Tag Archives: herb

Is Free and Easy Wanderer herb formula safe for a child?

Dear Catherine,
Is Free and Easy Wanderer safe for a six year old?  Should we reduce the dosage?
 Thanks!

Hi Jennifer,
While there are not any highly toxic substances in Free and Easy Wanderer formula, with a young child I would likely go with yellow dock root decoction (2 T dry root daily) strained in to the nightly bath if there truly is Liver Heat, and ground milk thistle (1 T daily) in food for general liver health and Liver Yin Deficiency. If the child is agitated, you could add in American Skullcap (1/8-1/4 cup) at the end of the yellow dock decoction to steep for 10 minutes and then go in to the bath after it cools.

Kindly,
Catherine

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What Herbs Reverse Insulin Resistance?

 A website visitor asks:

I was diagnosed with insulin resistance.  What herbs should I take to reverse this pathology? I also become somewhat constipated at times, not always. I am extremely overweight for my size and would like some assistance in handling my mid-section.

I practiced in a hormonal clinic for many years where they tested for insulin resistance. With herbs and acupuncture it usually took 6 months to normalize levels. We typically utilized Restore the Middle Way and alternated it with Temple of Health formula. Most often, patients required Yin Valley formula if they had Yin Deficient signs, and Free and Easy Wanderer sometimes when Liver Qi Stagnation was indicated. We would use the 3 formulas together if the patient had all of the indications, and the indications are clearly listed on articles linked on the sitemap page. The Spleen Qi tonics indicated should assist with maintaining a normal weight and digestive issues. Please let me know if you have any questions after perusing the formulas and diabetes article.

Best Regards,
Catherine

Yin Yang Theory Chinese Medicine – Can you be just Kidney Yang Deficient?

A website visitor asks:

If I’m mostly Kidney Yang deficient and taking Ancestral Treasure formula , should I also take Kidney Yin deficient herbs such as Yin Valley formula to balance the Yin/Yang? I don’t seem to have any of the symptoms listed on the Yin deficient list except constipation. I always feel cold and never sweat and it seems like Yin deficiency causes people to be hot and sweat a lot.

Hi,

Yin/Yang theory is a bit tricky, and it sounds like you may have read the related article on our website that explains, in this situation, a Yin tonic supports the “substance” of the body. You will likely be able to tolerate the AT by itself for a time, but as you heal the Yin Deficiency will likely show itself as Deficient Heat signs develop. This is why we sell the two formulas separately, as every individual will have different levels of Yin and Yang deficiency, and the formulas can be adjusted as needed. Yin is a relative term that has to be used in reference to something Yang. It could be cold to hot (so you are correct), or substance to activity.

Kind Regards,
Catherine

Lymphatic Drainage Herbs and Chemotherapy

Ask the Herbalist

can we use the lymphatic cream and pills for sommeone who had breast cancer and still takes a chemo (mild) pill every day? or is like contra indication? Thanks

Hi,

I have treated many breast cancer survivors in acupuncture clinic and we used Central River formula and our lymphatic drainage cream when the patient was still on chemo, and I am not aware of any contraindications; with that said, it is always best to ask your health care provider directly.

Kind Regards,
Catherine Browne, LAc, MH, DiplAc

Natural Testosterone Herbal Supplements for Thinning Hair

 Website Visitor fill out the “Ask the Herbalist” form:

I am 31 years old and have obvious signs of thinning hair. I was thinking about taking a testosterone booster to help with low levels of testosterone to help hair production. What do you think is my best choice, Tribulus, DHEA, or fennegreek? I also have read about Fo-Ti. Do you think that is a better choice?

Hi,

This would be considered a “reductionist theory” question, and it is hard for me to think that way about herbs anymore. Here is an article on how Chinese medicine typically addresses hair loss: As far as a “best choice”, it is more likely the most appropriate choice and if you have tested you testosterone levels and you are certain that none of the other factors outlined in the article could be contributing to your condition, than you may do well with the tribulus.

Kindly,
Catherine

Is Hawthorn Leaf or Berry Better to Use?

A Visitor to the website asks:

Hello, I was thinking about incorporating
Hawthorn into my diet, I was hoping if I could ask you some general questions.

 1. I am thinking of using a tea or powder, which one would be the most effective way to avail the benefits of the hawthorn berry? ( I don’t want to use a tincture)
2. Also, which is better the leaves and the flower or the berry?
 Thanks again

Hi,
They are both considered gentle Heart tonics, but the berry tends to be used more with digestive issues, and the leaf and flower more as a cardio-tonic; I use both in our Blood Mansion formula. You will need more than a tea bag to experience the tonic effects, but a tea would be best of the leaf and flower. The berry powder can be incorporated in to foods easily.

Kindly,
Catherine

Sleep Apnea and COPD Herbal Remedies

Website visitor asks:

Do you have any remedies for severe obstructive sleep apnea; that would assist in strengthening the respiratory system, soft tissues, etc.  I have heard that lobellia is good. I also have COPD, and generalized anxiety as a result of the apnea and COPD.

Hi,

Sever sleep apnea sounds life threatening; not likely a self-treatment issue so I would hope you are in contact with a local health care professional. We have a Lung support formula that I have used with good results in clinic called White Tiger Return for patients with COPD. Sleep Apnea is typically a Spleen/Dampness issue combined with Liver Heat attacking the Heart imbalance in Chinese medicine (very generally). Again, it is a little complicated for self-treatment. You could look at White Tiger Return, Restore the Middle Way, and Free and Easy Wanderer formulas. They can be used together.