Herbsmith Serenity is used to calm irritability and apprehension. It is ideal for the horse who is easily frustrated when asked to perform tasks, easily frightened and 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 naturally athletic ability.
According to Chinese Theory, constrained liver Qi causes excessive irritability in the horse. The primary formula 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. This formula addresses both issues.
Suggested Use (for 1000 lb. horse):2 Tablespoons of powder 2 times per day for 20 days. Then 2 Tablespoons of powder 1-2 times a day for approximately 6 months. Increase to 2 Tablespoons 2 times per day during stressful periods.
Precautions:Can be used long-term, but may not need to be as the disharmonies resolve.
Ingredients:Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae – da zao – JujubeActions: Calms the spirit, nourishes the blood, tonifies the spleen, augment the qi , modifies and harmonizes harsh properties of other herbs.
Arillus Euphoriae Longanae - long yan rou – Longan fruitActions: Calms the spirit, nourishes the blood, tonifies and augments the heart and spleen.
Radix Bupleuri – chai hu – BupleurumActions: Frees constrained Qi of the Liver and promotes the free flow of Qi.
Radix Scutellariae - huang qin – ScutellariaActions: Clears heat and drains fire and its resultant nervous irritability.
Codonopsis – dang shen – CodonopsisActions: Strenghtens spleen Qi and in combination with Poria will produce a calming effect.
Ramulus Cinnamonmi Cassiae - gui zhi – CinnamonActions: Promotes the flow of yang Qi and relieves the sensation of heaviness of the body.
Rhizoma Pinelliae Ternatae - ban xia - PinelliaActions: Causes rebellious Qi to descend, dries dampness, and transforms phlegm.
Sclerotium Poria Cocos - fu ling – PoriaActions: Strenghtens the spleen Qi and in combination with Codonopsis produces a calming effect, increases and promotes urination.
Radix et Rhizoma Rhei - da haung – Rhubarb root and rhizomeActions: Drains heat, damp heat, and heat from the blood. In addition this herb invigorates the blood and dispels blood stasis.
Os Draconis - long gu – Fossilized mammal bonesActions: Weigh down and calms the floating spirit. Calms the liver and anchors and preserves the floating yang.
Concha Ostreae - mu li – Oyster shellActions: Weighs down and calms the floating spirit
Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis - qan jiang – Dried Ginger RhizomeActions: Warms the middle, protecting the spleen and stomach from the cool herbs in the formula. Harmonizes the effect of other herbs in the formula.