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Ancient Formulas for Contemporary Wellness

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers an extremely valuable, rich, lengthy, and extensive herbal treatment history. Within it are thousands of years of development and research which we benefit from greatly today. As opposed to some forms of herbalism and western medicine, Chinese herbs are often used in formulas instead of being used singularly in larger amounts. Formulas allow you to blend herbs to enhance their positive effects and reduce or eliminate any negative side effects they may have. These formulas take years and years of practice to master and many are kept within families and or generations of teacher-student transmissions. This rich tradition is a very valuable gift from previous generations. The true benefit of this herbal tradition, as with acupuncture, is that it allows practitioners to blend formulas to match each patient and their signs and symptoms exactly. Instead of having a standard formula for a particular condition you can increase the clinical effectiveness of the herbs through this tailoring. For the patient this ideally means faster results with less side-effects.

Andara Herbal Elixirs are hand crafted herbal remedies created by Cara Dinote, L.Ac., based on traditional Chinese medicine that address today’s health and wellness concerns. If TCM is new to you, here is a quick overview. Western medicine typically uses supplements or pain relievers to treat specific ailments, such as a migraine or cramps. TCM uses herbal formulas to correct an imbalance in the body which is considered to be the root cause of discomfort or the problem, not just the symptoms.

There are many advantages to using herbal remedies:

– Little to no side effects
– Long term results
– Treats the root cause not the symptom
– Thousands of years in use


Revive Anti-Aging Formula


Rehmanniae radix (Shu Di Huang), Mother of Pearl (Zhen Zhu Mu), Polygoni multiflora (He Shou Wu), Goji berry (Gou Qi Zi), Schisandrae fructus (Wu Wei Zi)

Function: Nourishes the blood and the yin.  Brightens the eyes and darkens the hair. Benefits the essence. Benefits the liver, kidneys, and heart.

Description: The herbs in this formula perform synergistically together as an anti-aging antidote to address concerns relating to declining hair and skin quality and poor eye health.  In addition, the herbs in this formula serve to promote good cardiovascular and adrenal health by improving blood circulation and lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels. This formula also supports the immune system as many of the herbs contain anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, immunosuppressive, detoxifying properties.  


Vitality Wellness Formula


Chinese Date (Da Zao), Ginseng (Dang Shen), Astragalus root (Huang Qi), White Atractylodes Rhizome (Bai Zhu), White Peony (Bai Shao), Licorice Root (Gan Cao), Bupleurum (Chai Hu), Tangerine Peel (Chen Pi), Prepared Ginger (Sheng Jiang)

Function: Tonifies and reinforces the Qi.  Nourishes the blood and calms spirit.  Boosts the protective Qi and secures the exterior.  Improves digestion and metabolism.

Description: The herbs in this formula perform synergistically together to enhance one’s energy level and boost the immune system.  Pharmacologically, this formula serves as a hepatoprotective (liver health), metabolic, antineoplastic (prevent or inhibit development of cancer cells), anti-inflammatory, analgesic, detoxifier, and immunostimulant. This a good formula to prevent illness, address fatigue and weakness, improve digestion, and calms the mind for clear focus.


Peace of Mind Cognitive Formula


Polygala Root (Yuan Zhi), Fleeceflower Caulis (Ye Jiao Teng), Dragon Bone (Long Gu), Oyster Shell (Mu Li), Salvia Root (Dan Shen), Silktree Bark (He Huan Pi), Sour Jujube (Suan Zao Ren), Biota Seed (Bai Zi Ren), Angelica Root (Dang Gui)

White Peony (Bai Shao), Grassleaf Sweetflag Rhizome (Shi Chang Pu)

Function: Nourishes the heart and blood.  Calms spirit.  Opens the orifices to clear the mind.  Promotes the movement of Qi.  Soothes irritability.  Benefits the liver, kidneys, spleen, and heart.

Description: The herbs in this formula perform synergistically to improve cognitive function and memory, and alleviate anxiety and insomnia.  This formula has two primary functions.  First, this formula is a CNS suppressant in which many of the herbs acts as an anti-convulsant and contains sedative and hypnotic properties.  Second, the aromatic nature of some herbs serves as a vasodilator to ensure the smooth flow of blood to the heart, while the brain boosting nootropic properties of the other herbs enhance cognition, focus, clarity and attention.

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