Category Archives: Constipation

Constipation can be tricky as it at the end (no pun intended) of the entire metabolic and digestive process of the body. Its best to get a diagnosis in Chinese terms but we can make some generalizations. Dryness is a big cause of constipation. For example, if the dryness is the result of something like chemotherapy then you might want to look into Ma Zi Ren Wan which moistens. This is because a dry body will create dry stool as well. The tongue in a case like this will be dry. Another option is Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan. If you have alternating loose and dry stool then take a look at Jian Pi Wa which harmonizes the stomach. If you are overweight then look at Bao He Wan. The tongue in this case will have a thicker coat, perhaps yellow. Finally, Da Cheng Qi Tang will purge the bowels but shouldn’t be used long term as the intestine will become accustomed to it and stop working. The tongue in this case will have a coat and the tongue itself will be red or purplish.

Tan Bi Tang for Phlegm Constipation

Tan Bi Tang for Phlegm Constipation

This formula opens the bowel pathway that may be blocked by qi constraint and phlegm dampness. The patient may be depressed, overweight, have poor concentration and have low energy.

ingredients:

Bai Zhu actractlylodis

Lai Fu Zi raphani

Ban Xia pinellieae rhizoma

Fang Feng saposhinikovae radix

Chai Hu bupleuri Radix (may substitute Mei Gui Hua – rose pedals)

Bai Zi Ren platycladi

Zhi Shi aurantii

Bing Lang arecae (when available- may be substituted)

Hou Po magnoliae cortex

Gan Cao glycyrrhizae

Er Zhi Wan

Er Zhi Wan

Er Zhi Wan is a simple formula to build yin. What makes it interesting and useful is that both the herbs are themselves dry in their appearance and not “sticky” like often used Yin tonic herbs like Shu Di Huang (rheumania) or Mai Men Dong (ophiopogonis). 

We often use this combination in other formulas or on its own who find that the traditional moistening Yin herbs “clog things up”. Often a yin deficiency can co-exist with a damp condition making boosting the yin a difficult situation. This is where Er Zhi Wan comes in very handy.

Nu Zhen Zi – Fr. Ligustri Lucidi – Nourishes and tonifies the Liver and Kidney Yin, clears Deficiency Heat (heat that comes from lack of Yin)

Mo Han Lian (aka Han Lian Cao) Hb. Ecliptae- Nourishes and tonifies the Liver and Kidney Yin,cools the Blood and stops bleeding.

Daesiho-tang DSHT

Details of Daesiho-tang DSHT

This is a variation of Da Chai Hu Tang. There has been a fair amount of research about this but mainly on animals. If using for weight loss (or anything else) be aware that this (and Da Chai Hu Tang) are major purgatives. Please don’t abuse it and should only be used short term. I don’t want to make assumptions or be judgmental but if you have an eating disorder, please, please seek help.

Research:

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0165483#pone.0165483.s001

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27812119

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Ingredients

Chai Hu 柴胡 hare’s ear root, thorowax root, bupleurum Radix Bupleuri [caution]

Huang Qin 黃苓 baical skullcap root, scutellaria, scute Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis [supports pregnancy]

Da Huang 大黄 rhubarb root and rhizome Radix et Rhizoma Rhei [don’t use if pregnant]

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

Bai Shao 白芍 white peony root, peony Paeoniae Radix alba [supports pregnancy]

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

Sheng Jiang 生薑 fresh ginger rhizome Zingiberis Rhizoma

Da Zao 大棗 jujube, Chinese date Jujubae Fructus

Suan Zao Ren  Zizyphus Spinosa, Semen Jujube (Sour) Seed

Zhi Ke Citrus Aurantium seu Poncirus Fructus, immature
Orange (Bitter) [don’t use if pregnant]

 

Recommended for these body types:
Hearty

Hearty

Slightly Hearty

Slightly Hearty

Recommended for these thermal natures:
Hot

Hot

Warm

Warm

Neutral

Neutral

Adult Dosage
  • 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 or 20 capsules.

    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: what feels good for them and they get the results they are looking for.

Your order will last approximately this long:

  • 100 grams powder (capsules or powder): 8 to 25 days
  • 200 grams powder (powder only): 19 to 56 days

Chai Qin Cheng Qi Decoction

Chai Qin Cheng Qi Decoction

Chaihu (Radix Bupleuri) [caution – Because of the Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) this formula must NOT be taken with Interferon.)

Huangqin (Radix Scutellariae)

Houpo (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis)

Zhishi (Fructus Aurantii Immaturus)

Yinchen Hao (Herba Artemisiae Capillaris)

Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae)

Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei)

Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)

“Chai-Qin-Cheng-Qi Decoction (CQCQD) is modified from Da-Cheng-Qi Decoction (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis, Fructus Aurantii Immaturus, Radix et Rhizoma Rhei and Natrii Sulfas), which is a well-known and popular traditional Chinese medicine that is used as a purgative in China and East Asia.”

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Digestive support #3

huang.lian._961This has a number of herbs that “cool the stomach” and intestines as well as firm up the stool.

 

Ge Gen (Rx. Puerariae Lobatae)

Huang Lian (Rz. Coptidis)

Huang Qin (Rx. Scutellariae)

Mu Xiang (Rx. Aucklandiae)

Zhi Gan Cao (Glycyrrhizae Prep.)

    • 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 or 20 capsules.

      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: what feels good for them and they get the results they are looking for.

    Your order will last approximately this long:

    • 100 grams powder (capsules or powder): 8 to 25 days
    • 200 grams powder (powder only): 19 to 56 days

Jian Pi Ling

Details of Jian Pi Ling

Jian Pi Ling supports normal intestinal functions.

Alternative Names

  • Jianpiling

 

  • This formula is commonly used for gastric and bowel issues. Anyone with serious bowel issues should check with their physicians for a full western diagnosis. Jian Pi Ling is good if pain is involved and if it is a chronic condition. In Chinese Medicine we only talk about worms and parasites when they are visible in the stool or elsewhere. However, in my estimation this formula comes close to what most western alternative medicine practitioners might treat for “parasites”. The first half of the formula is a pretty standard “tonification” (i.e. supporting) of Qi and Blood and the over all spleen/ stomach dynamic. Starting with Mu Xiang we start more regulating the circulation within the stomach itself (as might be seen in pain symptoms). I would think you would only need to take this for a few weeks at most and then move on to something more like Mu Xiang Liu Jun Zi Tang.

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Custom Clearing

Details of Custom Clearing

Custom Clearing

This is a variation of several constipation formulas. It contains Hua Ma Ren, which is hemp seed, totally legal and has no THC psychoactive effects as its the “male seed”. However, it may show up on a drug test.

Da Huang
Bai Zi Ren
Huo Ma Ren
Zhi Shi
Zhi Mu
Mang Xiao
Tao Ren
Huo Po
Bai Zhu
Chi Shao
Zhi Zi

  • 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. 

Huang Lian Shang Qing Pian

Details of Huang Lian Shang Qing Pian

Huang Lian Shang Qing Pian works to clear heat and wind in the Yang Ming Channel. This can manifest as pain in the face, specifically the teeth. This is a very, very draining formula and a person can take it for a few days and it seems to help. Anyone with a toothache should see their dentist obviously but this formula may help in the short term. The main herb – Huang Lian (Coptis) should not be used for more than 5 days or so.
The draining means it moves heat downward and overuse may cause loose stools or diarrhea, so be aware.

Ingredients

  • Huang Lian– Rhizoma Coptidis Recens
  • Zhi Zi– Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis
  • Lian Qiao – Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae
  • Man Jing Zi – Fructus Viticis
  • Fang Feng -Radix Saposhnikoviae Divaricatae
  • Jing Jie – Herba Schizonepetae Tenuifoliae
  • Bai Zhi – Radix Angelicae Dahuricae
  • Huang Qin – Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
  • Ju Hua – Flos Chrysanthemi Morifolii
  • Bo He – Herba Menthae Haplocalycis
  • Da Huang – Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei
  • Huang Bo/Bai – Cortex Phellodendri Chinensis
  • Jie Geng – Radix Platycodi Grandiflori
  • Chuan Xiong – Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
  • Shi Gao – Gypsum Fibrosum
  • Xuan Fu Hua – Flos Inulae
  • Gan Cao – Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
  • 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. 

Citrus and Crataegus Formula (Bao He Wan)

Details of Citrus and Crataegus Formula
Shan Zha or Hawthorn Fruit helps digest meat and lower cholesterol.

Shan Zha or Hawthorn Fruit helps digest meat and lower cholesterol.

Our favorite formula for digestion. We always have some handy.

This formula is called a “digestive” formula in Chinese medicine. This says that it helps the body digest. This means the formula is for sluggish movement from the stomach down through the intestines. Take this just after a meal if you are continually having that stuck feeling.

Often also eating too close to bed-time (even several hours for some people) can disrupt the sleep mechanism. (The body is doing too much processing and won’t go into sleep mode.)

Bao He Wan helps you digest foods that are difficult to digest. You may feel bloated or “stuck feeling” in the stomach even several hours after a meal. You can use it just once or as many times as you need it.

i have put this under the tiredness category because food stagnation can often slow the body and mind down. All of which of course can make you tired.

Now, this formula helps a lot of different things and you can take it in conjunction with other herbs. However and obviously, you’ll want to pay attention to what you’re eating and look into finding out what is not easily digested and of course eating less of that.

Often the “Bao He Wan” tongue has a thick and greasy coat.

Alternative Names

  • Bao He Wan
  • Preserve Harmony Pills
  • Harmony Preserving Pills
  • Citrus and Crataegus Formula

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Astragalus Decoction (Huang Qi Tang)

Astragalus Decoction
Huang qi (astragalus) is famous for stimulating the immune system as well as the digestion.

Huang qi (astragalus) is famous for stimulating the immune system as well as the digestion.

Alternative Names

  • Huang Qi Tang

Sometimes, you simply haven’t got the “umph” to push out your stools. This is the formula specifically for this condition.

It isn’t a purgative, there is no irritating the intestines to stimulate the bowel movement, rather this is a gentle formula that is taken over time at a low dosage to address the digestive functions while at the same time gently moisturizing the intestines to help guide out the poop.

One of the key ingredients in this formula is Bai Zhu atractylodes which has been shown by research in China to be particularly effective for this unique kind of constipation.

This constipation is unique in that it arises with a sort of lack of strength in bearing down. Another unique symptom of the pattern that this formula addresses is that one can feel fatigued after passing a bowel movement, even to the point of passing out.

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Apricot Seed and Linum Formula (ma zi ren wan)

Details of Apricot Seed and Linum Formula
Apricot seeds stop cough and lubricate the large intestines.

Apricot seeds stop cough and lubricate the large intestines.

Moistening and nourishing, this formula lubricates the intestines for itty-bitty hard-as-rock stools.

This formula uses cannabis seeds as the source of oil in this formula. Oil is important for dry stools as it helps guide and lubricate the feces out of the body more comfortably.
It is possible this might show up in a drug test, although it won’t get you stoned or affect consciousness in any way. Unless feeling good bowel movements counts as a high. :-)

Ma Zi Ren Wan is very close to the Chinese Formula Run Chang Wan.

Other ingredients in this formula stimulate intestinal movement by acting on the nervous system, and other herbs generate body fluids to help moisturize the dry poop.

Alternative Names

  • ma zi ren wan
  • ma tzu jen wan
  • Hemp Seed Pill
  • masi nin gan
  • Mashinin-gan
  • 麻子仁丸
  • ましにんがん
  • TJ126; TJ-126; TJ 126
  • má zǐ rén wán
  • 麻子仁丸

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