The Chinese pharmacopoeia lists over 6,000 different medicinal substances detailing their properties and the dysfunctions they effectively treat.
There are approximately 600 different Chinese medicinal herbs commonly used in practice today.
A unique characteristic of Chinese herbal medicine is the degree to which the remedy is created. We blend herbals into carefully crafted formulations, these may contain anywhere from three to thirty medicinals with varying amounts, which work to both enhance and carefully balance the actions of each ingredient in the formula.
Chinese herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture for added therapeutic effect. While many cultures have herbal medicine traditions, the sophistication of East Asian herbal medicine is unsurpassed. Chinese herbal medicine has a long history steeped in tradition and the resulting system is now used to treat everything from the common cold to symptoms associated with cancer.
Chinese botanical therapy is the delicate blending of medicinal botanicals which is rooted in a long standing holistic tradition of medicine dating back thousands of years. The same emphasis and care given to acupuncture point combination applies to the careful blending and prescribing of botanical remedies. Unlike allopathic medicine, traditional Chinese herbal medicine does not separate a disease from a person, focusing only on a particular pathology rather than health, the goal is to comfortably balance and restore the natural flow of the systems of the body.
Together we can tailor a course of treatment
to meet your unique health needs.
There are thousands of herbs in the Chinese materia medica, of which about 600 are commonly used today. Chinese herbs are extremely effective and normally have only mild to zero side effects. Botanical medicine is potent medicine and we use some of the highest quality herbs in the world It is very important to tell us about all the medications and supplements you are currently taking so we can avoid any unwanted interactions.
We create and blend these formulations to appropriately fit each individual.
At Firefly we offer our botanical medicinal's in various applications for your comfort and ease. Encapsulated remedies, medicinal elixirs and teas, herbal patches, topical liniments and now transdermal foot soak therapy.
All of our herbal medicines come from our partner's who follow only the highest manufacturing processes and standards in the world, providing thorough testing, research and sustainable practices.
As with any herbal remedy it is important to keep to a consistent schedule and treatment plan.
Generally, one treatment won’t fix the problem, the more chronic and severe the issue the more important the series
of treatments and consistency of the routine.
Featured below are just a few of our botanical medicinal remedies we offer here at Firefly.
Our Firefly Wellness team is here to recommend and guide you through your wellness journey.
Typically, regular foot baths in conjunction with a routine including supplementary herbals, acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and exercise work best.
When cortisol rises to unhealthy levels, the good brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin go down. This makes a person moody, anxious, depressed, and sleepless. Cortisol can also contribute to body fat retention and fatigue.
Many research studies have correlated the Chinese medical diagnosis pattern of liver Qi stagnation with excess cortisol.
Additionally, many of these studies have shown the botanical blends in our Serenity Tea aids in
lowering high cortisol to healthy levels.
The following are some of the biomedical influences our Serenity Tea has on the body as it encourages a healthy balance of body systems for improved and sustained health and wellness.
All of the herbs in our Serenity Tea, Microgard, Botanical Foot Soaks and Evil Bone Water are sourced directly from small sustainable farms in growing regions of Tibet and China. We are proud and excited to be part of a new and growing movement, benefiting small farmers and their community, to bring the best high quality herbs directly to our Acupuncture clinic - and to you!
A lot of products calm anxiety now, but don't get to the root.
Serenity Tea gets to the heart of Anxiety.
What is Chinese Botanical Medicine?
These balanced formulations create a synergistic effect that reflects the holistic nature of the pattern diagnosis. Each formula is monitored and are modified by our practitioner to suit the subtle nuances of the condition and constitution of the patient, making each formulation and treatment plan highly individualized and effective.
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Medicinal Botanical Foot Soaks
For thousands of years people in Asia have relied on medicinal botanical foot soaks to support and enhance their physical and emotional well being. We have partnered with experts in our field to bring the most potent and effective botanical medicinals available. These sachets contain a carefully formulated blend of rare, wild-crafted Chinese and Tibetan botanicals of the highest quality and purity, once only reserved for government officials and royalty until now.
When prepared as a foot soak this powerful medicinal infusion works synergistically to encourage proper balance of the body's regulatory systems and improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation and eliminate pain.
The herbals in our foot soak formulations work together to act directly on the blood vessels of the feet but circulate to benefit the entire body: promoting circulation of blood and fluids within the vessels, dredging the body's intracellular waste and debris to encourage the clearing of congestion and expelling toxins, removing stasis and restoring the natural healthy flow of within the body. Because of these actions the botanical blend aids in improving immune system function, enhancing metabolism, and improving endocrine function.
Discover the rich history, extensive research and pharmacology behind our botanical formulations and how we seamlessly integrate modern biomedical approaches with the long standing methods of traditional Chinese medicine.
Medicinal botanical foot soaks encourage homeostasis and proper balance within the body's systems and microbiome, they are useful for a diverse group of issues.
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Benefits can include:
improvement in sleep and restlessness, reduction of various body aches and pains including fibromyalgia, Lyme, arthritis pain, plantar fasciitis and poor circulation to headaches. They enhance circulation and relieve neuralgias and neuropathies, fatigue, improve mood and emotional balance including stress, depression and anxiety, plus ease and calm digestive discomfort, support women's health issues and fertility support and many other inflammatory conditions.
Medicinal Botanical Infusions
Our Serenity medicinal tea is a proprietary blend of herbs based on traditional herbal wisdom that has been used for over 900 years, a classical formulation called Xiao Yan San or free and easy wanderer. This formula has been used to help relieve stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Modern research is now supporting what traditional doctors have known for hundreds of years. Research has shown that this powerful herbal combination helps your mood by relieving the source of stress.
Serenity medicinal tea regulates the stress chemical cortisol in the body. It does this by helping the liver to breakdown excessive levels cortisol from the nervous system. A little stress is a good thing, but too much causes problems like anxiety, depression,
Do you have days where stress from work piles up and it starts to turn into anxiety and depression?
That stress makes it hard to sleep, connect with loved ones and really feel truly yourself. It’s time to return to your authentic relaxed self.
That’s where Serenity Tea can help. It's designed specifically to help you return to feeling like you again.
Drink a cup, feel good. Drink the tea over a week or months and most people start to have more energy and regulated sleep.
When you sleep well, you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of life.
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Increase in melatonin: Melatonin is a pineal hormone that plays a central part in regulating bodily rhythms. The melatonin signal forms part of the system that regulates the sleep–wake cycle which is considered to be related to jet lag.
Serenity Tea can bring the serum melatonin level back to normal.
Regulating effects on nitric oxide (NO)/cGMP pathway: NO/cGMP pathway plays a critical role in corticostriatal long-term depression. Paeoniflorin (an active ingredient) can inhibit NO/cGMP pathway to reduce depressive-like behavior.
Effects on dopamine: Dopamine is a catecholamine neurotransmitter with roles in pain perception and natural analgesia. There is also strong evidence for a role of dopamine in restless leg syndrome, which is a condition found frequently in patients with fibromyalgia. Firefly's Serenity Tea can significantly increase the dopamine (DA) level and decrease the DOPAC level, with a marked elevation of A/DOPAC ratio in the striatuin.
Balancing effects on cortisol: Changed patterns of serum cortisol levels have been observed in connection with abnormal ACTH levels, clinical depression, psychological stress, and physiological stressors. Serenity Tea can reduce serum cortisol. The mechanism is that our tea regulates cortisol released via hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA or HTPA axis).
Positive effects on Noradrenaline (NA):Most people with fibromyalgia have low NA levels. Serenity Tea can significantly elevate the level of NA and decrease the level of 3, 4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) in rat hypothalamus.ext.
Cortisol is the stress chemical
Good Life Botanicals all natural Relief Oil is chocked full of naturally-occurring blood-moving essential oils and 100% organic Hemp extract with potent pain reducing properties.
Good Life Botanicals natural, organic skin-care and body products are created by combining the best of Eastern and Western herbal traditions.
Organic, wild-crafted when possible, vegan, gluten-free and animal-free products. Handmade with care in Colorado, USA.
Good Life Botanicals specializes in using organic, wild-crafted herbs to create natural skin care, health and pain remedies.
Melt pain away reduce inflammation and promote healing with Good Life Botanicals MG Butter, Hemp Extract Relief Oils and Salves.
Listen to the Podcasts and watch the video provided by our partner's Botanical Biohacking to learn more about the pharmaceutical quality and safety of our medicinal foot soaks and how these amazing herbal therapies can help you.
All of our partner's Colorado hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in the agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phytochemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavonoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in the hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.
Bluebird provides cannabis oil drops of extracted industrial hemp that is abundant in naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, omega fatty acids, trace minerals and other beneficial components, emulsified in organic hemp seed oil.
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Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most important healing substances in the hemp plant with a strong anti-inflammatory effect without a psychotropic (narcotic) effect. CBD hemp oil provides relief and support for many ailments.
Microgard can help resolve a myriad of acute digestive issues. Whether your stomach is upset after eating questionable or disagreeable food, nauseated by motion sickness, or suffering from a hangover after over indulging. Choosing Microgard can help resolve stomach pain, gastritis, acid regurgitation, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, loose stools and many other common sudden and long standing digestive disorders, including symptoms of IBS.
Microgard provides relief by reducing inflammation and repairing damage to the GI tract.
Microgard works to encourage and ease digestive function and flow, increase bile flow, supports gallbladder function, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, increases the absorption of cholesterol, stimulates the production of digestive enzymes to help the break down of proteins, fats and sugars, lowers blood pressure, inhibits vomiting and protects gastric mucosa to aid in
establishing a balancing gut microbiome.
Often our foods are bred to be ultra sweet and, the western diet in general, is heavily laden with sugar. Unless you live in a city and are taking 15k step a day the automobile culture, GMOs, preservatives and sedentary living mean that food stagnation and indigestion causing long standing inflammation are a way of life.
Microgard is ideal for excess and is thoughtfully designed to provide support for the Standard American Diet (SAD). Reliving pain and discomfort while supporting the digestive system as a whole, working to heal and
balance the flora and mucosa of the gut as a high potency digestive aid.
We use whole plant and full spectrum oils. This important factor must be considered when choosing a hemp oil. The hemp extracts made available from our featured partners incorporate high potency varied phyto-cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.
Zheng Gu Shui: Evil Bone Water
While Evil Bone Water might sound a little outlandish our partner's at Saint Acupuncture & Apothecary have formulated an amazing topical analgesic botanical tincture of the highest quality to banish the "Evil" Bone, Muscle and Joint aches and pains keeping you from moving throughout your day pain-free. Based on a traditional herbal blend this remedy packs a powerful punch to aid in relieving, reducing and preventing a variety of body discomforts and pain such as: neck, back and leg aches and soreness, strains and sprains, plus it quickly clears bruising and swelling and
even relieves discomfort from bug bites.
Evil Bone Water is a liniment that has long been popular with athletes, sports enthusiasts, and martial artists. It quickly relieves body pains, promotes and speeds up healing from injuries. From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Zheng Gu Shui promotes blood circulation to disperse blood stasis, soothes the channels and invigorates the collaterals to relax tendons and muscles, and reduces swelling and pain.
This tincture delivers herbs quickly into tissues and joints to decrease pain and inflammation rapidly, acts as a topical anesthetic, hastens wound healing, and even takes away the symptoms of a wasp sting within a minute.
Evil Bone Water aids in clearing a hematoma within minutes, and prevents bruising or make any bruise disappear within days.
Zheng Gu Shui may be applied before exercise as well to relax tendons and muscles and increase energy or you may even mix some Zheng Gu Shui with water in a bath tab and take bath to enjoy relaxation of a tired body.