Cuscuta (Tu Si Zi) 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.
Epimedium (Yin Yang Huo) 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.
Eucommia (Du Zhong) Eucommia directly enters the Kidney channel, strongly tonifies the Liver and Kidneys and working with paired herbs improves fertility and conception.
Licorice Root (Gan Cao) Licorice has a long and highly varied record of uses. It was andremains one of the most important herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is said this herb goes to all twelve channels of the body, a claim given to only a few Chinese herbs. By entering all body channels this herb is often used for its guiding actions to help other herbs enter into channels they would otherwise not normally affect. This is the beauty of Chinese herbal medicine, its ability to combine herbs in formulas to achieve actions they might otherwise not be able to do alone. Licorice has a sweet flavor, sweet Chinese herbs are helpful in tonifying the pancreas. The two major constituents of licorice are glycyrrhizin and flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants known to improve circulation and relieve tissues damage and have a role in reducing inflammation.
Ligusticum (Chuan Xiong) This very popular and common herb in many Chinese herbal medicine formulas is used to regulate blood circulation. In iSleep Herb Pack a small amount is used help circulate and improve the actions of all the herbs in the formula. The entourage effect is important. Like making a cake, it’s not just the sugar, flour and butter. It’s the spices, the egg, the milk and all the other yummy things that make a cake so wonderful. Same is true of herbal formulas used for centuries. Certain herbs work better when paired together.
Lycium – Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi) 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.
Psoralea Fruit (Bu gu zhi) Bu Gu Zhi is used to tonify the kidneys, strengthen the yang. It benefits the Kidney channel and supports the digestive system, is warming and can relaxes smooth muscle. Together with other herbs it tonifies the Liver and Kidney deficiency to improve fertility.