Monday, December 16, 2019

Why Doesn't Black Cohosh Work?

If you have been taking Black Cohosh for hot flashes or PMS and it is not working, here are a few of the possible reasons. 

Maybe it's not right for you:

studies show that Black Cohosh is shown to help 20-50% of women by decreasing the unwanted symptoms of PMS.

This means that it doesn't help 50-80% of them 

You have not been taking it for long enough:

The endocrine system is not easily manipulated. 

Hot flashes and PMS are hormonal issues. The system that controls all the release and reuptake of hormones is called the endocrine system.  

The endocrine system is very well balanced and well protected.

Trust me you don't want to drastically alter this one, any changes made should be slow and gradual so that all of the important parts have time to adjust. 

This means that anything that is going to make a positive change needs to be taken regularly for an appropriate amount of time. 

You are not taking enough:

proper dosage is a huge factor in taking any herbal medicine, even more so when you are trying to affect something as complicated as the endocrine system. 

Other reasons:

Truth be told, any other reasons would fall under the first thing that I said. 

It may just be that black cohosh is not the herb your body needs to help balance it out. 

other herbal options can be vetex and cramp bark.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Peppermint Leaf - Uses In Chinese Medicine

Latin Name - Mentha x piperita

pharmaceutical name : folium menthae piperitae 

Parts Used - Leaf

Functions And Indications

Promotes sweating, dispels wind cold and opens the sinuses, relieves pain and congestion.

External wind cold- sneezing, fatigue, headache, chills, possible feverishness and cold and flu onset.

Head damp cold and lung wind cold - sinus congestion and pain, sneezing coughing and watery nasal discharge, chilliness - acute sinusitis, rhinitis, otitis, laryngitis and bronchitis.

Stimulates digestion, promotes secretion, reduces liver congestion and relieves gas, settles the stomach and stops vomiting, reduces infection and clears parasites.

Gallbladder and stomach Qi stagnation - ingestion, growling stomach, gas, appetite loss, biliary, gastric, and pancreatic dyspepsia

Liver Qi stagnation - sever frontal or occipital headache, indigestion, nausea, abdominal and right flank pain and distension, liver congestion and chronic hepatitis.

Nausea and vomiting from stomach Qi reflux.

Viral and bacterial infection.
Peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis.

Intestinal parasites - scabies, ringworm.

Circulates the Qi, releases constraint and relieves pain.

Intestines Qi constraint - painful and gassy digestion with cramps, worse with stress.

Gallbladder/gallstone colic.

Uterus Qi constraint - painful menses with clots and cramps.

Spasmodic dysmenorrhea.
Migraine, headache.
Neuralgia, sciatica.

Stimulates and balances the nerves,relieves dizziness and benefits vision.

Liver yang rising (liver/endocrine disharmony) - dizziness, headache and tremors.

Dizziness, concentration loss, vertigo, coma.


Vision imparment.

Stops lactation and reduces breast congestion.

Excessive lactation - for weaning.

Curtailed or congested breast milk.

Reduces inflammation, relieves pain and itching, repels insects.

Skin inflammation and pruritus, burns, scalds, acne, boils and eczema.

Rheumatic pain, fibromialgie, toothache, pruritus.

Mosquito and gnat repellent.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Catnip Leaf - How It Is Used In Chinese Medicine

Catnip is one of the five herbs that I use most.

It is part of the formula used to make my winter herbal syrup.

From a Chinese medicine view point it is one of the herbs used to promote sweating and dispel wind heat.

This would make a lot of sense to all of us who know about Catnip`s ability to lower fever, as well as with runny nose and cough.

The functions and indications which I will get to shortly are the same as those traditional Western Herbalism (like myself) will recognize. But the additional aspects from the treatment prospective of Chinese herbal therapy will be very useful for those who treat using the five element philosophy.

A short introduction for the herb is appropriate.

Botanical Name - Nepeta cataria

Parts Used - leaf of the herb

Functions and Indications

Promotes sweating, dispels wind heat and reduces fever; promotes eruptions opens the sinuses and relieves pain.
external wind heat/cold: headache, sore throat, chills and/or feverishness, sneezing, unrest.

even though I did take two semesters in Chinese medicine I can not remember all the connection but from my experience with the herb this all sounds very logical. It is a very calming herb and I wonder if that would have to do with its ability to help calm a lot of headaches. Calming would also sound like an aspect of dispelling wind heat.

Head damp heat/cold: congested painful head and sinuses, nasal discharge.

The ability  Catnip to help with nasal discharge is one of the more important reasons I add it to my winter formula.

Circulates the Qi releases constraint and promotes rest

Qi constraint with nerve excess: emotional and mental tension, unrest.

intestines Qi constraint: abdominal pains, flatulence, indigestion

This again makes perfect sense because Catnip is known as a stomachtic herb and a carminative herb.

Reduces inflammation and benefits the skin - Catnip is known to be an anti-inflammatory.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Phytotherapy - Properties

How Herbs Work

These are the therapeutic properties of medicinal herbs.

I really thought that I had written a post listing these off but it seems that I was mistaken.

I am actually trying to put together an app that will make it easy to search through an herbal library so I need to have these all listed out well.

Analgesic - pain reliever


Antiarrhythmic - prevents irregular palpitations of the heart






Antineoplasmic - Anti cancer



Expectorant, mucolytic




Muscle relaxant