Tibetan medicine has long recognized that stress and anxiety stem from a variety of factors, both inside and outside the body.
Agar 35 is the most common and widely endorsed traditional Tibetan compound for all types of anxiety and stress. These include insomnia, night waking, overactive mental states, uneasiness, nervousness, jittery nerves, mental upset, lower back pain, and feeling tense.
Agar-35 is a very commonly prescribed Tibetan ready-made medicine which includes a number of ingredients or close relatives of ingredients which are common to Chinese medicine as well. Agar-35 is used to treat what Tibetan medicine refers to a lung disease complicated by heat and blood (stasis). The Tibetan medical concept of lung corresponds closely to the Chinese medical concept of qi.
This formula is called Agar-35 because its main ingredient is Agaru (Sanskrit), A-gar (Tibetan), or Chen Xiang (Lignum Aquilariae) and it contains 35 ingredients altogether. This is a common naming convention for formulas in Tibetan medicine. Because Tibetans lived very spread out in a vast and sparsely populated territory, Tibetan medicine makes heavy use of ready-made pills. This is because Tibetans may only see their doctor once or twice a year. Therefore, Tibetan formulas tend to contain relatively low doses of each ingredient but many ingredients. By administering small doses of many different medicinals which all accomplish a similar group of functions, A) there is less likelihood for side effects from any one ingredient, and B) should the patient’s symptoms change over time, one or more ingredients should cover any new symptoms. Further, because of the low doses involved, Tibetan doctors can use some very powerful but otherwise toxic ingredients, such as Ma Qian Zi (Semen Strychnotis). Therefore, such a large formula achieves very comprehensive, rounded effects. In fact, this formula not only treats the liver, spleen, stomach, and heart, but also takes into account secondary relationships between these four main organs and the lungs, large intestine, and kidneys. For instance, the lungs and liver together control the movement of the qi throughout the body, the lungs providing the motivating power and the liver allowing the qi to flow. Similarly, the liver can only do its function of governing coursing and discharge if it is warmed and steamed by kidney yang/life-gate fire. So all in all, this is a very complex and subtle formula when looked at from a Chinese medical point of view which goes beyond standard Chinese formulas for a heart-gallbladder qi timidity pattern, such as Shi Yi Wei Wen Dan Tang (11 Flavors Warm the Gallbladder Decoction).
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