I’ve finished all six bottles of Eu Yan Sang’s Gold Label Bak Foong Pills last week. So yesterday, I switched to using this bottle of Wuji Baifeng Wan (烏雞白鳳丸). It’s just another name for Bak Foong, by the way, which literally means “white phoenix”.
I touched upon it briefly on a post from two years ago, so my 6-week journey with Eu Yan Sang was part of my larger intent to reconnect with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and discover how incorporating them into my life again can be healing for me.
On the post, I’ve enlisted three of the many herbal formulas that my mother has long prescribed me to take, one of which is the Wuji Baifeng Wan. Over the years, I’ve been on an on-again, off-again relationship with each of these three, and now I just want to take things slowly at a time.
Herbal remedies and why there’s very little evidence of their efficacy
I felt it missing to leave off without learning more about the remaining ingredients on the Gold Label Bak Foong Pill. Not that I’m memorizing everything listed on the Li Shi Zhen’s Materia Medica or anything (and Jay Chou has a namesake song for it ;)), but I’m just interested in the confident claims of the Bak Foong formula’s efficacy in healing major governing systems of the human body – the nervous and the endocrine systems – also known as my double-edged swords whenever my perfectionistic tendencies kick in.
What I’ve found is that Chinese herbs weren’t made to be consumed separately. Organic as they are, Eastern pharmacologists prescribe concoctions of them to tend the particular ailment of the patient, instead of giving isolated drugs that has gained enough proven and anecdotal evidence on their effects to treat the ailment.
This might explain why there is very little clinical evidence in the healing effects of one particular herb or another – because most research began with a theory in mind and then followed by an isolated component of the subject to see if the theory applies. Whether it does or doesn’t in the end, researchers still needs years of trial-and-errors to see whether the conclusion of this study applies to a different set of variables in another study, not to forget the different methodology and procedures that have to factor in.
In a nutshell: TCM is difficult to identify and discriminate from their prescribed formulas, so consuming each herb in isolation will not give you the same effect as if you consume the whole concoction together.
As advanced Western medicine keeps conducting lab experiments to further their understanding on medicinal properties of a single vitamin or a trace mineral, the Eastern counterpart has only kept on applying time-tested practices, perhaps starting them from an even earlier age than the previous generations did. Up to this day, they continued to address a wide array of maladies using organic treatments to best solve the ever-growing problems in medicinal science.
The 7 herbs I’ve previously covered are:
- Angelica root
- Eucommia bark
- St. John’s wort
But now I’ve compiled my notes on all 19 ingredients of Eu Yan Sang’s Gold Label Bak Foong Pill into a complete slideshow below. Have a look:
“It’s hard to be women – we have more clinical problems as we age,” sighed my mother once while she was packing for her annual appointment with her gynecologist in Singapore. “So it’s wise for you to start taking care of yourself now.”
Ever since puberty, I’ve never felt the cramps girls usually feel when they’re having their periods, but there’s a bigger price to pay for that convenience: Huge PMS. I believe I go 10 times more anxious than my usual temperament. Discomfort and pain occur psychologically rather than on my physiology.
On the other hand, I also believe that 6 weeks wasn’t enough to judge whether the white phoenix is really effective on regulating these roller-coaster moods, and by that, I mean reclaiming regular periods once again.
In the meantime, I’m making an effort to remain consistent with the same formula by Tong Jum Chew, which was further infused with black-bone chicken and other additional herbal ingredients that claim to boost women’s health. It’ll be a while till I can get my hands on the bottles by Eu Yan Sang again, which my mom usually gets in Singapore.
What about you? Do you consider incorporating TCM into your life?
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