Women’s monthly menstrual cycle is draining – literally! Women inevitably lose blood every month, which is taxing. Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding similarly require a proper supply of Blood. Considering the demands these events put on a women’s body, Chinese medicine doctors have been particularly concerned with two issues, both of which are addressed by DAO Woman’s Formula: the problem of insufficient Blood, know as “Blood deficiency,” and the issue of poor flow of Blood, known as “Blood stagnation.” Although Women’s Formula focuses more on the former, it recognizes that the two states are interrelated and therefore addresses both.
Women’s Formula is based on a centuries old formula classically used for nurturing women’s bodies by building the blood and gently moving stagnation. Chinese doctors have used this formula as the base for treating a very wide array of gynecological problems, modifying it with just the simple addition of a few herbs depending on the individual’s presentation.
It is frequently used for irregular menstruation with little blood flow, but it can often help with excessive flow as well. One popular use of this formula in China is take it at the beginning of one’s cycle, a couple days after one’s period has ended, to replenish what was “lost” during menstruation and to get the next cycle off to a good start.
In clinical practice, the uses of this formula are even more extensive. It may be used to treat threatened miscarriage the careful supervision of a doctor, certain skin disorders, dizziness, blurred vision, muscle tension and cramps, insomnia, and any condition that has Blood deficiency at its root.
The composition of this formula is an excellent example of balance. Rehmannia root nourishes the Liver blood and replenishes the body’s reserves, nourishing the reproductive energy and boosting fertility.
Peony also builds the blood, but additionally softens the Liver, smoothing the flow of Qi to address cramping.
Chinese Angelica root is a classic herb for women’s health, used to nourish and gently move the Blood as well as harmonize the Liver, regulating the menstrual cycle.
Szechuan Lovage root moves Qi root moves Qi to address the stagnation of Blood, which often develops from chronic Blood deficiency but can be exacerbated by excessively supplementing the Blood.