Herb Philosophy


The majority of herbal formulas we employ are based on Herbal Classics dating back to 200 AD.  The ancient Chinese had herbal formulas for the common cold, fertility problems, overindulgence in food and alcohol (i.e. hangover remedies). 

Chinese herbal formulas are of two main varieties.  First, there are formulas for acute conditions such as episodic and severe pain, contusions, and occasional maladies.  The second variety is constitutional formulas for long-term imbalances, such as menopause, digestive problems, chronic pain, and aging.

We use Chinese medicine to treat the root of the problem instead of masking symptoms.  …Health can be defined as achieving and maintaining a harmonious balance.  When one moves away from balance, herbs can help bring things back into harmony.

At Urban Samurai, we have used these herbal formulas at home and prescribed them in our practice for over ten years now.  We have extensively researched our suppliers to ensure we are providing formulas that meet the highest standards of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), which means no heavy metals or other toxins.  Our herbs come from Sun Ten (www.suntenglobal.com).


Top 5 Herbal Formulas and What it Treats

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang

The immediate help of this formulae is to relax and destress the body.  Whether that means achy shoulders preventing a harmonious sleep, a busy mind or an unsettled digestive system, CHJLGMLT is useful for all these conditions.  Some patients take this formula to prevent addictive behaviour such as emotional eating, smoking, or drinking.  Other people take this formula to start a detox protocol, or to ease anxiety on overstressed organs.

Qing Fei Tang 

This formula is useful in many scenarios. The formula name "Clear Lung Powder" hints at its efficacy.  Modifications of this medicine have been used in the past to treat pandemics, especially those related to lungs, colds and breathing problems.  Modern practitioners also employ this formula to detoxify the lung after long periods of exposure to smoke, whether first or second hand, and other environmental, air-born toxins.

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

This is a useful formula used primarily for menopause related symptoms.  There are over one hundred possible symptoms associated with this life change.  Unfortunately, for some women, this transitional time is a lot more treacherous and difficult than it is for others and some assistance is needed.  This formula works primarily to create harmony among the organs, working to calm hormonal upheaval.

Dang Gui Shao Yao San

This formula, from 200 AD, is mainly used for gynecological and fertility disorders. It works well to balance thyroid problems, as well as it nourishes blood.  Given the fact that our society is so over-worked and over-stressed, the vast majority of women are what Oriental medicine describes as “blood deficient.”  When there are adequate Qi and blood in the body, a woman is in a good position to conceive.  Without these, conception and pregnancy become more difficult.  Dang Gui Shao Yao San is helpful in boosting fertility.

Ba Wei Di Huang Wan

This formula is primarily used for men’s health.  It is used to slow and reverse the aging by nourishing the kidneys, adrenal glands, and reproductive organs.  Since the kidney and adrenal glands are so pertinent to the body, as they age, the body ages with them…Subtle symptoms of kidney and adrenal weakness include premature graying and balding.  More pronounced symptoms include reduced bladders strength and function.  As this formula strengthens the kidneys, the rest of the body also regains vitality.

Shi Quan Da Bu Yin Wan

This formula is used for patients needing help with their blood.  Chinese medicine is focused on blood and its production.  Patients with circulation problems (cold limbs, weak legs, anemia) tend to find relief with this formula. It works on the spleen, stomach, and kidneys to ensure improved circulation and blood production, nourishing the associated muscles, bones, and joints.