Last week I ran out of the Chinese herbs that I had been taking three times a day. Instead of getting a new bottle, my acupuncturist Jenny thought we would try something new. She customized an herbal formula for me that’s made of 13 different Chinese herbs.
I haven’t a clue what each particular herb does, but this formula is meant to address a couple different patterns within my body at once. It’s a toning formula, meant to help with my stomach, liver, and spleen, whereas the herbs I was previously taking were mainly meant to clear the heat in my body.
The cool thing about this formula is that it comes in a powder, so I can make it into a tea and drink up!
It has a bitter taste (like, really bitter), but I like it because I know it’s meant to do good for my body. I’ve actually let 4 or 5 people taste the tea to see their reactions… they all hated it. I heard quotes like, “I feel like I literally just bit into the outside of a grapefruit” and “There’s no way I’m going to be able to get this taste out of my mouth,” just to name a few. Don’t worry, I had fully warned them what they were getting themselves into.
As of right now I’ve been taking this new formula for 5 days. I drink the tea three times a day, right before I eat a meal. In the interim period between taking the first batch of herbs and this formula, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling very well. I think this means that the heat clearing herbs were helping. I’m hoping that the new formula will make me feel even better than first batch did, but as of right now I can’t say that it’s true.
I also have a few stressful things going on in my life at the moment, so this could absolutely be contributing to my symptoms. Jenny believes that I carry a lot of emotions internally – specifically in my stomach (as many people do), and I definitely think she’s right.
Have you guys ever tried Chinese herbs? I’d love to hear what worked (or didn’t work) for you!
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