Saturday, January 26, 2013

Our Favourite Herbal Remedies- Part 1- Free and Easy Wanderer

Free and Easy Wanderer- Xiao Yao San

By far one of the most popular formulas used in our shop, the name Free and Easy Wanderer describes the concept of Qi and how it should ideally circulate and flow freely in the body fostering mental and spiritual openness.

Free and Easy Wanderer works on the Spleen and Liver systems. Habitual stress and emotional factors cause the free flow of Liver Qi on our bodies to stagnate and become restrained causing symptoms related to anxiety such as oppressive sensation in the chest (with difficulty getting a full breath), hypochondria, epigastric, and abdomen, headache, vertigo, chronic neck and upper back tension, globus hystericus, and frequent sighing.
This restrained Liver Qi can also be a bit of a bully and begin picking on the Spleen system leading to digestive complaints such as indigestion, abdominal pain, IBS, gastritis, ulcers, billiary spasm, diarrhoea, loose stools, and reduced appetite.

Key functions of the Liver and Spleen systems are to control the flow of blood, manufacture blood and are thus in control of its quantity in the body. For this reason, Free and Easy Wanderer is used most often for menstrual irregularities with an emotional component. It is able to treat a broad range of gynaecological disorders such as amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, PMS, and breast distention.

The Hun or Ethereal Soul corresponds to the Liver system. The Ethereal Soul is very similar to the western concept of the soul. It is that in the body which gives it both life and purpose. Without it we would lose direction and be empty. The Ethereal Soul is important because it leaves the body to join the spirits and Qi of nature. The Ethereal Soul gives us guidance and a sense of purpose. When the Liver Blood is deficient it cannot root the Ethereal Soul and thus we lose direction in life. A sensation of fear or of floating prior to sleep can indicate this. Free and Easy Wanderer nourishes Liver Blood and is effective in treating many emotional/spiritual/psychological conditions related to the Ethereal Soul.

bupleurum root- chai hu
white peony root- bai shao
chinese angelica root- dang gui
poria- fu ling
white atractylodes rhizome- bai zhu
licorice root- gan cao
dried ginger- gan jiang
mint- bo he

If you are interested in this herbal formula or have any question please feel free to contact us at Gathered Roots!

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