Aspiration addresses all the major aspects and complications of depression: stagnant Qi, stagnant blood, heat, dampness, as well as food and phlegm entanglement. The formula treats the physical conditions, which are the felt symptoms of depression, including chest oppression and constriction, irritability, anger, frustration, flank pain, and various digestion complaints. The Chinese name of the chief herb is polygala (yuan zhi), or far-reaching, and attests to the formula's ability to renew zest for life. Uncaria (gou teng) drains liver heat and pacifies liver yang. Gardenia (zhi zi) clears heat and eliminates irritability. Albizzia bark (he huan pi), promotes the free flowing of constrained liver Qi, and is used for insomnia, poor memory, irritability due to constrained emotions. White peony (bai shao) curbs the liver yang and relieves flank, abdominal, or chest pain from either constrained liver Qi or disharmony between the liver and spleen. Tang kuei (dang gui) invigorates, tonifies, and harmonizes the blood in order to relieve blood stasis. Pinellia (ban xia) dries dampness, transforms phlegm, and causes rebellious Qi to descend. Poria (fu ling) leaches out dampness, and strengthens the spleen and transforms phlegm; this herb also quiets the heart and calms the spirit. Cyperus (xiang fu) promotes movement of Qi, and directs rebellious qi downward, and regulates the middle. Aspiration also includes two Western herbs, vervain and damiana, which have potent abilities to lift depression.
Blue Vervain herb (Herba Verbenae officinalis), Pinellia rhizome (ban xia), Damiana leaf (Folium Turnerae aphrodisiacae), Polygala root (yuan zhi), Uncaria stem (gou teng), Gardenia fruit (zhi zi), Albizzia bark (he huan pi), White Peony root (bai shao), Tang Kuei root (dang gui), Poria sclerotium (fu ling), Cyperus rhizome (xiang fu)
For more than a decade, Health Concerns has been in the forefront of research in herbal medicine, and was the first company to manufacture herbal products in the United States for practitioners. Its founder, Andrew Gaeddert, is an herbalist, lecturer, author of numerous books on herbal medicine, and committed to improving community health. He assisted in the development of clinical trials with HIV patients in 1992, and has been on the protocol team of a study to investigate the effects of Chinese herbs on chronic diarrhea, and an anemia study sponsored by the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine.
Health Concerns formulas are created on the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern biochemistry and developed by experienced practitioners such as Mr. Gaeddert, Dr. Fong, and Misha Cohen. They are targeted to treat specific disorders, and manufactured under strict quality control. All are continually tested to ensure optimum effectiveness, potency, and maximum bioavailability.