Herbal Medicine

Successful Herbs to Move Liver Qi

We often say in Traditional Chinese Medicine that the liver is the system most easily susceptible to stress. Stress knots the Qi (energy) and makes its flow stagnate – this happens most quickly in the liver energy system. The liver, in TCM, is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body. This means that if Qi flow is impaired (ie, by stress), the liver system will suffer. Likewise, if the liver energy system is weak or stagnant (from lifestyle choices, diet, trauma, emotional stress, illness or genetic factors), Qi flow throughout the body may be impaired. continue reading »

Fertility and the Phases of Menstruation


Fertility and the Phases of Menstruation

The menstrual cycle can be broken down into four phases: the menstrual phase, follicular phase, ovulation phase, and luteal phase. At AcuWell LLC, we commonly adjust our acupuncture protocol and Chinese herbal formula recommendations based on your current phase of menstruation.

Menstrual Phase: Day 1-Day 4

The treatment goal during the menstrual phase is to gently move and tonify qi and blood. If an obstruction to the flow of blood is present an herbal formula such as Tao Hong Si Wu Tang or Four Substance Formula with Safflower and Peach Pit can be used.

Follicular Phase: Day 5 to 2 days before ovulation

The treatment goal is to nourish blood and yin to prepare the body for ovulation, tonify the kidney, and prepare the uterus. This can be done with various acupuncture points on the body and can be assisted with Chinese herbal formulas such as Zuo Gui Wan or Restore the Left Kidney Pill.

Ovulation Phase: Day 1-2 days before ovulation

Ovulation can be confirmed with a rise in basal body temperature or an ovulation predictor test. The treatment goal here is to move qi and blood, strengthen kidney yang, and decrease stress levels. Fu Ke Zhong Zi Wan or Women’s seed planting pills may be used to warm the uterus, nourish kidney Jing essence, and promote ovulation.

Luteal Phase: Ovulation until the confirmation of pregnancy or menstruation

Here the treatment goal is to tonify qi and yang to keep progesterone levels high. It is also important to reduce stress levels at this time. You Gui Wan or Restore the Right Kidney Pill is often used during this phase to warm the uterus, strengthen kidney yang, and promote the smooth flow of liver qi.

Chinese herbal formulas should only be used under acupuncture supervision. Individual oriental medicine diagnosis must be performed in order to find the appropriate formula for you.  If you are looking to boost fertility with acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas, consider scheduling an appointment with AcuWell LLC in Naperville, IL.




Boost It With Ginseng

Ginseng is said to resemble a human body in shape, and it has been used for years in Asia.  Recently, it has become a popular item in Western culture. Many claims about this root have been advertised, such as its reputation for extending longevity and its use for stamina and endurance. Let’s look at the types of ginseng and the differences.

There are three main types of ginseng used: continue reading »

Dandelion: Detox With This Yellow Charmer

Next time you’re in a wide open field, pasture or meadow dotted with beautiful yellow dandelions, know that these prolific little delights are not only beautiful, but packed with nutrition and offer a host of healthy benefits. Let’s explore this amazing flower. continue reading »

Herbal Tonics for Digestion

Digestive disorders can be simple like flatulence or gas, or they can be much more serious, such as Crohn’s disease. But regardless of the severity of the disease, there is no doubt digestive disorders affect far more people than they should, especially in the United States. A recent survey reports nearly 74 percent of all Americans are living with digestive issues. Most people don’t report it to their doctors either, because they assume it is normal to have gas, bloating or abdominal pain. But these symptoms can be indicators of much more serious underlying problems. continue reading »