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The Top Ten Chinese Herbal Formulas

Updated: Nov 28, 2021

everyone should have in their medicine cabinet.

Growing up, most of us had our drugstore go-to's for head-colds, upset stomach, pain relief, and other ailments. Nowadays, as we have become more aware of the long and short-term side-effects of pharmaceuticals, many of us are looking for natural products, without food coloring, additives, fake sugars and colors, that can work as well and even better.

Chinese Herbal Formulas have been formulated over thousands of years. The brands that we carry are of the highest standards and testing and American companies. They are the best quality, most effective ways to treat health problems. Chinese Herbal Formulas are prescribed by Licensed Acupuncturists trained in herbs.

Here are some of our many favorites!

The Top Ten Chinese Herbal Formulas that Everyone Should Have in Their Medicine Cabinet:

1. Ilex 15, Cold Snap, or Forsythia 18 -- For headcolds and headcold prevention. Take 2 - 3 tablets a day to zap bacteria and viruses of the upper respiratory tract with which you have come into contact. Kick it up to 3 - 5 tablets 3 - 5 times a day when you have upper respiratory symptoms, sneezing, coughing, runny nose. If the cold goes in deeper into the eyes, ears, nose, or throat, shift to Forsythia 18. Many avoid antibiotics with Forsythia 18, plus add Myrrh Tablets to reduce inflammation of these areas. Add Goldenseal Tincture to kill streptococcus and other pathogens.

2. Corydalis -- Pain Relief. The strongest pain relief herbal formula, with no harmful side effects, analgesic to the inflamed nerves, and relaxes tight muscles. Combine with herbal topicals to increase the effect.

3. Heavenly Emperor -- Sleep. Enjoy the deep restorative sleep of Heavenly Emperor, with its ability to lower cortisol and adrenaline.

4. Ardisia 16 -- Relax. Calm the mind. If you are on an antidepressant than shift to Bupleurem D or a constitutional formula.

5. San Qi 17 -- Anti-inflammatory. Contains Frankincense and Myrrh, as well as 15 other herbs to reduce inflammation from injuries. Works great with Corydalis.

6. Boswellamine -- Arthritis or joint pain. Boswellamine's Frankincense, Myrrh, and Dipsacus are an ancient trio to reduce inflammation, so that the high quality, absorbable Glucosamine Sulfate can get into and put the padding back into the joints.

7. Ease Digestion -- Digestion. For any digestive complaint, nausea, upset belly, hangover, constipation, or diarrhea, Ease Digestion is excellent for calming and easing digestion.

8. Intestinal Fungus -- Stomach flu, food poisoning, something opportune in the digestive tract, Coptis/Huang Lian kills it. Excellent to have on hand and applicable to most digestive issues.

9. Bi Yan Pian -- Allergies, natural anti-histamine, stuffy nose. Excellent formula for allergies, Bi Yan Pian is a combination of Chinese herbs that are naturally anti-histamine. Combine with Minor Bupleurem for seasonal allergies or Pinellia & Magnolia Formula for dust, mold, and pet allergies.

10. Tang Kuei & Peony -- The Fertility Formula. Tang Kuei & Peony is the fertility formula, to balance hormones and energetically bring more circulation to the uterus and ovaries.

These formulas are available at Stonington Natural Health Center. Drop in or order through our Online Store at For specific health problems, schedule an in-person or Telehealth Health Consultation.

Dr. Megan Marco, Doctor of Acupuncture, Licensed Acupuncturist, owner and clinic director of Stonington Natural Health Center, enjoys helping people with all health concerns, including pain, injuries, stress, fertility, hormones, autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression, and digestion problems. She looks forward to helping you, your friends, and family. 860.536.3880

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