Supports upper respiratory health.∞
Traditionally used to open the nasal passages and promote clear, comfortable sinuses.∞
Chinese Medicine discusses the influence of Wind on the body frequently. Wind is viewed as an external pathogenic influence, something that affects the body from the outside and causes a functional disruption of the body’s immunity. The layer affected is at the surface of the body and is called Tai Yang. When the body is exposed to extreme wind, or is a bit run down and exposed to wind at all then it will cause a disruption.
Chinese medicine considers this surface layer of the body to be linked with the immune system. It acts as a barrier between the external world and our body’s deeper layers. When the wind’s influence is stronger than our body’s protective energy that circulates at our surface (known as Wei qi), this energy becomes stuck or stifled in some way. When Tai Yang is stuck we no longer have the benefit of this effective barrier and we become prone to head colds. The body could now be susceptible to bacterial or viral in nature but a stuck Tai Yang layer will produce fairly immediate symptoms on its own as well, and does not always indicate an infection.
The most obvious indication that Tai Yang is stuck is a stiff neck and headache at the base of the skull. This will often follow exposure to wind, maybe sleeping under a fan, sitting in front of an air conditioning, time outside in windy or cold conditions, quickly passing from a state of being hot and sweaty to a cold shower or air conditioned building, or simply being run down and exhausted with exposure to a draft. In addition to the headache, one of the other key symptoms of this pattern is Sweating. This is the body’s attempt to push more energy toward the surface and regulate the disruption in its protective layer.
If severe enough or left untreated the wind exposure will pass to a deeper layer of the body called Yang Ming. If this happens, we will see congestion of fluids through the nasal passages and eyes. This leaves us with stuffy sinuses or sneezing, dry eyes (or water eyes, as they attempt to moisten themselves), and likely a frontal/sinus headache.
Chronic dysregulation of the Tai Yang and Yang Ming layers of the body can leave someone prone to upper respiratory infections but also seasonal allergy symptoms. As such, one might experience sneezing, itchy nose and eyes, sinus congestion or dripping, headaches, dry or red eyes, fatigue or foggy headedness.
The source text describes this formula, Gui Zhi Jia Ge Gen Tang, as being indicated to correct this pattern. This formula works by restoring circulation and good moisture to the Yang Ming layer and releasing the pathogenic influence and expelling wind from the surface, Tai Yang layer. Once the affected layers and channels are unblocked normal function is able to be restored in the body.
We have added 3 additional herbs to this formula that may assist the body in opening the nasal passages to make breathing easier while the body rebalances. Classically, these formulas have been taken to prevent Tai Yang/ Yang Ming dysregulation after a known wind exposure, immediately when stiffness along the neck and back begin to settle in, or once the imbalance progresses into full-on upper-respiratory issues. They have also been used in a more chronic sense to regulate these layers in regard to allergy-type symptoms.
Imbalance addressed: Tai Yang wind invasion and congested fluid in Yang Ming
Formula Action: Clear congestion in Yang Ming, regulate and release the surface (Tai Yang), regulate the protective and nutritive qi
Base formula: Gui Zhi Jia Ge Gen Tang (Cinnamon and Pueraria Decoction)
Ingredients*: Ge gen, Gui zhi, Da zao, Bai shao, Zhi gan cao, Sheng Jiang (pueraria root, cinnamon twig, jujube, white peony root, honey stir-fried licorice root, fresh ginger root)
Additional, symptomatic herbs: cang zhu, xin yi hua, shi chang pu (red atractylodes, magnolia bud, grass-leaved calamus)
Source Text(s): Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage)
Additional ingredients: Filtered water, Non-GMO cane sugar alcohol
*Organic, Non-GMO herbs are used whenever available, all herbs used undergo laboratory testing to ensure they are free from possible impurities or contaminants.
∞These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in this article is for educational purposes only. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.