TWENTY SORELY NEEDED HERBS FOR THE UPPER BODY**
OHCO-Flow moisturizes and lubricates the circulatory system at a deep level particularly above the waist.
OHCO-Flow is identical to OHCO-Motion with the addition of one ingredient that moves energy in the upper body and relieves tension above the waist. This is a better choice for stagnation in the neck & shoulders, jaw, fingers, and elbows.
Basic Way: Take two capsules three times a day.
Another Way: Throw out the notion that a printed set of directions will provide the exact answer. Consider size, constitution, timing, and other factors affecting each unique person. Frequent use (as often as every twenty minutes) may be required in certain circumstances. With more experience and some anticipation, you won't need to consume a large quantity of herbs. The suggested maximum amount per day is 24 capsules.
Continue with the Basic Way for a couple of days to ensure continued movement of stagnant energy.** This herbal formula will complement and be complemented by hands-on bodywork.
**The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Flow into Motion
You play hard, sometimes you hurt, and you definitely never want to admit it. There is a Chinese herbal formula that can put you right back on your board or on the trail. It is not a formula that will take the place of a trip to the emergency room but it will eliminate pain from bangs, bumps, and bruises.
Stiffness, soreness, and potential for injury are manifestations of stagnant energy. As a formula that nourishes the blood, OHCO-Flow supports the body's natural ability to heal itself and to work in a more efficient way. This blood is not the red stuff that circulates through your body. It is the substance that moves when your chi is flowing freely. Keeping movement smooth and unobstructed has helped many athletes with on-going or sudden onset of aches and pain.
For example, you work out three times a week. Today you are going to put a little more weight on the machine. Two caps of OHCO-Flow before your workout will keep those muscles above the waist from screaming in pain.
You know you're in good shape. You have several sports that you do regularly but dad wants to take you out on the golf course and you haven't swung a club since junior high. Two caps of OHCO-Flow before an activity that will exercise different muscle groups will keep you from being stiff in the upper body after the game.
Your best friend is moving again. It's another day of heavy lifting and on your day off, no less. Two OHCO-Flow caps will make it easier to still enjoy the evening without being sore.
This Chinese herbal formula is excellent at promoting the body's natural mobility. If you use OHCO-Flow before a strenuous activity when your energy is flowing freely, you will take much less of the herbs. It is much easier to keep the momentum moving in a positive direction. If you wait until stagnation has occurred, it will take more herbs to bring about a change. By nourishing the circulatory system on a functional level rather than simply masking pain symptoms, you can ease discomfort and restore locomotion in a different way than with analgesics.
Many people like to push themselves physically in a yang or hard style. This can be seen and understood in some very tangible ways. When people exercise and do rigorous sports, they hurt. When you suffer a traumatic injury, you get stiff. There is a way to maintain flexibility and movement in a yin style and that is by keeping the blood and chi moving. Relationship is an ever-present theme in Oriental medicine. Sometimes we just need to get out of the way (remove obstructions that may be mental, emotional, or physical) to allow movement.
For those instances where the stiffness and soreness continue, following the Basic Way will be successful. Once a disease process has time to build up in the body, taking OHCO-Flow over a period of time might be necessary to change momentum. For this reason, regular and consistent doses may be the choice. Experiment with the formula to discover the far-reaching benefits from using OHCO-Flow.
Below is a complete list of the twenty herbs that make up OHCO-Flow.
- Pueraria (root)
- Poria (fruiting body)
- White peony (root)
- Peach (seed)
- Cassia (bark)
- Tree peony (root, bark)
- Dong quai (root)
- Sichuan lovage (root)
- Rehmannia (root)
- Atractylodes (root)
- Tangerine (aged peel)
- Ginger (root)
- Chinese clematis (root)
- Notopterygium (root)
- Large leaf gentian (root)
- Siler (root)
- Stephania (root)
- Achyranthes (root)
- Fragrant angelica (root)
- Licorice (root)
There is a cornstarch excipient that is used to bind the formula together. It is a very, very small amount. The gelatin capsules are bovine from the hide of grass-fed cows raised in Brazil. The powder version of this formula is vegetarian.
The formulas are gluten free (NO wheat [including kamut and spelt], barley, rye, and triticale, as well as the use of gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent).
Licorice is used primarily as a servant ingredient in Cold Snap, Stomach Chi, and OHCO-Motion/OHCO-Flow. As described in Bensky and Gamble's Materia Medica, licorice "moderates and harmonizes the characteristics of other herbs: by virtue of its sweet, neutral and moderating characteristics. This herb moderates hot and cold herbs and makes violent herbs more gentle. Because it is said to enter all twelve Primary Channels, it can lead and conduct other herbs into the Channels."
The licorice root is long and cylindrical (one to two and one-half centimeters in diameter) and usually without branches. Its appearance is reddish or earth brown with pronounced wrinkles or furrows and transverse small pores on the surface. The pieces used in preparing the teas are transverse slices about two millimeters thick. The best quality roots are sweet and rich in starch. People find it a pleasing addition to the odor and taste of the powders. It is non toxic.
Beyond its role as a servant herb in Cold Snap, it is used for either Heat or Cold conditions in the Lungs and is effective for helping to control coughing and wheezing. It has a role in boosting righteous chi. In Stomach Chi, licorice will smooth digestive tract ulcers and aid in fighting food poisoning by fortifying the Stomach and Spleen channels. In OHCO-Motion/OHCO-Flow it acts to relieve pain and reduce contraction.
The ingredients of these formulas have been carefully combined into well-designed harmonious mixes. The herbs are thought of as a family of relationships which together bring about the desired results. Individual herbs are very rarely used on their own. Licorice in extremely high dosages for long periods of time may have a detrimental effect on various hormone secretions in women. This effect is virtually impossible in OHCO's products based on its small amount relative to the other herbs in the formulas and its inherent relationship with the rest of the herbal family. However, if one was to chew on a licorice root for weeks on end, negative effects could occur.
Dong quai (sometimes called Tang kuei or Chinese angelica sinensis) is one of the individual ingredients in both the Cold Snap and OHCO-Motion/OHCO-Flow formulas. It is an herb that has been severely misunderstood in this country.
Its reputation is for influencing hormonal shifts in women and is generally available on health food store shelves. Used by itself, dong quai is generally too harsh, especially for women of certain constitutions. For example, large doses of the individual herb during the first trimester of pregnancy can cause the loss of the fetus. For this reason and others, dong quai is very seldom given by itself. However, if mixed properly with other "sister" ingredients, it very effectively prevents the fetal loss and is often prescribed for women who habitually abort.
The effect of dong quai in Cold Snap is largely to help transform the tightening and contracting process of a cold into a "softer" reaction. It also works to counteract any negatives some of the herbs might have if they were used by themselves. For example, bupleurum, another ingredient in Cold Snap, can be drying as a single ingredient. It is balanced by several herbs, among them dong quai. In OHCO-Motion/OHCO-Flow, it supplements and harmonizes the Blood, nourishing it and moving it.
Dong quai is a non-toxic root. Its outer surface is middle brown with irregular wrinkles. The flesh is yellow or pale brown. The taste is somewhat acrid and its strong smell a sign of superior quality.
Dong quai is in Cold Snap and OHCO-Motion/OHCO-Flow in appropriate amounts. The outcome to the various systems is strengthening and harmonizing. This effect cannot be attributed to the individual parts but rather to the whole of the synthesis that makes a complete formula. It is balance that makes Cold Snap and OHCO-Motion/OHCO-Flow so extraordinary. The best way to judge them is to try them. Since dong quai does not act as a stimulant, the results are cumulative. You will be able to experience it as an ideal part of a combination of ingredients in balanced proportions for Westerners.