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Shine (DS)

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Shine (DS) resolves food, qi, blood, and phlegm stagnation to lift depression.  Also addresses stress, anxiety, irritability, sadness and lack of interest.

CLINICAL APPLICATIONS

Depression/Stress

* Anxiety, stress, irritability

* Sadness, lack of interest

* Possible chest distension, abdominal bloating, generalized weakness and/or discomfort

Note: This formula has no known interactions with antidepressant drugs.

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

* Antidepressant effect to elevate mood and lift depression

* Anxiolytic effect to alleviate stress and anxiety

* Gastrointestinal effect to regulate and restore normal digestive system and improve energy

CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

* Spreads Liver qi

* Clears Heart fire

DOSAGE

Take 3 to 4 capsules three times daily on an empty stomach. The dosage may be increased up to 6 to 8 capsules every four to six hours as needed.

INGREDIENTS

Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba)

Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)

Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis)

Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)

Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong)

Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)

Fu Ling (Poria)

He Huan Pi (Cortex Albiziae)

Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan)

Shen Qu (Massa Fermentata)

Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi)

Yuan Zhi (Radix Polygalae)

Zhi Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae Praeparata cum Melle)

Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)

Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae)

BACKGROUND

Depression is a mood disorder that encompasses more than just sadness. Stress and anxiety are among the most common symptoms that also affect patients with depression, and more often than not, the symptoms from stress, anxiety, and depression are difficult to separate out.

Controlling depression with pharmaceuticals is difficult, and may require months of trial and error with different medications. Often a combination of two or more drugs is needed to keep depression under control. The disadvantages of using pharmaceuticals for the treatment of mood disorders include long-term dependency, and of course, the myriad side effects that may come with the medication, or the combination of medications. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history of dealing with mood disorders in an all-natural way. At the root of the issue is an imbalance of the internal organs; by correcting the relative imbalances of these organs, the individual’s mood disorder should naturally improve. However, with TCM alone, it is often more difficult and time-consuming to treat serious mood disorders. Sometimes it is most effective to utilize a combination of Western and Chinese herbal medicine to gradually bring the patient back into health.

FORMULA EXPLANATION

Shine (DS) treats depression characterized by Liver qi stagnation accompanied by interior heat and underlying blood and Spleen deficiencies. Often, this constraint leads to other complications, such as stagnation of blood, phlegm, heat, dampness, and food. If the qi is stagnant in the chest and abdomen, qi is not able to ascend or descend freely; chest distension and oppression as well as abdominal fullness and pain may occur.

        Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) and Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi) enter the Liver channel to activate qi circulation and relieve qi stagnation. Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan), Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae) and Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae) sedate interior heat arising from Spleen and blood deficiencies, and from Liver qi stagnation. Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) activates blood circulation to dispel blood stagnation. Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) and Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) tonify the yin and the blood to contain the fire in the body.

        Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae), Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis), and Fu Ling (Poria) strengthen the Spleen and dry dampness to clear damp and phlegm stagnation. When the Spleen is strong, the patient is less likely to worry and overthink. He Huan Pi (Cortex Albiziae) and Yuan Zhi (Radix Polygalae) calm the shen (spirit). Shen Qu (Massa Fermentata) promotes digestion, clears food stagnation and relieves the digestive symptoms arising from Liver overacting on the Spleen. Finally, Zhi Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae Praeparata cum Melle) harmonizes the entire formula.

In conclusion, Shine (DS) treats depression and stress by regulating Liver qi and clearing interior heat.