60 capsules x 5000mg. from Blue Poppy Originals
Indications: This formula is for the treatment of recalcitrant insomnia which has lasted for more than three months. It can be used when other, more conventional Chinese therapies for insomnia have failed. Patients may not be able to sleep at all or only 1-2 hours per night.
Applications in Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Pattern: Combination of liver depression, qi stagnation (with possible depressive heat) and blood stasis with malnourishment and disquietude of the heart spirit
Classical antecedent: Jie Yu Ding Mian Fang
In 38 patients with recalcitrant insomnia lasting for more than three months, 23 were cured, 12 improved, and only three got no effect, for a total amelioration rate of 92.1%. The shortest course of treatment was 10 days, the longest was 49 days.
According to Dr. Gao, most recalcitrant insomnia involves blood stasis which has not be addressed in previous therapy. Liver depression (with possible depressive heat) results in qi stagnation, and, if the qi moves, the blood moves; if the qi stops, the blood stops. Since static blood hinders and obstructs the engenderment of new or fresh blood, qi stagnation and blood stasis are commonly complicated by blood vacuity. In that case, there may be insufficient blood to construct and nourish the heart spirit which thus becomes disquieted or restless. If liver depression transforms heat, depressive heat may also ascend to harass the spirit, thus further disquieting it.
Within this formula, Chuan Xiong, Dan Shen, and Chuan Niu Xi quicken the blood and transform stasis. Chai Hu, Zhi Ke, and Chuan Xiong course the liver and resolve depression. Thus the qi and blood are regulated and the qi mechanism is harmonized. Chuan Xiong and Zhi Ke promote the upbearing of yang, while Chuan Niu Xi downbears yin. The combination of these three regulates and harmonizes yin and yang. Ban Xia and Xia Gu Cao are a little known but extremely effective empirical combination for the treatment of insomnia that come from the Yi Xue Mi Zhi (The Secret Purport of the Study of Medicine). Ban Xia harmonizes the stomach, downbears counterflow, and transforms phlegm. Xia Gu Cao clears liver heat. Dan Shen, Suan Zao Ren, and E Jiao supplement liver blood and quiet the heart spirit, while Long Gu and Hu Po heavily settle and still. In addition, He Huan Pi moves the qi and quickens the blood, resolves depression and quiets the spirit. Gan Cao harmonizes all the other medicinals in this formula.
Signs & symptoms of liver depression:
Breat, epigastric, rib-side and/or lower abdominal distention and pain
A bowstring pulse
PMS and/or menstrual irregularities in women
Signs & symptoms of blood stasis:
A sooty, dark facial complexion
Dark, purplish lips
A dark, purple tongue and/or possible static spots or macules
Dry, scaly skin
Severe, fixed, and/or piercing pain
A history of recalcitrant, enduring disease
Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae)
stir-fried Suan Zao Ren (Semen Zizyphi Spinosae)
He Huan Pi (Cortex Albiziae)
precooked Long Gu (Os Draconis)
Xia Gu Cao (Spica Prunellae Vulgaris)
Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)
Zhi Ke (Fructus Aurantii)
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong)
Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathulae)
Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae)
E Jiao (Gelatinum Corii Asini)
Hu Po (Succinum)
uncooked Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
2 capsules, 2 times a day
60 capsules x 5000mg. (500mg. x 10:1 concentration ratio)
Note: All Blue Poppy brand products come with the manufacturing date marked (MFG or Manuf. Date), the expiration date is 5 years from the date indicated on the bottom or side of the packaging.