Nervous Fatigue Formula

Nervous Fatigue FormulaA Traditional Chinese formula for Feeling “Burned-Out” and Exhausted

Sometimes the stress of life just gets to be too much.  It wears us down and we feel “burned-out.”  This shows the subconscious association of fire with passion, excitement and motivation.  This same association exists in Chinese medicine.  When a person becomes deficient in fire energy, they become tired and nervous, feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and “broken hearted,” and lose sexual desire.

Nervous Fatigue Formula is a Chinese herbal formula that nourishes this deficient fire energy.  It is a tonic for the heart, nerves and glands, particularly the adrenal glands, which become exhausted under constant stress. A key indication that a person could benefit from is fatigue during the day coupled with disturbed and restless sleep patterns at night.  Disturbing dreams are often an early warning sign that we are approaching “burn-out.”  As the problem comes more severe we wake up frequently at night or suffer from night sweats.

This state of chronic stress may also involve sensations of pressure or pain on the left side of the chest, loss of sexual desire, nervous exhaustion, trembling, and burning sensations in the palms of the hands, the souls of the feet or over the heart area. The fire-weakened person has muddled thoughts, mental confusion, hypersensitive emotions and a loss of short term memory.  Frequently the person suffering from this burnout has dark circles under their eyes and a quivering tongue.

The traditional Chinese name for Nervous Fatigue Formula is Yang Xin, which means “nurture heart.”  In Chinese medicine, the heart is the home of the shen (or spirit). When we’re feeling “burned-out,” we’re low in spirit, drive and passion.  We suffer from muddled thinking and are forgetful and emotionally sensitive.  We can be easily moved to tears and feel vulnerable and broken hearted. 

Other indications for Nervous Fatigue formula include heart palpitations, sensations of pressure in chest and heart disease.  Night sweats or excessive perspiration, constipation, frequent urination, scanty menstruation and loss of interest in sex are other conditions that can accompany our loss of heart fire.

Nervous Fatigue Formula helps normalize nervous and glandular functions, relieving stress and promoting feelings of well-being. The formula enhances circulation, improves digestion, invigorates the body, relieves depression and promotes sleep. It also helps with “broken-heartedness,” anxiety and insomnia.


The ingredients responsible for these benefits are:

Schizandra Fruit (Schisandra chinensis) is the main herb of this combination. It helps the body function more efficiently by increasing blood circulation. It quickens the body’s response to stress and increases the contraction of cardiac muscles. It has been used to treat heart palpitation, nervous exhaustion, chronic diarrhea, insomnia and anxiety.  It is adaptagenic and has a balancing effect on the body.

Dong Quai or Dang Gui Root (Angelica sinensis) is an adaptogen and a mild sedative. It increases the production of digestive fluids and lowers cholesterol. It nourishes the blood and is an excellent source of iron, magnesium and niacin. It has been used to treat constipation, palpitations, indigestion, anemia and headaches.

Cistanche Stem (Cistanche salsa) and Biota Seed (Biota orientalis) are herbal laxatives. Biota Seed is also a sedative that has been used to treat heart palpitation, insomnia and debility.

Succinum Amber (Succinum resin) is an aromatic sedative and diuretic that increases blood circulation. It has been used to treat insomnia and heart problems.

Ophiopogon Root Tuber (Ophiopogon japonicus) helps regenerate pancreas cells. It is a nervine and an expectorant that has been used to treat insomnia, coronary disease and fear.
Lycium Fruit (Lycium chinense) lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and promotes the regeneration of liver cells. It has been used to treat atherosclerosis, backache, vertigo, poor eyesight and diabetes.

Hoelen Sclerotium (Poria cocos) is a sedative that decreases blood sugar. It has been used to treat insomnia and heart palpitations.

Cuscuta Seed (Cuscuta chinensis) increases the flow of urine, detoxifies the kidneys, lowers blood pressure, enhances heart action and regulates the liver.

Ginseng Root (Panax ginseng) improves mental capabilities and energy levels as it stimulates the function of the adrenals and pancreas. It is adaptogenic and cardiotonic. It has been used to treat forgetfulness, fatigue, cardiac arrhythmia, chronic diarrhea and insomnia.

Polygonatum Rhizome (Polygonatum sibericum) increases bile production and urine flow, lowers blood pressure and shrinks inflamed tissues. It has been used to treat urinary infections, dysuria (difficulty urinating), jaundice and inflamed skin.

Dioscorea Rhizome (Dioscorea batatas) speeds healing, has a nourishing effect on the lungs and increases the production of digestive fluids. It has been used to treat poor appetite, diarrhea, diabetes and inflamed skin.

Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus) increases the production of digestive fluids and boosts immunity. It also increases heart action and lowers blood pressure and blood sugar. It has been used to treat fatigue, debility, nephritis and night sweats.

Lotus Seed (Nelumbo nucifera) is a mucilaginous herb that absorbs digestive toxins. It has been used to treat chronic diarrhea, poor appetite, insomnia, inflammation and heart palpitations.

Polygala Root (Polygala tenuifolia) is an expectorant and a sedative that lowers blood pressure. It has been used to treat insomnia, heart palpitations and nervous tension.

Acorus Rhizome (Acorus gramineus) is a sedative that increases the production of digestive fluids and lowers blood pressure. It has been used to treat nervous tension, depression, epilepsy, poor appetite, gastritis and muscle spasms.

Jujuba Seed (Zizyphus spinosa) is a sedative that relieves pain, reduces fever and lowers blood pressure. It has been used to treat insomnia, heart palpitations and nervous tension.

Rehmannia Root Tuber (Rehmannia glutinosa) reduces inflammation (especially in the digestive system) and strengthens capillaries. It has been used to treat ulcers, constipation and anemia.

Suggested Use

For feelings of “burn-out,” nervous exhaustion, restless sleep and other related symptoms, take three capsules three times daily with meals. The formula is also available in a TCM concentrate. Take one capsule twice daily of the concentrated formula.

Selected References

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier.The Comprehensive Guide to Nature’s Sunshine Products by Tree of Light
Secrets of Chinese Herbs by Steven Horne and Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, Third Edition by D. Bensky and A. Gamble. An Illustrated Dictionary of Chinese Medicinal Herbs by W. Yeow and H. Keng.
Nutritional Herbology : A Reference Guide to Herbs by Mark Pedersen.

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