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Unique notes: This formula is excellent for someone who tends to chill easily, who has intermittent sharp pain either with ovulation or with the period. Menses may be dark and clotty. If you are over 40 and have a cooler constitution you may actually feel your belly is cooler than the surrounding areas.
Indications: imparied blood flow to the uterus, endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, painful periods, backaches during the period, amenorrhea (lack of period), menorrhagia (heavy bleeding), irregular menustration, blocked fallopian tubes,infertility (very important to consult with an herbalist before using this formula) It may have to be used in combination with another blood building formula.
In Chinese Medical theory these are all symptoms of blood stagnation, a restriction in the normal flow of blood. Free and Easy Energy invigorates the circulation of energy and blood, breaking up stagnant blood, warms the uterus and the lower jiao, releases cold and stops pain.
Blood stagnation occurs when the blood is not flowing normally, causing obstruction to the flow of energy and creating an accumulation of toxins. It can show up many ways in the body. A bruise, for example, is localized stagnant blood. Stagnation of blood has occurred when there is constricting the normal flow of blood. If a woman has pain and/or clots with her menses that is blood stagnation. Acne is blood stagnation which releases itself through the skin.
What creates blood stagnation in the reproductive area?
In the uterus if the blood flow is slowed it can cause stagnation. This could happen for a number of reasons, all of them creating a ''cold'' energy in the uterus. For example: Swimming in cold water at the time of the menses - an operation which opens the uterus to the cold operating room air -drinking too many iced cold drinks all the time - or just being born with a ''cold'' constitution (you are always cold, especially hands and feet). If the uterus is not as warm as it should be then the flow of blood slows down and can create pockets of stagnation.
This is a main contributing factor for women when they have irregular menses, infertility, clots, fibroids, endometriousis, blocked tubes, and is why they can have pain with ovulation or with their cycle. When '' heat'' helps to relieve an internal condition (heating pad, hot water bottle) you know that the internal energy which is out of balance is ''cold'' in nature.
Being aware of this energy pattern helps you to help your body heal faster. Use warmth to help yourself. Drink more warm drinks, use a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your belly from the first day of your period until ovulation. If you feel pain at ovulation, use heat again. Chinese medicine does not believe that a painful ovulation or a painful period is natural. It can be healed.
Of course, if you have issues with any of these issues it is good to consult with your doctor. Healing is not a matter chosing sides. It is a matter of having all the knowledge you can gather, so you can make the best choice for yourself. If you have a very large fibroid that can not be diminished by Chinese herbs, have the laporoscopy to remove it. But learn how to prepare yourself for the operation and how to help yourself recover. These are things you can learn to do for yourself. You always want to be taking part in your own healing process.
How to take: Do NOT take for your full cycle. Start with taking 2 capsules per day for the 2 weeks before your cycle. Once your menses starts, stop the formula. If you keep taking it the invigorating quality of the formula could cause heavier bleeding. Feel free to consult with one of our Chinese Herbalists as you progress. She can help you decide whether to increase the dose the next month or not. This formula will help to resolve the pain and then you will not need to take it any more.
We have three formulas for blood stagnation in the lower jiao. How do you choose? When should you switch to another?
Free and Easy Energy -- more symptoms of cold; sharp fixed pains (blood and cold stagnation)
This formula is warming and moving. Only taken for 2 weeks and dose increased only with advice.
A Woman's Vitality -- still pain, but not the sharp, fixed pain associated with cold. (blood stagnation and blood deficiency). This formula is blood building and blood moving. Only taken for 2 weeks; dose adjusted with advicel
Cinnamon and Poria - a very effective formula that can be taken long term and used for the whole cycle. It is more of a cycle regulator because it enlivens blood circulaiton and gradually relieves stagnant blood in the uterus, still warming the uterus to stop the pain and still very effective for all of the associated conditions like fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, etc.
Caution: If you are using a blood thinner do not take without consulting your doctor. Prolonged use may depete your energy and blood (because you are moving it so much), so best to take it for 2-3 months and then spend a month taking a good blood builder like Super Fertility #3, Thinkers Energy Tonic, Complete Super Tonic or Ultra Nourishing before you resume.