FAQ

FAQ's

We want to support you in
being an educated buyer, so
we created this list of questions
that we are asked the most.

Please reach out to us with any
additional concerns or curiosities!

Which Chica is right for me?

We created our original Chica Chocolate to be for anyone with a period looking for a delicious way to support their body and balance their hormones. Chica Chocolate is a great place to start if you have a period.

Chica Glow is for you if you struggle with hormonal acne around your period. Chica Glow will provide all the same hormones balancing benefits as our original Chica Chocolate.

Chica Chill is for anyone who doesn’t have a period, especially if you are either going through menopause or post-menopause. The herbs in Chica Chill can help relieve hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping, anxiety, irritability, and forgetfulness.

If you have any hesitations around any of the herbs in Chica, we encourage you to check in with your consulting medical practitioner.

What do you mean by my "hormonal cycle"

Your hormonal cycle is how your hormone levels change over the course of your  menstrual cycle. The term “menstrual cycle” refers the 4ish week during which your uterus prepares for pregnancy, ovulates, and sheds uterine lining into your panties. How you feel throughout this cycle is governed by the changes in three key hormones; estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. As these hormone levels rise and fall, you experience shifts in energy and mood. You can learn more here.

Why Chocolate?

Ever heard the stereotype about people craving chocolate when they’re on their period? Well, there is a reason for that. First, chocolate literally makes you happy (endorphins, get at me!) second, the high magnesium content in dark chocolate does all kinds of good things for your body, including easing PMS symptoms in many people and increasing energy.*

We believe that eating delicious, sustainably sourced organic chocolate is simply a great way to improve your day.

What if my cycle isn’t regular?

If you don’t know when you are going to start bleeding, or don’t bleed at the same time every month, it’s ok! Fortunately for you, nature has a built in cycle that you can follow, and you can start eating Chica Chocolate on either the full moon or new moon every month. The herbs in Chica Chocolate will help to regulate your cycle, though this may take longer than two periods with Chica Chocolate to notice.

How does Chica Chocolate work?

Chica Chocolate targets the source of your challenging periods by supporting the organs in your body, your liver and spleen, that are responsible for the balance and regulation of your hormones. Chica customers have reported improvements in mood swings, PMS, cramps, acne, and enjoy a more regular blood flow, all of which are markers of a healthier cycle.*

When will I notice a difference?

Many Chica Chocolate customers see a positive difference in their period by the first month! However, every body is different, and it may take you a few cycles to notice changes. 93% of existing Chica customers experienced a better period after their second month eating Chica. We recommend you enjoy Chica consistently for at least three cycles.

Chica Chill is intended to help you feel better immediately, however it is very common for it to take a longer period of time to notice a difference with Chica Chill. The herbs in Chica Chill are nourishing your Yin, which is the water in your radiator that keeps you from overheating. If your Yin has been run dry by a stressful life, it will take longer for you to build your Yin back up. You can help Chica Chill work faster by incorporating Yin nourishing practices in your daily life; such as spending time outside, meditating, drinking more water (and less coffee), and finding your favorite way to relax.

Allow your body time to change, and enjoy delicious chocolate in the meantime.

When do I eat Chica?

If you are enjoying Chica Chocolate or Chica Glow, we recommend opening your bag of twelve Chica truffles 7-10 days before you start your bleeding, and eating two truffles a day for six days in a row. Using a period app is very helpful for tracking your cycle (we love Clue) and you can set a reminder on your app to let you know when to eat your Chica every month.

If you are eating Chica Chill, we recommend eating 1-2 Chill truffles anytime you need a moment of Chill. This can be during a hot flash, after a stressful event, or at the end of the day to help you unwind and sleep better.

Is Dong Quai bad for endometriosis?

Dong Quai is one herb in the Chica formula that is known to increase blood circulation. This increase has been considered bad for endometriosis, due to fear that this will cause the endometrial tissue to further spread and become aggravated. However, Dong Quai actually introduces fresh blood to your uterine system, allowing your body to naturally cleanse by removing excess tissue growth, healing tissue damage, and limiting the formation of scar tissue. Encouraging this circulation is considered to be supportive for reducing pain and inflammation for those with endometriosis.*

We have many customers with endometriosis who report a positive experience with Chica Chocolate. However, always listen to your own body, and stop eating Chica Chocolate immediately if you do not like how your body feels.

If you have any hesitations around any of the herbs in Chica, we encourage you to check in with your consulting medical practitioner.

Can I eat Chica Chocolate if I don't have a period?

We see you, non-bleeders. We know Chica is delicious, and you can’t help yourself. 

What if I am not bleeding due to birth control?

The herbs in Chica will help to nourish and support your underlying menstrual cycle, even while you are using a hormonal birth control that stops your bleeding. Eating Chica while on birth control can help your body to adjust back to its natural cycle more easily if you ever decide to stop using your hormonal birth control. Chica will not impact the effectiveness of your birth control.

What if I am menopausal? 

Chica can be very supportive for your shifting system when you are peri-menopausal. If you are experiencing hot flashes or high irritability during peri-menopause, we recommend eating Chica Chill.

What if I am pregnant or nursing?

Chica Chocolate is not recommended for anyone currently pregnant due to the strong warming and blood invigorating herbs in our formula.

Chica Chill is not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing.

Please consult a licensed physician or practitioner if you are concerned about Chica’s effect on your health.  

Can men eat Chica?

Short answer: Yes!

Anyone can enjoy Chica Chill and enjoy the benefits of soothing irritability, forgetfulness, trouble sleeping, and other manifestations of stress.

The herbs in Chica Chocolate help release Liver Qi stagnation, which can help relieve frequent frustration and mood swings.* However, if you are enjoying Chica Chocolate for your period, we recommend keeping Chica to yourself so that you can enjoy all those period-loving herbs your body craves.

Is there marijuana in Chica?

Nope. Nada. Zilch.

*Please note that we are not licensed medicinal practitioners and cannot guarantee that you will see an improvement in your cycle. All material is for educational purpose only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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Poria

Fungus & Root

Scierotium Poriae Cocos / Fu Ling / 茯苓 Scierotium Pararadicis Poriae Cocos / Fu Shen / 茯神

Poria calms the heart and soothes nerves, helping with anxiety and insomnia. Additionally, Poria drains dampness, an excess of moisture that the body collects in the wrong places and makes us feel heavy and fatigued (hello moodiness).

Chinese Salvia

Root

Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae / Dan Shen / 丹參

Salvia root nourishes the blood and heart, and calms the spirit. Salvia works with Schisandra and Zizyphus in Chica Chill to help relieve insomnia.

Rehmannia

Root

Radix Rehmanniae Preparata / Sheng Di Huang / 熟地黄

Rehmannia root is your Yin nourisher, supporting calm and cold in your system. With its additional ability to help cool blood, increase fluids, and clear heart fire; Rehmannia is a star herb for soothing and preventing heat flashes.

Polygala / Thin-Leaf Milkwort

Root

Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae / Yuan Zhi / 元志

Polygala root nourishes the Heart, and helps soothe nerves and restlessness.

Schisandra / Chinese Magnolia

Berry

Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis / Wu Wei Zi / 五味子

Schisandra berry is famous for featuring all five flavors of Traditional Chinese Medicine: bitter, sweet, salty, sour, hot. This means that Schisandra is completely energetically balanced, promoting overall health and vitality. Schisandra helps relieve night sweats, insomnia, and hormonal imbalances. Schisandra is also rich in antioxidants that are thought to protect from free radicals and other toxins in the environment that may cause cellular damage. 

Platycodon / Balloon Flower

Root

Radix Platycodi / Jie Geng / 桔梗

Platycodon root is a neutral balancing herb, meaning it is not especially Yin or Yang. Platycodon is nourishing for the lungs, which in TCM, is the organ that supports Qi and fluid flow throughout the body.

Scrophularia / Figwort

Root

Radix Scrophulariae / Xuan Shen / 玄參

Scrophularia root nourishes Yin, drains fire, and cools the blood. Scrophularia is particularly soothing for irritability.

Ophiopogon / Dwarf Lilyturf

Tuber

Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici / Mai Men Dong / 麦门冬

Ophiopogon tuber works with Asparagus to nourish Yin and clear heat throughout the system. These plants also provide moisture and relieve restlessness.

Stemona

Root

Radix Stemonae / Bai Bu / 百部

Stemona root is a balancing herb in the Chica Chill formula. Stemona is nourishing for the lungs, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the organ that supports Qi and fluid flow throughout the body.

Licorice

Root

Radix Glycyrrhizae / Gan Cao / 甘草

Licorice acts as a unifier, balancing the formula and amplifying the properties of the other herbs.

Zizyphus / Sour Jujube

Seed

Semen Zizyphi Spinosae / Suan Zao Ren / 酸枣仁

Zizyphus seed nourishes the heart and calms the spirit. Zizyphus helps relieve insomnia, irritability, and anxiety.

Ginseng

Root

Radix Ginseng / Ren Shen / 人参

Ginseng root, one of the most famous herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is known for its ability to strengthen Qi and support life vitality. Ginseng nourishes the Heart and calms the spirit, helping reduce anxiety and insomnia.

Acorus / Grassleaf Sweetflag

Rhizome

Rhizoma Acori Tatarinowii / Shi Chang Pu / 石菖蒲

Acorus helps relieve internal heat and is a favorite herb for reducing frequent insomnia.

Eucommia / Chinese Rubber Tree

Bark

Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis / Du Zhong / 杜仲

Eucommia bark balances the Chica Chill formula by offering Yang properties. Eucommia is also nourishing for the heart, and has been featured in research in Western medicine for its ability to help lower blood pressure.

Angelica / Dong Quai

Root

Radix Angelicae Sinensis / Dong Quai / 当归

Angelica root is sometimes described as the “female ginseng,” due to its fame for supporting a healthy and regular menstrual cycle. Angelica root strengthens blood and energizes circulation. In Chica Chill, Angelica root balances the herbal formula with its Yang properties.

Biota / Arborvitae

Seed

Semen Platycladi / Bai Zi Ren / 柏子仁

Biota seed benefits memory and promotes restful sleep by nourishing the heart and calming the spirit.

Chinese Asparagus

Tuber

Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis / Tian Men Dong / 天门冬

Asparagus root works with Ophiopogon to nourish Yin and clear heat throughout the system. These plants also provide moisture and relieve restlessness.