Blue Poppy Originals
Chinese Traditional medicine has a rich history that includes over 2000 years of experience in harnessing the power of nature to support health and to promote optimal well-being. Chinese Traditional medicine is still practiced extensively in the East and is becoming more and more accepted in the West as well. Trying to take advantage of the benefits of Chinese traditional herbals and botanicals is not however without its own set of challenges. The biggest challenge to applying this system of medicine to your own health and the health of your family, is trying to determine which herbs and botanicals are best suited to your circumstances.
The Blue Poppy Originals range of supplements has taken the research out of applying these herbs to your daily life. A full range of supplements designed specifically for supporting the body in different circumstances makes Blue Poppy Originals an excellent choice for applying Eastern medicine to Western culture.
Indications: This formula treats qi and blood vacuity with some yang vacuity and qi stagnation and blood stasis with upward counterflow affecting the chong mai, du mai, and tai yang. In terms of diseases, it is primarily indicated for premenstrual breast distention and pain, fibrocystic breast disease, and benign breast lumps.
Qi vacuity means spleen qi vacuity.
Its signs and symptoms include:
fatigue, especially after eating
abdominal bloating after eating
a swollen tongue with teeth marks on its edges
a tendency to loose stools but possibly constipation
cold hands and feet
a fine pulse which is often soggy or soft in the right bar position
lack of strength in the four extremities
dizziness when standing up
The signs and symptoms of blood vacuity include:
pale or dry, brittle nails
pale undersides of the eyelids
pale lips, pale tongue
decreased visual acuity at night
a fine pulse
The signs and symptoms of yang vacuity include:
low back pain
decreased sexual desire
The signs and symptoms of qi stagnation include:
The signs and symptoms of blood stasis include:
fixed, sharp, and/or severe lower abdominal pain
a sooty facial complexion
blood clots in the menstruate
a purplish tongue or static spots or macules on the tongue
fixed lumps in the breast that are painful to pressure
worsening of symptoms at night
a possibly choppy and/or deep pulse
visible engorged varicosities, including small hemangiomas, spider nevi, and hemorrhoids
This pattern is common in women 35-50 years of age with breast disease. It is said in Chinese:
In young women or new breast diseases, blame the liver. In older women or enduring breast disease, blame the chong [mai].
When young women have premenstrual breast distention, they primarily exhibit liver depression with possible depressive heat affecting the liver and stomach channels. However, after 35 years of age, liver depression is more and more complicated by spleen qi vacuity and even some kidney yang vacuity. In that case, simply coursing the liver and rectifying the qi does not work.
According to Li Dong-yuan and Zhu Dan-xi, extremes of emotions transforming into fire or heat and unfulfilled desires may cause yin fire in the heart and chong mai. In that case, heat, which is a yang evil, may pass into the du mai which is the sea of all yang. It then counterflows upward along the governing vessel and flows over into the tai yang at the level of the thorax. From there, it may also spill over into the shao yang, but this is really only secondary. The shao yang now is only the branch, and only treating the liver and shao yang does not get fully satisfactory results.
In such cases, besides breast distention, pain, and lumps, there are usually other painful symptoms located along the routes of the hand and foot tai yang. This may include chronic back of the neck and shoulder pain, headaches, including sinusitis, TMJ, bruxism, lumbosacral pain, and tai yang sciatica. Various heart spirit complaints may include vexation and agitation, disquietude or restlessness, heart palpitations, and insomnia. This formula can also be combined with other currently available pills for, for instance, phlegm nodulation.
Astragalus and Codonopsis fortify the spleen and boos the qi. Dang Gui and Peony nourish and supplement the blood, while harmonizing and emolliating the liver. Platycodon upbears clear yang while simultaneously loosening the chest and transforming phlegm. Ligusticum Wallichium also upbears yang while simultaneously quickening the blood and transforming stasis. Lindera, Auklandia, Aurantium, Areca, and Magnolia all rectify the qi and downbear counterflow. Perilla, Ledebouriella, and Angelica Dahurica are all exterior-resolvers which upbear yang and rectify and move the qi. Cinnamon Twigs are also an exterior-resolver. They upbear yang but also quicken the blood and guide ministerial fire back to its lower source, i.e., the lower burner. Ledebouriella and Cinnamon Twigs both enter the tai yang. Licorice harmonizes all the other medicinals in the formula. In addition, Areca, Perilla, Angelica Dahurica, and Auklandia all have a strong regulating effect on the intestinal fauna and flora. Although neither Angelica Dahurica or Auklandia are bitter and cold, they both can be used for damp heat conditions where there is concomitant spleen vacuity.