Chinese Medical Herbology 103

In medicine, the barometers of general health are mood and memory, energy and sleep, appetite, digestion and elimination. If these health indicators are regular and appropriate than there is health, if they are irregular they can be modified and usually quite easily.

Atlantic Acupuncture and Earth Wind Botanicals have developed four formulas that address the balance of all of these health barometers. We have designed four formulas that have a very broad therapeutic range and we use 5:1 concentrated granular herbal medicines to ensure maximum bioavailability and ease of use.

Strength & Stamina (S&S) is a tonic formula that nourishes kidney essence, promotes digestive functions, nourishes blood, protects the liver, enhances blood circulation, and calms the mind.

S&S is used for invigorating all organ functions and enhancing strength and endurance. S&S is an adaptogen and research shows that the herbal medicines in S&S; decrease stress levels, adrenal hypertrophy, and vitamin C depletion while increasing stamina.

S&S enhances immune system function, protects the brain, Increases bone density and strength. Protects the liver and increases levels of dopamine and nor epinephrine in the brain which are tied to mood and energy levels.

Runners given the key ingredients in S&S finished their 10-kilometer race in 45 minutes, versus 52.6 minutes in the placebo groups. Anyone who takes part in running knows that this is a huge improvement. Elite cyclists had a similarly profound effect with a 23.3% increase in total work performed and a 16.3% increase in time to exhaustion. This means the athletes not only worked longer but harder as well.

The trend here is simple: studies conducted with highly active, well-trained persons, and the ingredients in S&S consistently exemplified a profound ergogenic, performance-enhancing effect. In otherwise healthy persons, S&S reduced the changes in heart rate and blood pressure associated with states of chronic stress. In patients with chronic fatigue, the ingredients in S&S were found effective not only in reducing fatigue, but also in improving quality of life. In elderly subjects, S&S improved cognitive function, social functioning, and quality of life.

The ingredients in S&S have been shown to; increases strength, flexibility and bone density, lower resting heart rate, stabilize blood pressure, reduce LDL cholesterol, and improves microcirculation, peristalsis, decrease stress response while showing marked improvements in memory and concentration.

Brain Food is an herbal formula made up of the most effective balance of the finest and most potent brain enhancing herbal medicines and has the best potential for deterring all of the signs and symptoms that are associated with dementia, senility and Alzheimer’s.

The components of Brain Food have been extensively evaluated have been shown in clinical trials to treat attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. This herb is also used to treat other kinds of brain dysfunctions, including epilepsy, mental retardation, and Alzheimer’s disease. Brain Food is shown to enhance brain functions by improving brain circulation. It has also been reported to be helpful in treating depression, peripheral neuropathy, and other blood circulation disorders.

Brain Foods constituents are antibiotic, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-diabetic. It also promotes endurance, regulates blood pressure, is anti-aging, protects the heart, liver and kidneys, reduces anxiety and depression, and greatly improves cognitive function. Benefits also include improved energy, better sleep, and improvement of digestive functions and all bowel conditions. Siberian ginseng invigorates blood circulation, lowers cholesterol, and is used to treat anemia, constitutional weakness, and helps offset conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.

An Mian means peaceful sleep and in the diagnosis of disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine one of the important facts we need to know is if one has peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. Of the conditions we see at Atlantic Acupuncture, insomnia and other sleep issues are at the top of the list.

Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help in the recovery of proper sleep and one of the herbal medicines we have developed that helps most people with sleep disorders is Peace & Sleep. This formula contains herbs that act as precursors to the manufacture of serotonin and melatonin in your body. By helping your body create its own supply of these hormones you are assured of a proper balance that cannot be achieved by taking the raw hormones from and outside source. This use of precursor herbs is fundamental to how Chinese herbal medicine works.

If the heart is not quiet the shen cannot abide there, if the heart is weak it cannot move the shen to the brain. If the body is malnourished there is no production of essence and if the brain is confounded by substances like alcohol and drugs including caffeine, nicotine and refined sugars the shen cannot settle and is not calm.

So the main reasons for insomnia and difficult sleep are weakness of the heart, improper diet and nourishment and the use of mind altering substances. All three of these causes are a response to stress.

When your body is sleep deprived, it goes further into a state of stress. The body’s functions are put on high alert, which causes an increase in blood pressure and the production of stress hormones. High blood pressure can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke, and the stress hormones make it harder to fall asleep. Learning relaxation techniques like meditation and Qigong can counteract the effects of stress and help you to fall asleep faster.

Jian Fei Tang is a very simple formula that has very complex number of bioenergetic functions. At its root, Jian Fei Tonifies Qi and strengthens the Spleen and Stomach to improve the transformation and transportation functions of the Spleen in cases of Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency.

Jian Fei is a Qi regulating formula with special focus on the Liver and its relationship with digestion and moving Qi evenly throughout the body. Because of this dual action we often use Jian Fei Tang as an adjunctive treatment in weight management protocols

Because Jian Fei is very balancing to the digestive system and the liver it has been shown to be successful in treating such bio-medically defined disorders as; chronic gastritis, gastric or duodenal ulcer, acid reflux, indigestion, vomiting, anorexia, irritable bowel, ulcerative colitis. Jian Fei also treats non digestive disorders like; hepatitis, irregular menses, premenstrual tension, uterine bleeding, leucorrhea, breast distention, pleurisy, neuropathy, neurosis, insomnia, optic nerve atrophy and retinitis.

You can purchase these formulas at our clinic in Vero Beach FL or here at our online store.

Yours in good health,

Robert Kienitz, DTCM