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Smiling Buddha, Herbs for Stress

Shen Clinic Herbs

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Smiling Buddha / Beyond Free and Easy

Easing Symptoms of Stress, Depression, and Anxiety 

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From the view of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), experiencing a loss or thinking about loss, causes QI (energy) to tighten and in the chest.  This emotional constraint is known as Liver QI Stagnation (LQS). Liver QI Stagnation does not indicate, and should not be confused with, liver diseases.   

Liver QI Stagnation primarily effects the emotions, though it can also cause physical sensations, mainly functional pain in the chest, ribs, and hypochondria. It is almost always diagnosed as depression by Western physicians who consider it to be a brain or mind problem.

The view of the Eastern physician is quite different. Practitioners of Chinese medicine understand that Liver QI Stagnation (or depression) is actually a chest problem.  It is not fundamentally a mental or physical condition but an energetic condition caused by pent up energy QI in the chest, ribs, or abdominal cavity. Energy (QI) is considered physical in TCM, therefore Liver QI Stagnation, and its resulting symptoms are considered physical and therefore treatable by physical means.

Liver QI Stagnation (LQS) is believed to be the origin of many mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and some psychosis.  Though the causes of LQS can be complicated and different for each person, relief can be easily obtained by 'Freeing The Qi Of The Chest'.

Of the several herbal formulas known to regulate the QI of the chest; the best known is XIAO YAO SAN (aka Free & Easy Powder or Pills), which has been the go-to formula for Liver QI Stagnation for the last millennium. It combines CHAI HU and BO HE to powerfully free the Liver QI in the chest.  

More recently, Chinese herbologists have discovered other combinations that regulate the QI of the chest.  Smiling Buddha Capsules extend the effect of the CHAI HU + BO HE combination found in XIAO YAO SAN,  by adding a second combination, HE HUAN PI (mimosa bark) + DAN SHEN (red sage root), to reinforce the action of liberating constraint of the chest.


When to Use Smiling Buddha, and
When Not to Use Smiling Buddha

Smiling Buddha TCM Uses and Properties

  • Tension
  • Stress
  • Low Spirits
  • Anxiousness
  • Poor Sleep
  • Moves Liver Qi In The Chest
  • Calms The Spirit
  • Nourishes The Heart

    Smiling Buddha Safety Cautions and Contra-Indications

    Smiling Buddha is generally considered safe for everyone, nevertheless pregnant women are advised to consult with their health care providers before using any supplement. Traditional Chinese Medicine, when used properly, is powerful and reliable, but it can also be complex. Self-diagnosis and self-treatment aren't recommended for chronic, recurring, or serious illness. To insure the best outcome and minimize the chance of side effects, it's best to find a local practitioner or Start an E-mail Consultation now.

    Smiling Buddha Dosage

    3 capsules, 3 times a day, or as prescribed.. Best on an empty stomach.

    Smiling Buddha Ingredients

    1. HE HUAN PI (mimosa bark)
    2. CHAI HU (hare's ear root)
    3. DAN SHEN (red sage root)
    4. BO HE (mint)
    5. ZHI ZI (gardenia seeds)
    6. DENG XIN CAO (rush pith)
    7. FU SHEN (poria)
    8. DA ZAO (sour date)


    * These statements have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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