Category Archives: Anxiety

Anxiety has a number of causes. Check out our map below and see which one is best for you.

Anxiety Recipe Map

Ginseng and Zizyphus Formula Eleven Ingredient Decoction to Warm the Gall Bladder Bupleurum and Dragon Bone Combination Ginseng and Longan Combination Settle the Emotions Pill Cinnabar Sedative Digestive Cleanser Cinnamon and Dragon Bone Combination

An Shen Bu Xin Modified 1

Modified An Shen Bu Xin Wan – Calm the Spirit Boost the Heart Pill

This is a smaller and modified version of our An Shen Bu Xin Wan. It conforms to some of the other formulas that are offered elsewhere on line. It has fewer ingredients.

 

Zhen Zhu Mu

Ye Jiao Teng

Nu Zhen Zi 

Dan Shen

Han Lian Cao

 

Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang

Ingredients

Zhu Ru 竹茹 bamboo shavings Caulis Bambusae in Taeniis [supports pregnancy]

Zhi Shi 枳實 unripe bitter orange, chih-shih Aurantii Fructus immaturus [use caution if pregnant]

Gan Cao 甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae [caution]

Ban Xia 半夏 pinellia rhizome, pinellia tuber Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae [supports pregnancy]

Chen Pi 陳皮 aged tangerine peel, citrus Citri reticulatae Pericarpium

Fu Ling 茯苓 sclerotium of tuckahoe, China root, hoelen, Indian bread Poria Cocos

Sheng Jiang 生薑 fresh ginger rhizome Zingiberis Rhizoma

Huang Lian Coptis

An Shen Bu Xin Wan – Calm Spirit Boost the Heart

An Shen Bu Xin Wan – Calm the Spirit Boost the Heart Pill

There are a number of “An Shen” or (calm the spirit) and “Bu Xin” (raise the spirit) pills. An Shen Bu Xin Wan is one of the most widely used because of its wide range of its applications and familiar ingredients.

artist: Kaouru Mansour

You can look at our anxiety category for other suggestions you can choose from. We also carry a modified shorter version that conforms to some of those offered on-line from other distributors. 

 

Zhen zhu mu – Cristaria plicata shell

Ye jiao teng– Polygonum multiflorum

Nu zhen zi – Ligustrum lucidum

Dan shen – Salvia miltiorrhiza

Han lian cao – Eclipta prostrata herb

Tu si zi – Cuscuta chinensis

He huan pi – Albizia julibrissin

Sheng di huang – Rehmannia

Wu wei zi – Schisandra chinensis

Shi chang pu – Acorus tatarinowii

5 Wind Spirits – 5 Ling – Wu Ling

This has been studied for use in a number of problems. It resembles Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin. In Chinese medicine this means “wind” or sudden, quickly moving actions such as facial tics and other diseases we can’t name due to the FDA.

Bai-Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) – Bai Shao moves blood but also “stabilizes” thus helping with muscle tension, spasm, and pain

Tian-Ma (Rhizoma Gastrodiae) – One of major herbs for spasms and “wind”. Also very expen

Ji-Li (Fructus Tribuli )- mainly moves blood to get rid of stagnation

Gou-Teng  (Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis) – With Tian Ma stops spasms

Ling-Zhi  (Lucid Ganoderma) – interesting herb that calms the spirit

Shou-Wu-Teng  (Caulis Polygoni Multiflori) – Also known as He Shou Wu and helps moves blood through the extremities.

Suan-Zao-Ren  (Semen Ziziphi Spinosae) – Helps spasms, builds blood

Wu-Wei-Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis )  – stabilizes

Zhi-Zi (Fructus Gardeniae ) – clear heat

Dan-Nan-Xing (Rhizoma Arisaematis bile) -clears the channels

Huang-Qin  (Radix Scutellariae) – clears heat.

 

People may also want to check out our 2 conditions and the formulas we have for them: PLMD and RLS

Ropinoherb RLS

Ropinoherb PLMD

You can read about wind here on this Eagle Herbs page:Wind from a Chinese perspective

Bu Nao Wan

The name means Boost the Brain Pill. It helps clear the mind and give concentration. If you got fuzzy thinking then you may want to consider this formula.

  • Yuan Zhi
    Shi Chang Pu
    Wu Wei Zi
    Suan Zao Ren
    He Huan Hua
    Shou Wu Teng
    Dan Shen
    Zhi Mu

    Yuan Zhi translates to “far away Mind”.

    Huang Jing
    Dang Gui

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  • Yuan Zhi (Polygalae) is my favorite herb for “fuzzy thinking”. Its name translates as “far away Mind”.
  • Shi Chang Pu has many of the same qualities as Yuan Zhi and is more for phlegm. We also use it for phlegm in the lungs and stomach.
  • Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra) tonifies the Kidneys and therefore helps calm the Spirit. It astringes (pulls inward) and is used to treat miscommunication between the upper and lower (Heart and the Kidneys).
  • Suan Zao Ren (Sour Jujube seed) is used a lot for  insomnia. It nourishes the Blood and calms the mind.
  • He Huan Hua (Albiziae) is called “the happiness herb”. Note we may use the He Huan Pi which has the same properties.
  • Shou Wu Teng/ Ye Jiao Teng (Polygoni Multiflori vine) Calms the Spirit and moves blood.
  • Dan Shen (Salvia root) moves the blood and calms the Spirit.
  • Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena) clears deficient heat and clears fire.
  • Huang Jing (Polygonati) tonifies the kidneys without being cloying. One can compare it to Ren Shen/ Ginseng.
  • Dang Gui (Angelicae Sinensis) tonifies the blood which in turns nourishes the Spirit.

Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan

Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan is the basis for Shu Gan Wan.

Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan and Shu Gan are formulas that are often sold as a “patent” or over the counter pill and there are many variations of them. You really have to look at the label and see what you are getting. We go with the ingredients where Shu Gan Wan is actually more complex than Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan. One customer wrote me asking the difference between Shu Gan Wan and Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan. This is what I wrote her:

Thanks for asking. It is a bit confusing because there are many variations of Shu Gan Wan (and Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan) and they can vary. They both have Chai Hu in them.

Both are for helping the stomach feel better. “Shu Gan Wan” translates as “smooth the liver”. The liver in this case represents mental stress which is causing problems for the stomach. (You can think of going to a school you hate or visiting relatives where it is stressful.)

The Shu Gan Wan we carry does what Chai Hu Shu Gan does but Shu Gan Wan is more for pain that may come with stomach issues. So you might be stressed and not have much of an appetite (Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan) but if you get a stomach ache from thinking about it then that is Shu Gan Wan. I hope this helps and is not too confusing.

Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan= stomach bloating issues, stress etc…

Shu Gan Wan= painful stomach and stomach bloating issues, stress etc…

Chai Hu Chinese Herb for anger, frustration

Chai Hu – Chinese Herb for anger and frustration, stress

So I thank the person who wrote in!

Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan

Chai Hu – 柴胡- Radix Bupleuri
Xiang Fu – 香附- Cyperi rhizome
Zhi Ke – 枳壳 – Frutus Aurantii
Chen Pi – 陈皮 -Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Chuan Xiong – 川芎 – Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
Bai Shao-白芍- Radix Paeoniae Alba
Gan Cao-甘草- Radix Glycyrrhizae

An Shen Ding Zhi Wan

This is an expansion of Ding Zhi Wan. It is basically more settling with the addition of Mu Li. We often use both for anxiety or those with trouble sleeping through the night.

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Fu Shen

Fu Ling

Yuan Zhi

Long chi

Shi Chang Pu

Suan zao ren

Ye Jiao Teng

Mu li

Hu Po

Zhi gan cao

Gui zhi

 

  • DOSAGE:
    Eagle Herbs is now supplying a 2 gram “little spoon”. (Please wash and dry before using.)
    An “average dose” is 10 grams per day of the granules. This means 5 “little spoons” or 20 capsules each day. Each capsule is 1/2 gram. 
    A Big Dosage for Short-lived but intense issues: 3 little spoons (12 capsules) twice a day.
    A Smaller Dosage for Lingering low-grade concerns: 2 little spoons (8 capsules) twice a day. 
    If you are very sensitive to medicines: start out low (1/2 little spoon or 2 capsules) once per day, and raise the dosage each day.
    We find that people find the right dosage for themselves. We don’t know your body weight, your sensitivity etc… So take what feels good for you and you get the results you are looking for. Many people get great results with taking less. 

Super Calm Powder

eagle-herbs-card-newThis is a powder (and capsule) version of a formula I have used successfully for patients for crying for no reason and/or crying for good reason. It helps to calm and to help with sleep. It is a nice blend of two important formulas: Gan Mai Da Zao Tang and Suan Zao Ren Tang.

In Chinese Medicine terms, Gan Mai Da Zao Tang is used for deficient heart “qi” and “blood“. The spirit then “floats” causing agitation and is unstable. It has been used for hundreds of years for menopausal symptoms, anxiety and sleepwalking.

Suan Zao Ren Tang is a classic formula for insomnia as well as anxiety with symptoms such as heart palpitations and night sweating.

Benefits

  • supports internal energy and strength
    Calming for crying for no reason
    regulates sleep for those with poor quality of sleep, especially those awakening in the early morning hours who begin to plan their day.
    an also support energy during the day

Ingredients

  • Suan Zao Ren 酸棗仁 sour jujube seed; zizyphus Semen Zizyphi Spinosae [use caution if pregnant]
  • Chuan Xiong 川芎 Sichuan lovage root, cnidium, chuanxiong root Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
  • Zhi Mu 知母 anemarrhena rhizome Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Asphodeloidis
  • Fu Ling 茯苓 sclerotium of tuckahoe, China root, hoelen, Indian bread Poria Cocos
  • Gan Cao 甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae [caution]
  • Xiao Mai 浮小麥 light wheat grain Tritici Fructus Levi
  • Da Zao 大棗 jujube, Chinese date Jujubae Fructus
  • DOSAGE:
    Eagle Herbs is now supplying a 2 gram “little spoon”. (Please wash and dry before using.)
    An “average dose” is 10 grams per day of the granules. This means 5 “little spoons” or 20 capsules each day. Each capsule is 1/2 gram. 
    A Big Dosage for Short-lived but intense issues: 3 little spoons (12 capsules) twice a day.
    A Smaller Dosage for Lingering low-grade concerns: 2 little spoons (8 capsules) twice a day. 
    If you are very sensitive to medicines: start out low (1/2 little spoon or 2 capsules) once per day, and raise the dosage each day.
    We find that people find the right dosage for themselves. We don’t know your body weight, your sensitivity etc… So take what feels good for you and you get the results you are looking for. Many people get great results with taking less. 

Super Calm – Gan Mai Da Zao and Suan Zao Ren Tang

Super Calm

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I am very excited about being able to carry this product. I have used it successfully for patients for crying for no reason and/or crying for good reason. It helps to calm and to help with sleep. It is a nice blend of two important formulas: Gan Mai Da Zao Tang and Suan Zao Ren Tang.

This is a liquid formula in a 2 Oz. glass bottle. Use 2 or 3 “squirts” at a time in warm water. It is preserved with alcohol.

In Chinese Medicine terms, Gan Mai Da Zao Tang is used for deficient heart “qi” and “blood“. The spirit then “floats” causing agitation and is unstable. It has been used for hundreds of years for menopausal symptoms, anxiety and sleepwalking.

Suan Zao Ren Tang is a classic formula for insomnia as well as anxiety with symptoms such as heart palpitations and night sweating.

Benefits

supports internal energy and strength
Calming for crying for no reason
regulates sleep for those with poor quality of sleep, especially those awakening in the early morning hours who begin to plan their day.
can also support energy during the day

Ingredients

  • Suan Zao Ren 酸棗仁 sour jujube seed; zizyphus Semen Zizyphi Spinosae [use caution if pregnant]
  • Chuan Xiong 川芎 Sichuan lovage root, cnidium, chuanxiong root Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
  • Zhi Mu 知母 anemarrhena rhizome Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Asphodeloidis
  • Fu Ling 茯苓 sclerotium of tuckahoe, China root, hoelen, Indian bread Poria Cocos
  • Gan Cao 甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae [caution]
  • Xiao Mai 浮小麥 light wheat grain Tritici Fructus Levi
  • Da Zao 大棗 jujube, Chinese date Jujubae Fructus
  • Gan Cao 甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae [caution]

Again: use 2 or 3 “squirts” at a time in warm water 2 to 3 times a day. I warn you that it is preserved with alcohol. Should only be used by those over 21 or by state law.

Eleven Ingredient Decoction to Warm the Gall Bladder – Shi Yi Wen Dan Tang

Details of Eleven Ingredient Decoction to Warm the Gall Bladder
Bamboo leaf image

Bamboo leaves help clear out the heat that causes anxiety in the Heart.

This formula is for anxiety or restlessness, specifically for someone with a thick tongue coating.. This indicates the presence of turbid dampness in the body. This extra fluid causes bloating, edema and perhaps bags beneath the eyes. Dampness also causes stagnation which leads to heat, which rises to the Heart, and that causes anxiety.

A note about this “Warm the Gall Bladder” name. Since this formula clears heat, it seems like this is actually an eleven ingredient decoction FOR a warm gall bladder. Obviously, nobody asked me about how to best translate the name from Chinese into English.

More importantly, this formula has at its base an important seven-herb combination used for dampness in the digestive tract with heat in the heart (which then causes restlessness, anxiety and insomnia). This Warm the Gall Bladder Combination is actually another modification on a damp-resolving formula known as Citrus and Pinellia Combination. Chinese medicine formulas tend to build on past successes.

Alternative Names

  • Shi Yi Wei Wen Dan Tang

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Cyperus and Atractylodes Combination (Yue Ju Wan)

Details of Cyperus and Atractylodes Combination

Xiang fu (Cyperus root) regulates the qi to address frequent sighing or dull tummy aches.

Alternative Names

  • Yue Chu Wan
  • Yue Ju Wan
  • Stagnation-Relieving Pill
  • Xiong Zhu Wan
  • Cyperus and Atractylodes Pill
  • Ligusticum Chuanxiong and Atractylodes Pill
  • Escape Restraint Pill

This is the formula for the so-called “six stagnations”. Yue Ju Wan was created for “excess” types (even though they may feel tired a lot). Simply put, the systems of digestion, blood flow, fluids and qi / energy are clogged up. When things aren’t flowing well the body’s systems’ functions are compromised. I use this formula for a number of conditions including indigestion, fatigue, insomnia (hard to fall asleep) and heaviness of the body. Also it is very useful for mental conditions including anxiety, depression, frustrations and anger (if the pattern fits the above).

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Gastrodia and Uncaria Decoction (Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin)

Details of Gastrodia and Uncaria Decoction
Gou teng's "hooks" are said to "hook" the internal wind to calm muscle spasms, tics, tremors, and the like.

Gou teng’s “hooks” are said to “hook” the internal wind to calm muscle spasms, tics, tremors, and the like.

Alternative Names

  • Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin

Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin is somewhat a late comer to the Chinese medicine formulary. Created in the 20th Century, it represents a new style of formulation in China whereby traditional herbs for traditional problems are teamed up with herbs chosen for their Western medicine (scientific biomedicine) indications such as high blood pressure.

In America, we use it for stress-induced headaches and dizziness, among other things that a physician would recognize as hypertensive symptoms and the Chinese medicine practitioner would call “internal wind.”

If you may have high blood pressure, it is essential that you monitor yourself on a regular basis. Taking this formula for high blood pressure is not effective for everybody, nothing works for everybody. Getting a blood pressure cuff for use at home is inexpensive and can be easily found online or in your local drug store. Many drug stores also offer a free blood pressure screening that you can use at your convenience. This formula is not intended as a replacement to drugs for hypertension, however after a consultation with your doctor, you may find that this formula can help you lower your anti-hypertension drug dosage or forego them altogether.

If you feel like your head is about to explode, you’re reading the right page.

This is a great chill pill for just about any problem that arises in the head due to stress, anger, frustration, rage, etc.
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Bupleurum and Chih-shih Formula (si ni san)

Details of Bupleurum and Chih-shih Formula
Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Alternative Names

  • Cold Limbs Powder
  • Cold Extremities Powder
  • Frigid Extremities Powder
  • si ni san
  • szu ni san
  • Counterflow Cold Powder
  • sigyaku san
  • shigyakusan
  • Shigyaku-san
  • 四逆散
  • しぎゃくさん
  • TJ35; TJ-35; TJ 35
  • sì nì sǎn wán
  • 四逆散丸

This is the base formula for liver qi constraint/ stagnation. It forms the root of Xiao Yao Wan and its more popular younger sister: Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan. The four extremities coldness is known as (a mild case) jue/ reversal where the yang is constrained from getting to the limbs.

Benefits

  • relaxes tense muscles that cause a sense of dull stuffiness in the upper abdomen.
  • regulates sleeping for those having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • As the English name suggests- this formula is also for those who have cold hands and feet. This is caused when a person’s moods cause the “qi” to bind up and the energy can’t circulate. Energy can’t get to the extremities and so they feel cold. Clearing this bound up qi/energy also helps the moods.

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Cinnabar Sedative Calm Spirit (Zhu Sha An Shen Wan)

Details of Cinnabar Calm Spirit Cleanser

Huang Lian (Coptis root) is great for bad breath, but also calms the spirit.

Alternative Names

  • Zhu Sha An Shen Wan
  • chu sha an shen wan
  • Cinnabar Pill to Tranquilize the Spirit
  • An Shen Wan
  • Tranquilize the Spirit Pill

Benefits

  • promotes calm
  • supports restful sleep
  • regulates the heartbeat
  • supports memory
  • eliminates chronic foul, bad or offensive breath
  • eliminates chronic foul, bad, or offensive anal odor

This is a very potent formula for those with heat in their Stomach, Large Intestine and Heart. This heat can cause restlessness, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety. However a more contemporary application of this formula is in the treatment of social anxiety associated with bad breath or anal odor.

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Is it my breath?

Chinese medicine doesn’t teach that anxiety is all in your head, rather it’s all in your Heart.

The (Chinese medicine concept of the) Heart is said to store the spirit. When there’s a problem in the Heart, the spirit is disturbed. Anxiety resides in the unsettled Heart, altering our entire perception of the world.

This formula addresses the kind of anxiety that arises from heat or fire in the Stomach and Intestines. This heat also causes stinky problems such as bad breath and anal odor that arises from heat or fire in the Stomach and Intestines. This heat also causes stinky problems such as bad breath and anal odor.

Heat in the Stomach can also cause problems along the trajectory of the Stomach channel such as bleeding gums, sores inside the mouth, and acne.

Heat in the Large Intestine can arise with dampness, in which case yellow, explosive and especially foul-smelling diarrhea is the outcome. Gas may arise from dampness and heat in the Large Intestine too. This is that really potent smelling gas that we used to call “silent but deadly” as children. Very little quantity, but very strong odor that may actually burn the anus.

If this heat in the Stomach and Intestines is allowed to stay remain long enough, it can dry up the fluids and give rise to constipation with hard dry poops.

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