Herb Resources for BAP Patients

We  have created a limited online apothecary for you to access some common formulas and topical products through our suppliers. Please click on the links below for a few of our favorite formulas many of you have been taking for years, plus at-home acupressure tools  to accompany your telehealth sessions. Check out the "Formula Uses & Descriptions" below to learn which is the best formula for you.

Chinese Herb Formulas and Brands

In Chinese herbal medicine we use "formulas". These are recipes which include multiple herbs that work synergistically. These recipes or formulas can be centuries old and many brands make the same formula, sometimes modifying them with additional herbs. The companies we recommend, employ rigorous quality testing and demonstrate transparency in their sourcing practices and testing procedures. We don't recommend any herbs we wouldn't take ourselves or give to our families!

What should I take?

We have made the most common and safest formulas available here. These are formulas we feel confident  offering without a consultation. With the exception of the Blossom Formulas for fertility, the following products have no contraindications (please read the Blossom descriptions carefully). However, there are still subtleties, so read the description of each to make sure it's the right one for you and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about a formula. If you're interested in herbs, but aren't sure what to take, book a telehealth or in-person acupuncture session. 

Herbal formulas have been safely used for centuries for symptoms but are not a "cure all" or a replacement for primary care from your doctor.

Herbs & Acupressure Supplies 

Acu-Market is our primary supplier for needles and many herbal products. They are big supporters of POCA and community acupuncture clinics and are very dedicated to the promotion and support of TCM. Click on the categories below to see what products are available for online purchase without a prescription.

Acupressure At Home: acupressure seeds and beads; kits for insomnia, anxiety, stress and more. Learn more about at-home acupressure HERE

Allergy Relief:

Bi yan wan (pian); Pe min kan wan

*Article from Michael Tierra of East West School of Planetary Herbology on allergies

Digestive Support:

Curing Pills, Bao He Wan

Immune Support:

Gan mao ling jie du wan; Yin qiao san; Jade Windscreen/Yu ping feng san; Power Mushrooms (Health Concerns); Elderberry Syrup; Ban Lan Gen tea for sore throat

Stress, Anxiety, & Sleep Support:

Xiao yao san/Jia wei xiao yao san (aka , Easy Rambler/Free & Easy Wanderer), Gan mai da zao wan; Suan zao ren tang; Stress & Anxiety Ear Seed Kits

Topical Pain Relief:

Pain Terminator Patches, Wu Yang Pain Patches, Zheng Gu Shui Linament

Blossom Herb Formulas for Fertility:   COMING SOON!

Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4

Blue Poppy Herb Formulas for Perimenopause & Menopause:   

Change & Enrich,  Supplement Yin, Ultimate Immortals

Formula Uses & Descriptions

Formulas by Name Alphabetically

Xiao yao san (Free & Easy Wanderer)


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:
Relieves Liver Qi stagnation; strengthens Stomach and Spleen functions; harmonizes Stomach and Liver functions. Common uses: Rib distention; breast tenderness, fatigue; loss of appetite, bitter mouth, dry throat, headache related to Liver Qi stagnation, menstrual cycle disorders.

Brand: Herbal Times. Suggested dosage: 4 pills, three times per day.

Ingredients:
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger);
Bai Shao (Chinese White Peony Root);

Bai Zhu (Bai-zhu Atractylodes Rhizome); Chai Hu (Bupleurum Root) Fu Ling (Poria; Hoelen; Tuckahoe); Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root); Gan Cao (Licorice Root); Bo He (Chinese Mint)




Jia wei xiao yao san (Free & Easy Wanderer Plus)


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:

Disperses depressed Liver Qi; Removes Heat; Strengthens the Spleen; Nourishes the Blood Common usage: PMS, anger, irritability; lassitude; poor appetite; irregular menstruation; hot flashes; menopause; bitter taste in mouth

Description: Currently, one of the most popular Chinese herb formulas in the US, jia wei xiao yao wan is often taken in between the menses to eliminate the symptoms of PMS.

Brand: Herbal Times. Suggested dosage: 4 pills, 3 times per day

Ingredients:
Mu Dan Pi (Moutan);
Zhi Zi (Gardenia);
Chai Hu (Bupleurum);
Dang Gui (Angelica);
Fu Ling (Poria);
Bai Zhu (Atractylodes);
Bai Shao (Paeonia);
Gan Cao (Glycyrrhiza);
Bo He (Mentha)




Gan Mai Da Zao Wan


Chinese Actions & Symptomology: Tonifies Heart Qi, nourishes Heart Yin and Blood, soothes the Liver, calms Shen. Emotionality, excessive worry, mild anxiety; PMS, difficulty sleeping. Brand: Herbal Times. Suggested dosage: 4 pills, 3 times per day Ingredients: *contains wheat Fu Xiao Mai (Triticum); Da Zao (Zizyphus Jujube); Fu Ling (Poria); Suan Zao Ren (Zizyphus); Bai Zi Ren (Biota); Gan Cao (Glycyrrhiza); He Huan Hua (Albizzia)




Change and Enrich


Chinese Actions & Symptomology: This formula is for the treatment of perimenopausal syndrome presenting a pattern of liver-spleen disharmony, liver blood-kidney yin vacuity, and depressive heat harassing the heart spirit above as well as non-construction and malnourishment of the heart spirit. General signs and symptoms include irritability, depression, hot flashes, night sweats, heart palpitations, and insomnia. Brand: Blue Poppy. Suggested Dosage: 3 capsules, 2 times per day. Ingredients: Fu Shen (Sclerotium Pararadicis Poriae)
stir-fried Suan Zao Ren (Semen Zizyphi Spinosae)
Ye Jiao Teng (Caulis Polygoni Multiflori)
Fu Xiao Mai (Fructus Levis Tritici)
Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae)
Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae)
Lu Ti Cao (Herba Pyrolae)
Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong)
Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Albae)
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
Sheng Di (uncooked Radix Rehmanniae)
Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan)
Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae)
Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)
Yu Jin (Tuber Curcumae)
Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni)
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae, honey-fried)




Supplement Yin


Chinese Actions & Symptomology: Supplements the spleen, liver, and kidneys; Enriches yin; Invigorates yang; Moves the qi and quickens the blood; Seeps dampness and drains fire; Nourishes the heart and quiets the spirit. Perimenopausal syndrome with hot flashes; night sweats; vaginal dryness; possible insomnia. Brand: Blue Poppy. Dosage: 3 capsules, 2 times per day. Ingredients Shu Di (cooked Radix Rehmanniae)
Sheng Di (uncooked Radix Rehmanniae)
Fu Ling (Poria)
Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)
Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri)
Dang Shen (Radix Codonopsitis)
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Albae)
Niu Xi (Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae)
Bu Gu Zhi (Fructus Psoraleae)
Du Zhong (Cortex Eucommiae)
Xiao Hui Xiang (Fructus Foeniculi)
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)




Ultimate Immortals


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:

Nourishes blood, enrishes yin, supplements kidneys, inviroates yang, clears heat, quiets the spirit, astringes, stops sweating. Addresses: hot flashes, night sweats, heart palpitations, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and irritability.

Brand: Blue Poppy. Suggested Doasage 3 capsules, 2 times per day.

Ingredients:

Fu Xiao Mai (Fructus Levis Tritici)
Mu Li (Concha Ostreae)
Long Gu (Os Draconis)
Ye Jiao Teng (Caulis Polygoni Multiflori)
He Huan Pi (Cortex Albiziae)
Nu Zhen Zi (Fructus Ligustri Lucidi)
Han Lian Cao (Herba Ecliptae)
Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae)
Fu Ling (Poria)
Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae)
Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri)
Xian Mao (Rhizoma Curculiginis)
Xian Ling Pi (Herba Epimedii)
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
mix-fried Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Shan Yao (Radix Dioscoreae)
Chuan Lian Zi (Fructus Toosendan)
Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)




Suan zao ren tang


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:

Nourishes Heart Blood, clears deficiency Heat, protects the Heart, invigorates Blood, calms Shen. Common uses: Insomnia, restlessness, palpitation, night sweats, anxiety, vivid, uncomfortable dreaming; poor concentration, clouded mind, mental fatigue;

Brand: Herbal Times. Dosage: 4 pills, three times per day.

Ingredients:
Suan Zao Ren (Jujube);
Fu Ling (Poria; Hoelen; Tuckahoe);
Chuan Xiong (Sichuan Lovage Root);
Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena);
Gan Cao (Licorice Root)




Bi yan Pian


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:

Dispels pathogenic wind, eliminates heat, resolves toxins, transforms phlegm, dispels turbidity, benefits the eyes, opens the nasal passages. Relief from seasonal allergies w/nasal congestion (watery or thick, yellow mucus), headache, itchy, watery eyes.

Brand: Herbal Times. Suggested dosage: 4 pills, 3 times per day

Ingredients:
Xin Yi Hua (Magnolia spp.; Flos),
Cang Er Zi (Xanthium sibiricum; Fructus),
Huang Bai (Phellodendron spp.; Cortex);
Lian Qiao( Forsythia Suspensa; Fructus);
Ye Gan Cao (Glycyrrhiza Uralensis; Radix);
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra chinensis; Fructus);
Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena asphodeloides; Rhizoma);
Jing Jie (Schizonepeta tenuifolia; Herba);
Jie Geng( Platycodon grandiflorum; Radix);
Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum morifolium; Flos);
Bai Zhi (Angelica dahurica; Radix);
Fang Feng (Saposhnikovia divaricata; Radix)




Pe min kan wan


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:

Dries phlegm and opens nasal passages (clear or whitish mucus), eliminating stuffy nose, sneezing. For seasonal allergies with stuffy nose/ears, excessive nasal discharge, itchy nose & eyes, cough, & dizziness.

Brand: Herbal Times. Suggested dosage: 4 pills, 3 times per day

Ingredients:
Xin Yi Hua (Magnolia Flower);
Qiang Huo (Notopterygium Root);
Man Jing Zi (Chaste Tree Fruit);
Sheng Ma (Lu) (Chinese Cimicifuga Rhizome);
Cang Er Zi (Xanthium Fruit);
Fang Feng (Siler);
Gao Ben (Chinese Lovage Root);
Chuan Xiong (Sichuan Lovage Root);
Bai Zhi (Fragrant Angelica Root);
Gan Cao (Licorice Root);
Gui Zhi (Cassia Twig)




Gan mao ling (jie du wan)


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:

Clear heat, Resolve toxin, Dispel wind, Relieve cough, Open the nasal passages, Brighten the eyes. This formula is used at the early signs of a common cold.

Brand: Herbal Times. Suggested dosage: 4 pills, 3 times per day

Ingredients: Gang Mei Gen (Ilex asprella); San Cha Hu (Evodia Lepta); Wu Zhi Gan (Vitex Negundo Herb); Ban Lan Gen (Woad Root) Strobilanthes japonica; Radix; Ye Ju Hua (Wild Chrysanthemum Flower); Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle Flower); Bo He (Chinese Mint)




Curing Pills (Kang ning wan)


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:

Dispels food stagnation. Relieves simple stomach discomfort. It can be taken after overeating or for bloating from weak digestion and can be used for any general stomach upset, nausea, gas or indigestion.

Brand: Herbal TImes. Suggested dosage: 4 pills, 3 times per day

Ingredients: *Contains wheat. Fu Ling (Poria); Yi Yi Ren (coix seeds) (Job's Tears); Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum flower); Shen Qu (Massa Fermentata); (fermented wheat) Bai Zhi (Angelica); Huo Xiang (Agastache); Hou Po (Magnolia); Mu Xiang (Aucklandia); Ge Gen (Pueraria, kudzu); Cang Zhu (Atractylodes); Gu Ya (Oryza) (sprouted rice) Tian Hua Fen (Trichosanthes); Ju Hong Pi (Citrus) (tangerince peel); Bo He (Mentha) (Chinese field mint)




Bao he wan


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:

Dispels food stasis, harmonizes the stomach, stems counterlfow ascent of stomach qi, clears heat, dispels damp, tonifies spleen qi, promotes digestion. Acute or chronic food stagnation, with symptoms of indigestion, epigastric or abdominal bloating or distention, belching, hiccups, nausea, poor appetite or poorly formed stools.

Brand: Herbal Times. Suggested dosage: 4 pills, 3 times per day.

Ingredients: *contains wheat
Shan Zha (Crataegus);
Fu Ling (Poria);
Zhi Ban Xia (Pinellia);
Shen Qu (Massa Fermentata) (fermented wheat)
Mai Ya (Hordeum); (sprouted barley)
Lian Qiao (Forsythia);
Lai Fu Zi (Raphanus) (radish seed)
Chen Pi (Citrus) (orange peel)




Yu ping feng san (Jadewind Screen)


Chinese Actions & Symptomology:

Replenishes Qi; Consolidates the exterior defensive system; stops perspiration. This is a valuable formula for building a weakened immune system, especially when the symptoms include perspiring easily or sensitivity to the wind or cold. It is quite valuable in pediatric conditions for chronic runny nose and as a Qi tonic during hayfever allergies. *Do not take during a cold or flu.

Brand: Herbal Times. Suggested dosage: 4 pills, three times per day.

Ingredients:
Huang Qi (Astragalus Root);
Fang Feng (Siler);

Bai Zhu (Bai-zhu Atractylodes Rhizome)




Power Mushrooms


Chinese Actions: Tonifies Qi and yin, benefits stomach, lungs and kidneys, mild diuretic Brand: Health Concerns. Suggested dosage: one to three tablets, three times per day. Ingredients: Ling shi (reishi) Bai mu er (tremella) Fu ling (poria) Zhu ling (polyporus)





Blossom Formulas for Fertility

Blossom Phase 1


Week 1 - Menstruation. This formula should be taken during the first week of the cycle. Dosage: 4-6 capsules, three times per day. ** Discontinue if pregnancy occurs. Blossom Phase 1 contains herbs to regulate menstrual flow, aid circulation, and promote healthy shedding of the endometrial tissue. TCM Functions: Regulates menstruation Moves blood Ingredients Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) Chong Wei Zi (Fructus Leonuri) Ze Lan (Herba Lycopi) Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubra) Fu Ling (Poria) Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi)




Blossom Phase 2


Week 2- Follicular phase. This formula should be taken during the second week of the cycle. Dosage: 4-6 capsules, three times per day. ** Discontinue if pregnancy occurs. Supports healthy follicular growth and development for conception and promotes a healthy uterine lining. TCM Functions: Tonifies qi and blood Nourishes Kidney jing (essence) Ingredients Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata) Shan Yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni) Tu Si Zi (Semen Cuscutae) Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) Nu Zhen Zi (Fructus Ligustri Lucidi) Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii) Lu Jiao Shuang (Cornu Cervi Degelatinatium) E Jiao (Colla Corii Asini) Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis) Fu Ling (Poria) Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan) Chong Wei Zi (Fructus Leonuri) Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae) Niu Xi (Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae)




Blossom Phase 3


Week 3 - Ovulation. This formula should be taken during the third week of the cycle. Dosage: 4-6 capsules, three times per day. ** Discontinue if pregnancy occurs. Supports healthy ovulation. (Blossom Phase 2 and Phase 3 can be combined if the ovulation time is uncertain.) TCM Function: Tonifies Mingmen ("Life Gate") fire and Kidney yang Ingredients Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni) Tu Si Zi (Semen Cuscutae) Suo Yang (Herba Cynomorii) Yi Mu Cao (Herba Leonuri) Xu Duan (Radix Dipsaci) Yin Yang Huo (Herba Epimedii) Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii) Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata) Lu Jiao Shuang (Cornu Cervi Degelatinatium) Ba Ji Tian (Radix Morindae Officinalis) Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) Xiao Hui Xiang (Fructus Foeniculi)




Blossom Phase 4


Week 4: Luteal phase - the week before menstruation. **Blossom Phase 4 should NOT be taken if actively trying to conceive.

Dosage: 4-6 capsules, three times per day.
Helps with PMS, stress, fluid metabolism, inflammation, and preparation for a healthy menstrual cycle. TCM Functions: Moves qi and blood in the lower jiao Spreads Liver qi

Ingredients Yi Mu Cao (Herba Leonuri) Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi) Yu Jin (Radix Curcumae) Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathulae) Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) Fu Ling (Poria) Ju He (Semen Citri Reticulatae) He Huan Pi (Cortex Albiziae) Lu Lu Tong (Fructus Liquidambaris) Gan Cao (Rx/Rz Glycyrrhizae)





Blue Poppy Perimenopause Formulas Comparison

How do Change & Enrich, Supplement Yin, and Ultimate Immortals differ?


All three formulas are designed to support people with related to the menopause process. During perimenopause, many people find that they go through cycles of symptoms that differ from menopause and post-menopause. It is helpful to pay attention to the dominant symptoms and switch from the following formulas as appropriate. Change & Enrich This formula is different from Ultimate Immortals and Supplement Yin in that it addresses more Liver qi stagnation which in Chinese symptomology include irritability, depression, mild headaches or mild indigestion after meals. Insomnia, hot flashes and night sweats may be present but are to a lesser degree. This formula is a combination of Jia Wei Xiao Yao San (Moutan & Gardenia Rambling Powder), Suan Zao Ren Tang (Zizyphus Spinosa Decoction), and Gan Mai Da Zao Tang (Licorice, Wheat & Red Dates Decoction) with additions and subtractions. Ultimate Immortals This formula has a stronger focus on 'heat' signs than Change & Enrich. Ultimate Immortals may be more appropriate when these 'heat' signs are more dominant than the Liver qi stagnation signs listed above. The Chinese symptomology includes: night sweats; visceral agitation; heart palpitation; vexation and agitation; insomnia; body heat; head heat; fatigue; mild to severe hot flashes; anxiety; "five palm heat" ( a feeling of heat in feet or hands or both); decreased libido; insomnia; irritability. We recommend that if you are taking Ultimate Immortals, you give it a little break for a month or two every 4-6 months. You can use one of the other formulas in this trio during that time. Supplement Yin This formula nourishes yin and yang and 'cools' the deficient heat that can appear during all three phases of menopause to treat symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dryness, insomnia. and is generally thought of as essential during the post-menopause phase (after periods have completely stopped). This formula can be taken indefinitely and has been the subject of research showing that it can be used to prevent or slow the onset of osteoporosis. It was first published in Gong Ding-xian's Wan Bing Hui Chun (Restoring Spring to the Tens of Thousands of Diseases) from the Ming Dynasty (published 1587). **Blue Poppy reccomends using Ultimmate Immortals and/or Change & Enrich to bring symptoms under control and then transitioning to Supplement Yin for long-term maintenance.