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Article: Commitment is Key: How To Optimize The Effectiveness of Herbal Medicine

Commitment is Key: How To Optimize The Effectiveness of Herbal Medicine

The Importance of Dosing in Chinese Herbal Medicine


The western medical model has taught us that when you take a pill, relief should come almost instantly. While instant gratification is certainly welcome in some situations, it is the result of the design of most medications to provide nothing more than symptom relief and does very little to move the body closer to yin yang balance, where health is achieved. Chinese herbal medicines are designed for benefits that are much farther-reaching. Instead of chasing the branch, Chinese herbal formulas are crafted to address the root. 

Unfortunately for consumers who are accustomed to our culture of taking no more than one or two pills to attain relief, that is not how it works when you take Chinese herbs. To achieve lasting, deep-level alleviation of an ongoing health challenge, commitment is key. 

Occasionally, here at Snap Dynasty, we get feedback that one of our formulas "isn't working." We have great confidence that the technology behind our formulas will benefit most people, so our first question is always, "how much are you taking?" Consistently, the truth comes out and our customers who find little improvement when using our formulas are not committing. We’re not casting blame or shame, we understand that there are consequences to a culture of instant gratification and we too have had to adjust our thinking. 

The theory behind dosing medicinal Chinese herbs is to match the dose to the progression and duration of the challenge that led you to take herbs in the first place. For example, sudden onset issues that call for enlisting COLD SNAP to fight the battle are often best addressed by taking small, frequent doses, as often as every 20 minutes; extending the time between doses as a shift occurs. Every  formula has a maximum daily dose on the label, and some situations give a reason to max out. 

Alternatively, the differential diagnoses in Traditional Chinese Medicine that are encompassed in CHI’LL OUT- heart and kidney yin deficiency with spleen qi deficiency, which present as challenges with sleep and anxiety- tend to develop slowly, over time, eventually creating an ongoing health challenge. Therefore, the dosing strategy is different. Slow and steady wins the race with CHI’LL OUT, but consistency is key. We recommend committing to two capsules, three times per day for 7-10 days to fully experience the potential benefits. We understand that multi-dosing is a challenge and we encourage our customers who are seeking deep-level change to accept the challenge and develop strategies that set them up for success. Leaving bottles in several, frequently visited places- on the kitchen counter, in your vehicle, on your nightstand, at your workplace - will serve as a reminder to commit and ensure that a dose is always available. We love these affordable, three times per day pill organizers to keep us on task. Since CHI’LL OUT is not a sedative, we recommend taking the first dose shortly after waking. 

Occasionally we hear from customers who attempt to employ a strategy borrowed from the Western medical model: take the formulas as you please: i.e.
“when I remember”
“when I  feel like it”
“when the symptoms hit”
resulting in a net total intake of two capsules every couple days. Nope. It doesn’t work with Chinese herbs. Employing that strategy is equivalent to taking zero capsules. To optimize the benefits and achieve lasting results, you must commit. 

Questions specific to your situation? Reach out for dosing guidance:

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