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.

Bupleurum Root

The Motivator

Radix Bupleuri Chinensis / Chai Hu / 柴胡

Bupleurum root stimulates your liver and your blood flow, helping your body shed your uterine lining. This means your muscles won’t have to contract to help remove the old tissue, and since that contraction is what creates cramps, cramps may be reduced or eliminated. 

Honey Fried Licorice Root

Honey Fried Licorice Root

The Group Mom

Radix Glycyrrhizae / Zhi Gan Cao / 炙甘草

Honey Fried Licorice root assists the liver in regulating your hormones, and is already hailed as an herbal aide for menstruators with PCOS, as it can help bring high levels of testosterone into balance. As a bonus, Licorice acts as a unifier, balancing the formula and amplifying the properties of the other herbs.

fresh ginger

Fresh Ginger

The Hot One

Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens / Sheng Jiang / 生姜

Ginger unifies the herbs in the Chica formula. Valued for its warming and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger aids in digestion and circulation, and is often used for easing sharp cramps and nausea.

angelica root

Angelica Root

The Coach

Radix Angelicae Sinensis / Dong Quai / 当归

Angelica root is sometimes described as the “female ginseng” and is the powerhouse of the Chica formula. Angelica root strengthens blood and energizes circulation – essential for a regular and healthy cycle. 

poria fungus

Poria

The Fun Guy

Sclerotium Poriae Cocos / Fu Ling / 茯苓

Poria drains dampness, an excess of moisture that the body collects in the wrong places and makes us feel heavy and fatigued (hello moodiness and bloating). Poria in combination with Atractylodes supports a feeling of balanced mood and digestive rhythm. 

White Atractylodes

The Peacekeeper

Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae / Bai Zhu / 白术

White actractylodes take care of the spleen, an often undervalued organ that helps your body process emotional stress and stablilze mood.

white peony root

White Peony Root

The Supportive One

Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae / Bai Shao / 白芍

White peony root nourishes your liver, a primary organ responsible for balancing hormones, so that it can be functioning best for your menstrual cycle. White Peony root also boasts anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease painful cramps and tenderness.

Mint

The Chill One

Herba Menthae Haplocalycis / Bo He / 薄荷

Mint cools the liver and works to support the entire Chica formula. Stagnant qi (energy) generates excessive heat in your system, which contributes to symptoms like PMS and acne. Cooling down with mint means that you may experience less of these heat-intensive symptoms

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.

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.

Licorice

Root

Radix Glycyrrhizae / Gan Cao / 甘草

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

Polygala / Thin-Leaf Milkwort

Root

Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae / Yuan Zhi / 元志

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.