Ba Ji Tian (Radix Morindae Officinalis)
Dang Gui (Radicis Angelicae Sinensis)
Du Zhong (Cortex Eucommiae)
Fu Zi (Radix Aconiti Lateralis
Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii)
Jiu Cai Zi (Semen Allii Tuberosi)
Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi)
Shan Yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae)
Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni)
She Chuang Zi (Fructus Cnidii)
Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Preparata)
Suo Yang (Herba Cynomorii)
Tu Si Zi (Semen Cuscutae)
Yin Yang Huo (Herba Epimedii)
Alive is an excellent formula to tonify Kidney yang
and Kidney jing (essence). Clinically, deficiencies of
Kidney yang and Kidney jing (essence) are characterized by
impotence, premature ejaculation, low sperm count, low libido, and general sexual disorders. In western
terminology, these herbs increase the production of sex hormones; and in TCM
terminology, these herbs tonify Kidney yang and Kidney jing (essence). This formula works to enhance libido in women as it
boosts the testosterone levels and Kidney yang.
The direct translation of the chief herb Yin Yang Huo (Herba Epimedii) is “horny goat herb.” It was originally discovered by a
farmer who noticed the increase in proliferation in one of his herds of goats
that were grazing on this herb. Yin
Yang Huo (Herba
Epimedii) increases sexual activity, increases sperm production,
stimulates the sensory nerves and therefore increases sexual desire. Weakness
of Kidney yang and depletion of Kidney jing (essence) contribute to symptoms of
impotence, decreased libido, spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation and other
sexual dysfunctions. The treatment protocol is to increase the Kidney yang and
tonify the Kidney jing (essence). Fu Zi (Radix Aconiti Lateralis Praeparata), Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi), Jiu
Cai Zi (Semen
Allii Tuberosi), Du
Eucommiae), Tu Si
Cuscutae), Ba Ji
Morindae Officinalis), Suo
Cynomorii), and She
Chuang Zi (Fructus
Cnidii) warm and tonify the Kidney yang. Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni), Shu
Di Huang (Radix
Rehmanniae Preparata), Gou
Qi Zi (Fructus
Lycii), Shan Yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) and Dang Gui (Radicis Angelicae Sinensis) tonify the Kidney jing (essence) and blood. Dang Gui (Radicis Angelicae Sinensis) also moves blood and directs the effect to the lower abdomen. Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng) is used to
replenish the vital energy and prolong stamina.
- Eliminate alcohol from the diet as it decreases the
body’s ability to produce testosterone.
- Intake of vitamin E should be increased. Foods high in vitamin
E include wheat germ oil, almonds, sunflower seed or oil, peanuts, soybeans,
whole wheat products and asparagus. Kiwi and fresh oyster can also be taken
together as an aphrodisiac.
- Shellfish, oyster, shrimps, cashews, beef and mushrooms
are all foods that either contain high protein or zinc that may increase
libido. However, these foods often are high in cholesterol and should not be
over-consumed or otherwise will cause blockage and achieve the opposite effect.
- Impotence is sometimes caused by circulatory problems.
In such cases, increase the consumption of foods rich in niacin (eggs, peanut
butter, avocado, and fish) and vitamin E (raw wheat germ and vegetable oil).
- Zinc is also beneficial in preventing impotence and
reduced sperm count. Zinc is found in such foods as pumpkin seeds, sunflower
seeds, oysters, soy, and eggs. Avoid eating foods that deplete the body of
zinc, such as alcohol and coffee.
The Tao of Nutrition by Ni
§ Recommendations: scallions, scallion seeds, lamb, sea
cucumber, shrimps, rooster, bitter melon seeds, ginseng, black beans, kidney
beans, yams, and lycium fruit. Maintaining a calm composure.
§ Avoid obscene visual stimulation, dairy products,
sweets, masturbation, overwork, and too much sex.
- For more information, please refer to The Tao of
Nutrition by Dr. Maoshing Ni and Cathy McNease.
- Avoid cigarette smoking or exposure to second-hand
- Vigorous exercise, hot tubs, saunas and tight underwear
lead to increased temperature in the testicles and reduced sperm count.
- Refrain from sexual activity when exhausted or under
stress. Do not overindulge in sexual activity when any weakness in function or
performance is present.
- Exercises for men with impotence and premature
- Tip-toe and clench
one’s teeth while urinating. This simple posture will tighten and
strengthen the muscles surrounding the groin to help condition the Kidney
qi. This is also a good exercise to help with terminal dripping in elderly
patients. Women can practice this exercise by squatting and tip-toeing
over the toilet while urinating. This exercise for women will strengthen
and tighten the muscles and ligaments surrounding the reproductive organs
to help treat prolapse of the bladder and uterus or frequent urinary urges
due to Kidney yang deficiency. It also tightens the muscles surrounding
the vagina and can be recommended to the partners of those taking Alive or those who have low libido to enhance pleasure. Results can be expected
in a few months if practiced daily and consistently.
- Exercises for women with low libido:
§ Walking on
the balls of the feet with the navel pulled towards the spine and the heels off
the ground, taking care to breathe deeply. Engaging in the Kegel exercise (attempting
to use vaginal muscles to stop and start the flow of urine rapidly and
frequently at each time of urinating) while also clenching the teeth and
breathing through the nose. Exercises such as the following may be helpful if
- There are five conditions when sexual activity should
be avoided: when one is hungry, full, drunk, emotionally unstable (angry, sad,
fearful, hateful or worrying) or recovery from a chronic illness.
- Alive is an excellent male and female
tonic to increase sexual prowess and strengthen sexual energy. It is important
to keep in mind that Alive nourishes the body from within to
change the underlying constitution of the person. It does not provide an
immediate boost of sexual power.
- The practitioner
may be able to find in chiropractic or medical supply catalogs a small piece of
furniture that fits around the toilet to provide a safe, stable platform to
support the feet several inches off the floor, promoting a more natural
'squatting' posture for the individual seated on the toilet. This may assist in
promoting complete evacuation of the bladder and bowels, enhancing the effort
to strengthen normal function and organ position.
who wear a pacemaker, or individuals who take anti-arrhythmic drugs or cardiac
glycosides such as Lanoxin (Digoxin), should not take this formula. Fu Zi (Radix Aconiti Lateralis Praeparata) may
interact with these drugs by affecting the rhythm and potentiating the
contractile strength of the heart.
who are on anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapies, such as Coumadin
(Warfarin), should use this
formula with caution, as there may be a slightly higher risk of bleeding and
- Alive should be used with caution in patients with pre-existing
hypertension, since many herbs in this formula are warm or hot in nature and
may raise the blood pressure.
formula is contraindicated in individuals with exterior or excess conditions,
such as infections or inflammations.
this formula is warm to hot in property, prolonged use may be associated with
reactions such as thirst, dry mouth, warm sensations, constipation, flushed
face, and nosebleeds. To avoid these reactions, decrease the dosage or
temporarily discontinue the formula.
Yang tonics have been used for thousands of years in traditional
Chinese medicine to treat male sexual disorders. Alive is
formulated with yang-restoring Chinese herbs that are directly linked to the
increased secretion of endogenous hormones, such as corticosterone, cortisol and testosterone. 1,2
Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi), Suo Yang (Herba Cynomorii), Yin Yang Huo (Herba Epimedii) and Fu Zi (Radix Aconiti Lateralis Praeparata) have been studied extensively and have demonstrated effects to enhance the
production of corticosterone and testosterone. Yin Yang Huo (Herba Epimedii) significantly increased the level of corticosterone;
and Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi) and Yin Yang Huo (Herba Epimedii) significantly increased the level of testosterone. The findings in this study were
verified by another study in which Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi), Yin
Yang Huo (Herba
Epimedii) and Fu Zi (Radix Aconiti Lateralis
Praeparata) restored yang deficiency by increasing cortisol secretion.
Yin Yang Huo (Herba Epimedii) has been
studied extensively for its influence on the secretion of endogenous hormones.
It has demonstrated effects to increase the levels of corticosterone, cortisol,
and testosterone. 1,2 In addition, it has androgen-like effects as it
stimulates sexual activity, increases sperm production, and heightens sexual
desire. 3 In addition, other herbs such as Ba Ji Tian (Radix Morindae Officinalis), Du Zhong (Cortex Eucommiae), Tu Si Zi (Semen Cuscutae) and Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii) have
similar functions and are commonly used in treatment of male sexual disorders.
Clinical applications of Alive include, but not are limited
to, impotence, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, and male infertility.
PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS &
CHINESE MEDICINE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
striking difference between western and traditional Chinese medicine is that
western medicine focuses and excels in crisis management, while traditional
Chinese medicine emphasizes and shines in holistic and preventative treatments.
Therefore, in emergencies, such as gun shot wounds or surgery, western medicine
is generally the treatment of choice. However, for treatment of chronic
idiopathic illness of unknown origins, where all lab tests are normal and a
clear diagnosis cannot be made, traditional Chinese medicine is distinctly superior.
Western Medical Approach: Sexual disorders such as erectile
disorder, is treated with drugs such as Viagra (Sildenafil) and Cialis (Tadalafil). These drugs generally have a
quick onset of effect, and they work primarily by increasing blood flow to the
penis. However, these drugs may cause side effects such as headache, upset
stomach, diarrhea, dizziness or lightheadedness, flushing, nasal congestion,
blindness, breast enlargement, rash, painful erection, prolonged erection,
fainting, chest pain, and itching or burning during urination. Furthermore,
these drugs are only effective for men, and not for women.
Chinese Medicine Approach: One
main function of Kidney yang is regulation of sexual and reproductive
functions. Alive is a Kidney yang tonic formula that
emphasizes more to maintain sexual functions and treat sexual disorders, such
as decreased libido in men and women, impotence, premature ejaculation, and
spermatorrhea. Though this formula is very effective, it does not have an
instantaneous effect, but rather requires continuous use of two to three months
for maximum effect.
Summation: Both drugs and herbs are effective for
treating sexual disorders. Drugs have quick onset of action, but they only have
one specific indication, are effective only for men, and have numerous
significant side effects. Herbs have a gradual onset of action, but may be used
in both men and women to treat a wide variety of sexual disorders. Furthermore,
herbs are safe and natural, and have few or no side effects. Finally, it is
important to remember that neither drugs nor herbs prevent pregnancy nor do
they protect either partner from sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.
A 65-year-old male presented with generalized male sexual dysfunction,
possibly due to old age and/or use of high blood pressure medications. The
diagnosis was Kidney yang and qi deficiencies. The patient was instructed to
take Alive with good results noted within one week.
M.D., Ph.D., NY, New York
T.S. is female who presented with pain (especially of the joints of the
limbs), coldness of the fingers and difficulty falling asleep. Objective
findings revealed that her fingers were icy and cyanotic. Her leg muscles
appeared to be abnormally tight. Her blood pressure was 110/80 mmHg and her
heart rate was 78 beats per minute. She also received monthly rheumatoid
arthritis shots. Western diagnosis for this patient was fibromyalgia. The TCM
diagnosis was yang deficiency. Alive was prescribed and the
patient reported she felt the formula worked well in improving her condition
and relieving the pain.
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