both these functions. While its important to nourish our yin while we age, women can always use supportive herbs for our yang energy, especially during peri-menopause and menopause. Epimedium is used in a famous ancient formula for fertility known as Two Immortal Pill because of its ability to tonify the liver and kidney energy and both the yin and yang. It is a commonly used herb for all menopause symptoms including, hot flashes, night sweats, mental disturbances, irritability, insomnia and palpitations. Combined with the other herbs in out menopause treatment, it has remarkable functions. The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences places this herbs in a group of elite group of herbs that slow aging and promote longevity.
Fructus Cornus is used in approximately twenty key Traditional Chinese herbal formulas because of its ability to stabilize the adrenals, stop excessive sweating and tonify both the liver and kidney energy. It has other uses as well along with providing an important function of enhancing other herbs in this formula. Fructus Cornus is commonly used in conjuction with Rehmannia and Discorea to nourish and tonify the liver and kindey channels for healthy aging. This herbal threesome creates a powerful triangle of healing energy when used together.
Rehmannia supports the yin and has key nutrients. Rehmannia is one of the most important herbs used in Asian medicine to nourish the kidneys the liver and strengthen the essence. What this means is it improves adrenal function. We use the cooked form in our herb pack as a tonic to nourish and replenish the hormonal balance. TCM considers this herb a blood tonic and can be used by both men and women to protect the liver. There is also evidence that cooked Rehmannia lowers blood pressure which naturally rises as we age. Rehmannia has been known through-out the ages as “the great nourisher” because of its many anti-aging, and rejuvenating functions.
Known Constituents of Rehmannia: Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic-acid, Aucubin, Beta-sitosterol, Calcium, Catalpol, Copper, D-fructose, D-galactose, D-glucose, Gaba, Glucosamine, Glutamic- acid, Glycine, Histidine, Iron, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Magnesium, Manganese, Manninotriose, Mannitol, Melittoside, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Phosphoric-acid, Potassium, Proline, Raffinose, Rehmaglutins, Rehmanniosides, Serine, Stachyose, Sucrose, Threonine, Tyrosine, Valine, Verbascose, Zinc, Vitamins A, B, C, D, amino acids, cerebroside.