Calm Formula - over working and worried... 精神緊張
Calm Formula - over working and worried... 精神緊張
Calm Formula - over working and worried... 精神緊張
Calm Formula - over working and worried... 精神緊張
Calm Formula - over working and worried... 精神緊張

Calm Formula - over working and worried... 精神緊張

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A blend of earthy plant roots to help ground you, so you can feel calm and relaxed and not get anxious or nervous, especially when under stress.*

Non GMO | Gluten Free | No sugar, corn or dairy  | No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, chemical binders or wax 

100% Pure all natural herbs, blended, made, and packaged in the USA

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

A Proven, Researched-Backed Calm Formula

Studies published in journals such as the Evid Based Complement Alternat Med have highlighted the anti-inflammatory properties of Thinleaf Milkwort Root (Yuan Zhi). These studies have demonstrated its remarkable effects on promoting neurite outgrowth in the normal brain, anchoring the mind and improving memory impaired by scopolamine and stress. Showing its significant effects for conditions involving inflammation and cognitive impairment. Similarly, International Journal of Immunopharmacology research in Poria (Fu Ling) demonstrated that Fu Ling enhanced the secretion of immune stimulators, making it particularly beneficial for those suffering from anxiety-related symptoms. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies have highlighted that Poria with Wood Root (Fu Shen) combination of the fungus and the pine root in the form of fu shen or fu shen mu was considered more effective than the fu ling fungus alone.

This proven experienced formula shown to: 
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces nervousness
  • Aids the body’s ability to handle stress
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

For adults, take 3 - 5 pills with warm water once or twice daily if needed. For children, age 10 to teens take 1 - 3 pills with warm water. If taking other medications or supplements, allow at least 2 hours before or after using this product.

 

Different individuals may experience different symptoms, including:

  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Feeling weak or easily tired
  • Stressed out and not eating enough 
  • Fatigue or feeling lazy
  • Feel sleepy after eating

Light, daily exercises like yoga or walking help to keep the body and immune system strong. Practice deep breathing using your nose not your mouth. Eat balanced meals with both yin and yang foods. Consume a little bit more protein from plants or animals (beets, beans, avocado, or meats like chicken, pork, fish, turkey and bone broth). It is best to avoid eating raw or uncooked foods like salad and sushi; spicy or heavily seasoned foods like salsa or barbeque; and greasy foods like cheese or french fries. No smoking, alcohol, coffee, and cold beverages.

Serving Size 10 pills
Serving Per Container 30
Amount Per Serving 3000mg
Herbal Blend:
Fresh Rehmannia Root
Poria with Wood Root
Dwarf Lilyturf Root
Thinleaf Milkwort Root
Spine Date Seed
Licorice Root
Other ingredients: Pure honey to aid digestion and absorption

Keep out of reach of children. Use only as directed. If any signs of discomfort or irritation occur, discontinue use and consult your physician. 

Please note that a TCM formula is prescribed based on a diagnosed pattern and multiple formulas are usually prescribed to treat the whole person. Please consult a professional TCM practitioner, they will be best able to guide you.

Combining herbal formulas can effectively address multiple health concerns or enhance Anxiety Disorder related conditions: 

  • For GAD with Qi Imbalance, combine Energy Endurance (1-5 pills), Kidney Yin (1-3 pills) and Calm (1-5 pills) to harmonize before stress.
  • For Panic, Phobias, Social Phobia linked to Heart issues, take Heart Support (5-10 pills) to ease symptoms.
  • For OCD, PTSD from Liver imbalances, take Sleep(Mind) (5-10 pills) to calm excessive Liver Fire.
  • For GAD tied to Spleen imbalances, take Calm (1-5 pills) after meals to soothe nerves.
  • For GAD due to Blood and Essence Deficiency, combine Silkie’s Digestion herbal formula (appropriate symptoms), Energy Endurance (1-3 pills), Kidney Yin (1-3 pills), and Calm (1-3 pills).
  • For GAD influenced by Emotional Factors, take Mood (1-5 pills), Silkie’s Digestion herbal formula (appropriate symptoms), Kidney Yin (1-3 pills), and Calm (1-3 pills).

Learn more about Herbal Formula Combinations

Ingredients

Ingredients

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Fresh rehmannia root

Fresh rehmannia root (Sheng Di Huang) known for its cooling and nourishing properties, Fresh Rehmannia Root supports Kidney and Heart health, promotes fluid production, and calms the mind. It's often used in formulas for insomnia, restlessness, and irritability.

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Poria with Wood Root

Poria with Wood Root (Fu Shen) derived from Poria cocos fungus, has calming properties that stabilize the Shen (spirit), settle the Heart, and promote restful sleep. It's commonly included in formulas for insomnia, palpitations, and anxiety.

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Dwarf lilyturf root

Dwarf Lilyturf Root (Mai Men Dong) moistening and nourishing properties support Lung and Stomach health, relieve dryness, and calm the mind. It's often used for dry cough, thirst, and irritability.

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Thinleaf milkwort root

Thinleaf Milkwort Root (Yuan Zhi) renowned for its calming effects, Thinleaf Milkwort Root relieves anxiety, promotes restful sleep, and is used in formulas for insomnia and emotional agitation.

honey is the only binding agent
no artificial fillers or ingredients
herbs harvested at the height of potency

100% Natural

Our herbal supplements are made with natural honey as the binder. Honey can support the lungs, intestine, spleen, and stomach; It works as a natural preservative with antibacterial and healing properties. Unlike other herbal supplement companies that use starch, magnesium, and other chemical substances as binders for their supplements, we only use 100% honey. We also avoid using vegetable capsules because they require chemical components to form the capsule shape.

Peak Harvest Herbs

The herbs in our herbal pill blends are harvested at the height of their potency and they are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre-or post-season, but in our view, there is no substitute for premium quality.

5 Generations

Over five generations we have collected, tested and refined Chinese herbal formulas that themselves draw from 3000 years of experience of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is a profound pathway to create the life you were born to live. It's a timeless bridge that can initiate and support change and growth in any and every life dimension: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. 

TCM history

Message From Ann

“Good Health is crucial for our overall well-being. It encompasses physical, mental, and emotional aspects, and it's important to prioritize taking care of ourselves to lead a fulfilling life. Emphasizing prevention over cure is paramount for maintaining this balance. Without health, life can become incredibly challenging. It affects our ability to pursue our goals, enjoy our relationships, and experience daily life to the fullest. Good health forms the foundation for everything else we want to achieve and experience.” - Ann Tam

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Ann's Story

Here's my story.

If you feel skeptical or unsure of Chinese herbal remedies, I could hardly blame you. I wasn't a believer either until my daughter grew very sick and my father (the 4th generation herbalist) helped her get better with herbs.

I was born into a family of herbalists. My father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, great-great grandfather were all herbalists. I represent the 5th generation in this long lineage dating back to Imperial China.

When I was three or four years old, I started to learn herbal songs and how to identify herbs. As I got older, I was taught how to process the herbs while working in my dad’s clinic in Vietnam. After we immigrated to the United States, my dad asked me if I wanted to pursue a career in TCM as an herbalist or acupuncturist. I said, “No, just leave me alone, Dad. I will find something I enjoy doing for work.” So, he left me alone to find my own way.

I wanted nothing to do with herbal medicine until I gave birth to my second daughter, Catherine, who was born with severe gastric reflux. When Catherine was 10 days old, I had to take her to the ER for IV injections into her little hand because she couldn’t keep milk down. Besides vomiting, she also was having diarrhea. Catherine was losing nutrition from both ends, so her tiny body was shrinking. At that time my dad warned me, “She needs to be treated with herbal medicine, otherwise she will have seizures later on.” I didn’t fully understand what my dad was talking about, so I ignored him.

My daughter got so ill that she could only take half an ounce of milk per hour. Before feeding her, I would use a syringe and shoot Zantac into her mouth to lessen the vomiting. As time passed, she needed milk more often, and consequently more Zantac. By the time Catherine was 8 months old, she needed to be fed and medicated 11 times a day.

I could hardly sleep, eat, shower or rest. Even at night, I had to drape my daughter over my shoulder for her to sleep. If I put Catherine down, she would vomit. I barely had time to squeeze in a 5-minute shower once or twice a week for myself. I was exhausted, but what could I do? I had to care for my daughter and do my best to survive each day with the hope that she would get better or at the very least her condition would not worsen.

Catherine had to wear a turtleneck with two sweaters along with a baby cap and scarf to be outside during the heat of summer, even when temperatures were 100 plus degrees. If I didn’t cover her up, she would have a runny nose, cough, and non stop vomiting. How will she be able to go to school or anywhere with air conditioning?

One day we went to a Vietnamese pho restaurant. After I set Catherine down into the high-chair, I turned around and adjusted my chair. Then I heard a woman’s shout, “Look at her!” I looked in the direction she pointed. It was Catherine…her eyes rolled up and her entire body stiff and shaking with fluid coming out of her mouth. Someone said, “Squeeze some lemon into her mouth.” I did it without hesitating and Catherine’s body relaxed.

We rushed her to the ER. For 3 days she was in the NICU where they monitored her brain. The doctors told me I was lucky because my daughter’s seizure didn’t last for more than 3 minutes which would have damaged her brain. After that I always carried a piece of lemon because I had no idea when my baby girl might have another seizure.

The seizures started to come weekly, so the doctor prescribed anti-seizure medication. Catherine wasn’t even 1 year of age, and already she was taking Zantac 11 times plus anti-seizure medicine 3 times a day. It was nearly impossible to administer the anti-seizure medicine because whenever I took out the syringe, she would cry and start vomiting.

I took Catherine to see a specialist at CHOC. I asked, “Doctor, have you ever seen any infant with this condition get well?” The doctor replied, “It depends. Some will grow out of it, but some don’t. If they don’t, then they will have to take medication for the rest of their life.”

“What do you mean by grow out of it?” The doctor explained that Catherine might get better by herself as she got older.

My mind was racing. “All this time the prescribed medication has not been treating her stomach?” The doctor said, “No, it only helps to guide the food down, so she won’t vomit it back up. That’s why you have to give it to her before the feeding.”

“Well, what if she doesn’t grow out of it?” In that case, Catherine will be dependent upon medication for the rest of her life. The doctor further informed me that she too was born with gastro reflux and is still taking medicine for the condition.

Her statement was like lightning in my brain. If the doctor can’t even treat herself for gastro reflux, how can she help my daughter? Seeing the futility of my path, I turned to my dad for help.

My dad advised me to stop all western drugs and to give her an herbal prescription 3 times a day. Administering medicine 3 times instead of 14 times a day to Catherine was a godsend to me. Even though it sounded too good to be true, I figured that I could still give Zantac to Catherine if she didn’t get better or continued to vomit.

After one month of herbs 3 times a day, Catherine vomited less and less. To test Catherine, I let her cry to see if she would vomit. She didn’t, so I knew she was getting better. After another month of herbal medicine, Catherine was able to wear less clothing without getting a runny nose, coughing, or vomiting. After 3 months of herbal formulas, she stopped having episodes of gastro reflux and seizure. Catherine will enjoy a normal, healthy life.

Because of Catherine’s dramatic recovery, I was sold on Chinese medicine and asked my dad to treat me. I fainted very easily, especially during the winter. After a few months of herbal formulas, I have never fainted again.

I started to have time to think and tried to understand why a piece of lemon helps to relax the muscles and stop a seizure. Lemon is a common citrus, yet it has magical powers that we don’t understand and underestimate. I wanted to learn more and find answers, so I decided to go to China which has a long history of herbal medicine. I went to TCM schools in China and Hong Kong and worked in the TCM hospitals to learn from the best herbal doctors in the world.

When I was there, I knew one day I would want to become an herbalist, but how can I get a steady supply of high-quality herbs. My dad and I backpacked across China and visited many farmlands. We interviewed farmers to grow herbs for us. Our products are used with the highest quality herbs that have been harvested at the height of their potency. They are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre- or post-season.

After I came back to the United State, I worked with my dad and learned from his experiences and studied the formulas that our ancestors passed down. What I have been through helped me to understand the importance of health. Without health, don’t even talk about career, beauty, education, freedom, etc. I now have worked with many families who have suffered as I have. Their endearing appreciation drives me to work harder.

Our namesake "Silkie" is a Chinese breed of chicken that is well known for its calm and friendly temperament. They are gentle and caring and make wonderful mothers. A Silkie loves nothing more than brooding a cluster of eggs, whether they are hers or not, even if they are "duck eggs". We share the same outlook and care for our clients the same way we care for our own family.

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Understanding Anxiety Disorders: A Comprehensive Guide


Anxiety disorder is a mental health condition characterized by excessive and persistent feelings of worry, fear, or apprehension. These feelings can interfere with daily activities, relationships, and overall quality of life. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health disorders, affecting millions of people worldwide.

Common Types of Anxiety Disorders


  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): GAD involves chronic and excessive worry about various aspects of life, such as work, health, finances, or relationships. Individuals with GAD often experience physical symptoms like restlessness, muscle tension, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Panic Disorder: Panic disorder is characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden episodes of intense fear or discomfort. These attacks can be accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, and a feeling of impending doom.

Common Types of Anxiety Disorders


  • Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia): Social anxiety disorder involves an intense fear of social situations and scrutiny by others. Individuals with social anxiety may fear judgment, embarrassment, or humiliation in social settings, leading to avoidance of social interactions and significant distress.
  • Specific Phobias: Specific phobias involve an intense and irrational fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. Common phobias include fear of heights, animals, needles, flying, and enclosed spaces. Avoidance behavior is a hallmark feature of specific phobias.

Common Types of Anxiety Disorders


  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD is characterized by recurring intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) performed to alleviate distress or prevent perceived harm. Common obsessions include fears of contamination, symmetry, or harm, while common compulsions include excessive cleaning, checking, or counting.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as combat, natural disaster, physical assault, or serious accident. Symptoms may include intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, avoidance of reminders, and negative changes in mood and cognition.

Western Medicine Perspective on Anxiety Disorders


From a Western medicine perspective, anxiety disorders are understood as complex mental health conditions that involve a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Here's an overview of how Western medicine views anxiety disorders:

Biological Factors


  • Research suggests that biological factors play a significant role in the development of anxiety disorders. This includes genetics, as individuals with a family history of anxiety disorders are more likely to experience them themselves. Additionally, abnormalities in brain chemistry and neurotransmitter imbalances, particularly involving serotonin, norepinephrine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), are implicated in anxiety disorders.

Psychological Factors


  • Psychological factors such as personality traits, coping mechanisms, and learned behaviors also contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders. For example, individuals with certain personality traits, such as high neuroticism or low resilience, may be more susceptible to anxiety. Additionally, traumatic experiences, chronic stress, and negative life events can increase the risk of developing an anxiety disorder.

Environmental Factors


  • Environmental factors, including stressful life events, childhood experiences, and socio-cultural influences, can contribute to the onset and exacerbation of anxiety disorders. For instance, growing up in a chaotic or unstable environment, experiencing abuse or trauma, or facing significant life changes (such as moving, divorce, or job loss) can increase vulnerability to anxiety disorders.

Neurobiological Mechanisms


  • Anxiety disorders are associated with dysregulation of the brain's stress response system, particularly the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the amygdala, which plays a central role in processing fear and threat-related stimuli. Chronic activation of these systems can lead to heightened arousal and persistent anxiety symptoms.

Diagnostic Criteria and Assessment


  • Anxiety disorders are diagnosed based on specific criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Healthcare professionals assess symptoms, duration, and impairment in functioning to determine an accurate diagnosis. Screening tools and standardized assessments may also be used to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning.

Treatment Approaches


  • Treatment for anxiety disorders typically involves a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle modifications. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) are commonly used psychotherapeutic approaches. Medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), benzodiazepines, and other anxiolytic medications may be prescribed based on individual needs and preferences.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective on Anxiety Disorders


In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), anxiety disorders are viewed through the lens of an imbalance in the body's Qi (pronounced "chee"), or vital energy, as well as disruptions in the harmonious interaction between the body, mind, and environment. Here's an overview of the TCM perspective on anxiety disorders:

Imbalance of Qi and Disharmony


TCM considers anxiety disorders to be manifestations of imbalances in the flow of Qi throughout the body. When Qi becomes stagnant, deficient, or blocked, it can lead to disharmony within the body, resulting in symptoms of anxiety and emotional distress.

Organ System Involvement


TCM attributes anxiety disorders to imbalances in specific organ systems, particularly the Heart, Liver, and Spleen. Each organ system is associated with certain emotions and functions, and disruptions in these systems can contribute to anxiety symptoms:

  • Heart: The Heart governs the mind and houses the Shen, or spirit. Anxiety and restlessness are often associated with disturbances in the Heart system.
  • Liver: The Liver regulates the smooth flow of Qi and emotions. When Liver Qi becomes stagnant, it can lead to irritability, frustration, and emotional upheaval, which may manifest as anxiety.
  • Spleen: The Spleen is responsible for transforming food into Qi and Blood. Weakness or dysfunction of the Spleen can result in dampness and phlegm accumulation, leading to worry, overthinking, feeling sleepy after eating and rumination.

Blood and Essence Deficiency


TCM also recognizes deficiencies in Blood and Essence (Kidney Jing) as underlying factors in anxiety disorders. Blood deficiency can manifest as palpitations, insomnia, and poor memory, while Essence deficiency may lead to feelings of weakness, fatigue, and mental fog.

Emotional Factors


TCM emphasizes the connection between emotional well-being and physical health. Chronic stress, emotional trauma, and unresolved emotional issues are believed to contribute to the development and exacerbation of anxiety disorders by disrupting the flow of Qi and impacting the balance of organ systems.

Treatment Approaches


TCM utilizes various modalities to address anxiety disorders and restore balance to the body and mind:

  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points along meridians to stimulate the flow of Qi and promote balance within the body. It can help alleviate anxiety symptoms by calming the mind, regulating emotions, and harmonizing organ function.
  • Herbal Medicine: Chinese herbal formulas contain Chinese herbs with calming, nourishing, and Qi-regulating properties may be used to address anxiety symptoms and support overall well-being.
  • Dietary Therapy: TCM dietary principles focus on consuming foods that nourish the organs and promote balance within the body. Dietary modifications, such as reducing caffeine and sugar intake, may be recommended to support emotional stability and reduce anxiety.
  • Mind-Body Practices: Practices such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and meditation are integral components of TCM and can help calm the mind, regulate emotions, and cultivate inner harmony.
  • Lifestyle Recommendations: TCM emphasizes the importance of lifestyle factors in maintaining health and preventing imbalances. Recommendations may include stress management techniques, adequate rest and relaxation, regular exercise, and cultivating supportive social relationships.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Formulas vs Current Herbalism


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) boasts an extensive history of herbal treatment, developed over thousands of years, offering valuable insights. In contrast to western herbalism's reliance on single herbs at high doses, TCM utilizes combinations of 4 to 10 herbs, working synergistically to address various body imbalances. This approach enhances positive effects and minimizes negative side effects. TCM formulas not only alleviate symptoms but also target the root cause of the imbalance, allowing for reduced or discontinued herbal intake as health improves.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Formulas vs Current Herbalism


While the medical industry and research groups focus on isolating and extracting specific compounds from herbs or herbal extracts that offer concentrated compounds for new treatments, this approach may limit the benefits. The process of extracting herbs often involves the use of solvents or high heat, which can degrade the quality of the active compounds and may also introduce harmful residues. TCM emphasizes the use of whole herbs, where naturally occurring compounds complement each other, maximizing therapeutic effects.

Silkie’s Herbal Formulas


Silkie is the result of five generations of experience and wisdom in Chinese Medicine. We start with the highest quality herbs that have been harvested at the height of their potency. They are substantially more expensive than less potent herbs that were harvested in the pre-or post-season, but in our view, there is no substitute for premium quality. Our supplements are made with natural honey as the binder. We don't use any fillers or artificial ingredients because this is how our great-grandfathers did it and we carry on that tradition.

Silkie’s Herbal Formulas


Herbal formulations take years and years to master and the most potent formulas are often kept as family or lineage secrets. This rich tradition is a very valuable gift from previous generations. With five generations of crafting formulas to help the local community, we have refined the herbal blends for modern life. 

Silkie utilizes herbal formulations tailored to individual patterns of imbalance. These formulas typically consist of a combination of herbs chosen for their synergistic effects in addressing both the symptoms and root causes.

Introducing the Highest Quality Herbs Inside Calm Formula

In TCM, Fresh Rehmannia Root (Sheng Di Huang)

Nature and Flavor: Sheng Di Huang is classified as a yin-tonifying herb with a cooling nature. Its taste is described as bitter and sweet.

Meridian Affinity: It primarily affects the Heart, Liver, and Kidney meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Nourishing Yin and Fluids: Fresh Rehmannia Root is renowned for its ability to nourish Yin, particularly the Kidney and Liver Yin. It replenishes bodily fluids, alleviates dryness, and restores moisture in cases of Yin deficiency.
  2. Clearing Heat and Cooling Blood: This herb possesses remarkable heat-clearing properties, making it invaluable in addressing conditions characterized by heat and toxicity. It helps cool the blood, reducing symptoms such as fever, irritability, and bleeding disorders.
  3. Nourishing Blood: Sheng Di Huang also has blood-tonifying effects, enhancing blood circulation, and addressing symptoms associated with blood deficiency, such as pale complexion, dizziness, and palpitations.

Common Applications:

  • Yin deficiency with heat signs: Sheng Di Huang is often used to treat conditions like night sweats, hot flashes, and irritability.
  • Bleeding disorders: Its cooling properties make it effective in managing various bleeding disorders, including nosebleeds and bloody urine.
  • Nourishing Yin and Blood: It's frequently included in formulas to nourish Yin and blood, promoting overall vitality and wellness.

Preparation and Dosage: Sheng Di Huang can be used in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) Dosage may vary depending on the specific condition and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Poria with Wood Root (Fu Shen)

Nature and Flavor: Fu Shen is classified as sweet and neutral in taste and nature. Its sweet flavor helps to tonify the Spleen and nourish the Heart, while its neutral nature helps to balance the body's energy.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Heart, Spleen, and Kidney meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Calming the Spirit: Fu Shen is prized for its ability to calm the spirit and relieve symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and palpitations, making it beneficial for promoting emotional well-being.
  2. Tonifying the Spleen: It has a special affinity for tonifying the Spleen and promoting the digestion and absorption of nutrients, making it beneficial for conditions such as poor appetite, fatigue, and loose stools.
  3. Promoting Sleep: Fu Shen also helps to promote sleep and alleviate insomnia, particularly when caused by Spleen deficiency or Heart imbalances.

Common Applications:

  • Insomnia: Fu Shen is frequently used to treat insomnia and promote restful sleep, reducing symptoms such as difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, and poor sleep quality.
  • Palpitations: Its ability to calm the spirit makes it beneficial for treating palpitations and heart palpitations, reducing symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, chest tightness, and restlessness.
  • Poor appetite: Fu Shen's ability to tonify the Spleen helps to promote appetite and improve digestion, particularly in cases of Spleen deficiency characterized by poor appetite and fatigue.

Preparation and Dosage: Fu Shen can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, tinctures, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Dwarf Lilyturf Root (Mai Men Dong)

Nature and Flavor: Mai Dong is classified as sweet and slightly bitter in taste and cool in nature. Its sweet flavor nourishes Yin and moistens dryness, while its cooling nature helps clear heat and resolve fire-related conditions.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Heart and Lung meridians, though it also influences the Stomach and Spleen meridians to some extent.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Nourishing Yin and Moistening Dryness: Mai Dong is prized for its ability to nourish Yin and moisten dryness in the body. It helps replenish bodily fluids, soothe dryness-related symptoms, and promote overall hydration.
  2. Clearing Heat and Resolving Fire: It has a cooling effect on the body and helps clear heat and resolve fire-related conditions. This makes it beneficial for symptoms such as fever, irritability, and thirst.
  3. Nourishing the Stomach and Spleen: Mai Dong also has tonifying effects on the Stomach and Spleen organs, promoting healthy digestion and improving appetite. It can be beneficial for addressing symptoms of poor digestion, such as bloating, indigestion, and fatigue.

Common Applications:

  • Yin deficiency with heat signs: Mai Dong is frequently included in formulas aimed at nourishing Yin and clearing heat, particularly in cases of Yin deficiency with heat signs such as dry mouth, night sweats, and irritability.
  • Dryness-related conditions: Its ability to moisten dryness makes it beneficial for addressing symptoms such as dry cough, dry throat, and dry skin.
  • Digestive disorders: Mai Dong's tonifying effects on the Stomach and Spleen make it useful for promoting healthy digestion and improving appetite in cases of Spleen deficiency.

Preparation and Dosage: Mai Dong can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Thinleaf Milkwort Root (Yuan Zhi)

Nature and Flavor: Yuan Zhi is classified as bitter and slightly warm in taste and nature. Its bitter flavor helps to resolve phlegm and open the orifices, while its warmth helps to promote the flow of Qi (vital energy) and alleviate symptoms of cold.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Heart and Lung meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Calming the Spirit: Yuan Zhi is prized for its ability to calm the spirit and relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia, making it beneficial for promoting emotional well-being.
  2. Resolving Phlegm: It has a special affinity for resolving phlegm and opening the orifices, making it beneficial for conditions such as phlegm-dampness obstructing the orifices, forgetfulness, and poor concentration.
  3. Promoting Cognitive Function: Yuan Zhi also helps to promote cognitive function and improve memory, making it beneficial for conditions such as cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease.

Common Applications:

  • Insomnia: Yuan Zhi is frequently used to treat insomnia and promote restful sleep, reducing symptoms such as difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, and poor sleep quality.
  • Forgetfulness: Its ability to resolve phlegm and promote cognitive function makes it useful for treating forgetfulness and poor memory, particularly when caused by phlegm-dampness obstructing the orifices.
  • Depression: Yuan Zhi's calming properties make it beneficial for treating depression and emotional disturbances, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.

Preparation and Dosage: Yuan Zhi can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, tinctures, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Spine Date Seed (Suan Zao Ren)

Nature and Flavor: Suan Zao Ren is classified as sweet, sour, and slightly bitter in taste and neutral in nature. Its sweet and sour flavors help to nourish the Heart and Liver, while its neutral nature helps to balance the body's energy.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Heart, Liver, and Gallbladder meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Nourishing the Heart: Suan Zao Ren is prized for its ability to nourish the Heart and calm the spirit, making it beneficial for conditions such as insomnia, palpitations, and anxiety.
  2. Soothing Liver Qi: It has a special affinity for soothing Liver Qi and relieving symptoms of Liver Qi stagnation, such as irritability, mood swings, and headaches.
  3. Promoting Sleep: Suan Zao Ren also helps to promote sleep and alleviate insomnia, particularly when caused by Heart and Liver imbalances or emotional disturbances.

Common Applications:

  • Insomnia: Suan Zao Ren is frequently used to treat insomnia and promote restful sleep, reducing symptoms such as difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, and poor sleep quality.
  • Anxiety: Its ability to nourish the Heart and calm the spirit makes it beneficial for treating anxiety and emotional disturbances, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.
  • Palpitations: Suan Zao Ren's calming properties make it useful for treating palpitations and heart palpitations, reducing symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, chest tightness, and restlessness.

Preparation and Dosage: Suan Zao Ren can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, teas, tinctures, and extracts. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Licorice Root (Gan Cao)

Nature and Flavor: Gan Cao is classified as sweet in taste and neutral in nature. Its sweet flavor harmonizes the actions of other herbs in a formula and helps to moderate their harshness or bitterness.

Meridian Affinity: This herb primarily targets the Spleen, Stomach, Heart, and Lung meridians.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Harmonizing the Middle Jiao: Gan Cao is prized for its ability to tonify the Spleen and Stomach, harmonize the middle jiao (digestive system), and promote healthy digestion. It helps alleviate symptoms of poor appetite, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
  2. Moistening the Lungs and Stopping Cough: It has moistening properties that help to nourish Lung Yin and alleviate dryness-related symptoms such as dry cough, sore throat, and hoarseness.
  3. Clearing Heat and Toxins: Gan Cao has mild heat-clearing and detoxifying properties, making it beneficial for addressing symptoms of heat-related conditions such as sore throat, mouth ulcers, and skin eruptions.

Common Applications:

  • Digestive disorders: Gan Cao is frequently included in formulas aimed at tonifying the Spleen and Stomach, promoting healthy digestion, and alleviating symptoms of poor appetite, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
  • Respiratory conditions: Its moistening properties make it beneficial for addressing symptoms of dry cough, sore throat, and hoarseness, particularly in cases of Lung Yin deficiency.
  • Heat-related conditions: Gan Cao's heat-clearing and detoxifying properties make it useful for addressing symptoms of sore throat, mouth ulcers, and skin eruptions associated with heat and toxins.

Preparation and Dosage: Gan Cao can be prepared in various forms, including decoctions, powders, pills, and extracts(not recommended.) The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the formulation used. It's essential to consult a qualified TCM practitioner for personalized guidance.

In TCM, Pure Honey

Nature and Flavor: Pure honey is classified as sweet in taste and neutral in nature. Its sweet flavor makes it appealing for culinary use, while its neutral nature makes it suitable for a wide range of constitutions.

Meridian Affinity: Honey has a harmonizing effect on all meridians, making it a versatile substance that can be used to support overall health and balance in the body.

Therapeutic Functions:

  1. Moistening and Nourishing: Honey is renowned for its ability to moisten and nourish the body, particularly the lungs and stomach. It helps alleviate dryness and promotes the production of bodily fluids, making it beneficial for conditions such as dry cough, dry throat, and constipation.
  2. Tonifying the Spleen and Stomach: It has a tonifying effect on the Spleen and Stomach organs, helping to strengthen digestion and improve appetite. This makes honey useful for addressing symptoms of poor digestion, such as bloating, indigestion, and fatigue.
  3. Soothing and Calming: Honey has a soothing and calming effect on the body and mind, making it beneficial for promoting relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help improve sleep quality and promote overall well-being.
  4. Promotes Wound Healing and Acts as Preservative: Accelerates wound healing, prevents infection, and serves as a natural preservative with antibacterial properties.

Common Applications:

  • Respiratory conditions: Honey is often used to soothe and alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions such as coughs, sore throats, and congestion. It can be taken alone or combined with other herbs to enhance its therapeutic effects.
  • Digestive disorders: Its tonifying properties make honey beneficial for improving digestion and alleviating symptoms of poor appetite, indigestion, and bloating.
  • General health and wellness: Honey is commonly used as a natural sweetener and food supplement to support overall health and vitality.

Preparation and Dosage: Pure honey can be consumed on its own or added to herbal teas, decoctions, or other medicinal preparations. The dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual's constitution. It's essential to use high-quality, unpasteurized honey to ensure maximum therapeutic benefits.

Combining Herbal Formulas Togethers

Combining herbal formulas can effectively address multiple health concerns or enhance overall well-being.

  • Consider Patterns: Identify underlying imbalances or health concerns before combining formulas to ensure compatibility.
  • Address Multiple Symptoms: Choose formulas targeting different health aspects to address multiple symptoms simultaneously.
  • Timing Matters: Consider organ functions according to the Silkie 24 Hour Wellness Wheel. For instance, take Liver and Gallbladder formulas post-dinner or around 7 pm, while Lung and Large Intestinal formulas are best taken upon waking or at 7 am.
  • Synergistic Actions: Look for herbs with complementary actions to enhance overall effectiveness, such as pairing anti-inflammatory with immune-boosting herbs.
  • Ensure Compatibility: Check compatibility and safety of combined herbs, avoiding conflicting actions or interactions. Consult trusted herbalists for guidance.
  • Customize Dosages: Adjust individual herb dosages based on personal needs and tolerance levels for optimal therapeutic effects.
  • Monitor Effects: Pay attention to body responses and modify combinations as needed. Seek guidance from trusted herbalists for personalized consultation.

Herbal Formula Combinations for Anxiety Disorder Related Conditions

  • Chinese Herbs for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Due to Qi Imbalance: Combine Energy Endurance 1 to 5 pills, Kidney Yin 1 to 3 pills with Calm 1 to 5 pills to harmonize organ systems before anxiety-inducing tasks, reducing symptoms like weakness, fatigue, and emotional distress.
  • Chinese Herbs for Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Phobia Due to Organ System Involvement(Heart): Take Heart Support 5 to 10 pills to address anxiety and restlessness associated with Heart system disturbances, alleviating symptoms like palpitations, sweating, and shortness of breath.
  • Chinese Herbs for OCD, PTSD Due to Organ System Involvement(Liver): Take Sleep(Mind) 5 to 10 pills before bed to calm excessive Liver Fire, reducing irritability and restlessness. Stagnant Liver Qi may manifest as anxiety and emotional upheaval.
  • Chinese Herbs for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Due to Organ System Involvement(Spleen): Take Calm 1 to 5 pills after meals to harmonize the Spleen, alleviating symptoms like nervousness, fatigue, and poor appetite, especially after stress or mealtime.
  • Chinese Herbs for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Due to Blood and Essence Deficiency: Combine Silkie’s Digestion herbal formula with the appropriate symptoms,  Energy Endurance 1 to 3 pills, Kidney Yin 1 to 3 pills with Calm 1 to 3 pills to address deficiency symptoms such as poor appetite, fatigue, and mental fog.
  • Chinese Herbs for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Due to Emotional Factors: Take Mood 1 to 5 pills, Digestion herbal formula with the appropriate symptoms, Kidney Yin 1 to 3 pills with Calm 1 to 3 pills to resolve emotional issues contributing to anxiety disorders.

The Highest Quality Chinese Herbs for Calm Formula


Silkie's Calm formula is made with the highest quality herbs that are carefully selected and harvested at their peak potency. While this means they are substantially more expensive, it is why our clients see substantially more noticeable results. The use of natural honey as a binder for the pills is a tradition that Silkie Herbs has proudly maintained, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of their supplements. The avoidance of fillers and artificial ingredients further reinforces our commitment to the natural and traditional methods of herbal preparation.

The Highest Quality Chinese Herbs for Calm Formula


Five generations of Silkie Herbs' expertise have resulted in a highly effective herbal formula that you can trust for your health. By utilizing Chinese herbal plant-based remedies for anxiety disorders, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle modifications, individuals can effectively manage mental health symptoms and improve overall well-being.