This blend is used to calm irritability and apprehension. It is ideal for the horse who is easily frustrated when asked to perform tasks, easily frightened, often shy, difficult to control due to excessive excitement and too preoccupied with the scary things in life to perform to their fullest potential.
There are no tranquilizers in the combination, but rather herbs that naturally calm to take the “unproductive edge off” without losing the horse’s natural athletic ability.
Behind the Formula
Constrained Liver Qi causes excessive irritability in the horse. The primary blend is used to spread the liver Qi and resolve constraint. The horse is by nature an athlete, or by Chinese philosophy, a liver animal, and as such is prone to liver disharmony.
Horses who are easily frightened by many things in their environment often have heart shen disturbances. Heart shen is considered to control the calmness or grounding of the mind. Herbs have been added to calm the heart shen and therefore decrease the fear of spooky things in the horses’ environment. In clinical practice, constrained Liver Qi and heart shen disturbances often occur together. Herbsmith Serenity addresses both issues.
Ziziphus Spinosa Seed (suan zao ren)
Actions: Calms the spirit, nourishes the blood, tonifies the spleen, augment the Qi , harmonizes and effects properties of other herbs.
Longan fruit (long yan rou)
Actions: Calms the spirit, nourishes the blood, tonifies and augments the heart and spleen.
Bupleurum (chai hu)
Actions: Frees constrained Qi of the Liver and promotes the free flow of Qi.
Scutellaria (huang qin)
Actions: Clears heat and drains fire and its resultant nervous irritability.
Codonopsis (dang shen)
Actions: Strenghtens spleen Qi and in combination with poria will produce a calming effect.
Cinnamon (gui zhi)
Actions: Promotes the flow of yang Qi and relieves the sensation of heaviness of the body.
Pinellia (ban xia)
Actions: Causes rebellious Qi to descend, dries dampness, and transforms phlegm.
Poria (fu ling)
Actions: Strenghtens the spleen Qi and in combination with codonopsis produces a calming effect, increases and promotes urination.
Rhubarb root and rhizome (da haung)
Actions: Drains heat, damp heat, and heat from the blood. In addition this herb invigorates the blood and dispels blood stasis.
Fossilized mammal bones (long gu)
Actions: Weigh down and calms the floating spirit. Calms the liver and anchors and preserves the floating yang.
Oyster shell (mu li)
Actions: Weighs down and calms the floating spirit
Dried Ginger Rhizome (qan jiang)
Actions: Warms the middle, protecting the spleen and stomach from the cool herbs in the blend. Harmonizes the effects of other herbs in the blend.
*Contains tree nuts and fish.
Directions for Use
(for 1000 lb. horse)Two tablespoons twice daily for the first 20 days. Then administer two tablespoons daily thereafter.
Not for use in pregnant animals. If animal’s condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. An examination from a veterinarian is recommended prior to using this product. Not for use within 48 hours of surgery/anesthesia.
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