Release Constraint™ Formulae

release_constraint“Constraint” refers to stagnation, physical and emotional. Therefore this formula eliminates Qi stagnation.


Xiang Fu Rhizoma Cyperi
He Huan Pi Cortex Albiziae
Chuan Xiong Rhizoma Ligustici wallichii
Cang Zhu Rhizoma Atractylodis lanceae
Shen Qu Massa Medicata Fermentata
Zhi Zi (Shan) Fructus Gardeniae
Shi Chang Pu Rhizoma Acori tatarinowii
Yuan Zhi Radix Polygalae
Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae

*Product contains gluten and wheat. Shen Qu (Fermented flour)

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Stagnation of Liver-Qi.


Regulate Qi, eliminate stagnation, pacify the Liver.

Tongue: Slightly red sides (Liver area).
Pulse: Wiry and full on both sides.

Classical Antecedent

Yue Ju Wan

Differences from Classical Antecedent

Slight modification to address the six stagnations with the emphasis on stagnation of Qi from emotional strain

Acupuncture Points

LIV-3 Taichong, T.B.-6 Zhigou, P-6 Neiguan, SP-6 Sanyinjiao, Du-24 Shenting, Ren-15 Jiuwei, G.B.-13 Benshen, G.B.-18 Chengling, with reducing or even method.

Release Constraint™ is a variation of the classical prescription Yue Ju Wan (Ligusticum Gardenia Pill) formulated by Zhu Dan Xi (1281-1358). The formula Yue Ju Wan contained five herbs to address six stagnations (because Cang Zhu addresses both Dampness and Phlegm).

Although the formula is for the six stagnations, the emphasis is on stagnation of Qi from emotional strain.

Release Constraint™ is extremely effective in addressing stagnation of Liver-Qi. It differs from the more famous Xiao Yao San (Free and Easy Wanderer Pill) – available in a modified form as Freeing the Moon® in the Women’s Treasure® range – in so far as it is suitable for cases when the stagnation of Liver-Qi predominates and the condition is primarily full.

Instead, Xiao Yao San (Freeing the Moon®) is for deficiency of Liver-Blood and Spleen-Qi and with stagnation of Liver-Qi. The pulse and tongue are good discriminating factors between these two formulae: if the pulse is wiry and the tongue is red (or partially red on the sides), Release Constraint™ is indicated; if the pulse is choppy or fine overall and wiry in parts, and the tongue is pale on the sides, Xiao Yao San (Freeing the Moon®) is indicated.

  • He Huan Pi was added to soothe the Liver and calm the Mind and the Ethereal Soul
  • Shi Chang Pu was added to open the Mind’s orifices

The formula also harmonizes Liver and Stomach and is particularly suited for stagnant Liver-Qi invading the Stomach.

Mental-Emotional Pattern
Key words: Abandoning Resentment.

This product is a dietary (food) supplement, as prescribed by a qualified practitioner. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease. Do not take if nursing or pregnant. Not intended to replace a varied diet. Not to be consumed for longer 3 months on a continued basis.