Like its suggestive name, one of the central goals of this formula is to achieve free flow, in this case the free flow of qi. We often translate the concept of “qi” into English as energy. But in Chinese medicine, qi is more properly a way for speaking about the constant movement and motion that constitutes life. If that movement is impeded, then one’s flow of qi is constrained, leading to a wide range of symptoms.
Although Emotional Balance might sound like the perfect antidote to the ills of modern life, its use is both narrower and wider than one might imagine.
This formula is used for a broad range of symptoms beyond those related emotional volatility – from dizziness and headaches, pain in the flanks, depressed appetite, fatigue, menstrual irregularity, breast tenderness, alternating sensations of hot and cold, abdominal pain, to dry mouth and throat.
The reason why Emotional Balance can be so effective for addressing emotional volatility and the wide-range of symptoms that may accompany it is that it is designed precisely to address the underlying pathological complexity described above. Using a principle known as “harmonization,” the formula addresses all three problems at once.
Bupleurum and Mint gently promote the smooth circulation of the Liver qi.
Atractylodes, Poria, cooked Licorice, and baked Ginger restore the Spleen’s qi.
Peony and Dang Gui nourish Liver Blood.
The result of this nicely balanced formula is usually a fairly quick improvement in the person’s condition. Whether one is struggling with the mood swings and discomforts of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the fatigue and digestive complaints brought on by emotional upset, or headaches and other discomforts caused by a stressful work environment.