Traditional Functions: Tonifies the Qi, Nourishes Yin and Blood, Promotes Circulation of Heart Yang, Restores the Pulse, Calms the Shen.
Traditional Indications: Heart Qi, Blood and/or Yin deficiency presenting with palpitations, which may be accompanied by anxiety; irregular heartbeat; irritability; agitation; insomnia with difficulty falling asleep or dream-disturbed sleep; forgetfulness; poor memory; poor concentration; weakness; fatigue; night sweats or spontaneous sweating; dry throat and mouth; tendency to constipation with dry stools; generalized dryness; numbness and tingling in the limbs. Symptoms may be exacerbated in the evening, when fatigued, or with exertion. Also for Fei Lao (lung atrophy) presenting with chronic dry cough; cough with blood-streaked mucus; shortness of breath; weight loss; or slight fever.
Rheumatic heart disease, mitral valve stenosis, mitral valve prolapsed, arrhythmia, tachycardia, bradycardia, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, sick sinus syndrome, viral myocarditis, hyperthyroidism, emphysema, pulmonary tuberculosis, neurasthenia, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety disorders, chronic depression, sleep disorders, senility, short-term memory loss, attention deficit disorder, post-surgical weakness, post-hemorrhagic weakness, post-partum weakness, exhaustion following long-term illness.
Cautions and Contraindications: Use with caution during pregnancy. Use with caution in Yin deficient patients with deficiency heat. Use with caution in Spleen-deficient patients with a tendency to loose stools, diarrhea, poor appetite, or chronic digestive weakness.
Herbalist Note: The Zhi Gan Cao Tang (Honey-fried licorice decoction) was traditionally used not only for physical issues relating to the heart, but it was also used for psycho-emotional heart issues. This formula is famous in ancient Chinese medicine for use in anxiety, palpitations, heartache and heartbreak. A traditional modification to the formula for emotional use involves the use of trauma herbs such as the Notoginseng, which incidentally looks like a black and blue person; doctrine of signatures. The “Heart Elixir” contains the emotional trauma component. This formula is prepared for physical and emotional heart health. My feeling is, “We could all use some heart medicine at any time.”
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