Xiao Yao San (Stress Free Tea) translates as “Rambling” powder and is often called “Free and Easy Wanderer” in the West. Stress Free Tea is provided in teabag form for your convenience and pleasure, and features medicinals wildcrafted in the Tibet region of China. Xiao Yao San is a commonly used formula in China and now across the world.
This is with good reason, as it is the standard Chinese botanical formula for producing a calming effect on the nervous system, regulating Qi, and promoting a healthy liver. When these functions are healthy, the tea drinker may have the composed disposition of a wandering sage, rambling along in life peacefully despite the chaos of the external world.
As it is, stress related disorders have become widespread in the modern world.
Anxiety, nervous tension, depression, and irritability, particularly associated with the inability of the body to adapt to stressors, are typical symptoms addressed by Xiao Yao San tea.
Have you noticed how your thought patterns influence those around you? Have you noticed how stress and anxiety in others makes you feel? Regulating the stress response is important for personal and social health. We not only enjoy a better quality of life by regulating our stress response, but create a healthier community around us. The key is keeping the body in balance with healthy, adaptive levels of stress hormones.
These hormones will go up and down depending on how well we have trained our body to self regulate and respond to various stimuli. Our body function and how well we do in life are dependent on how well we respond to stressors.
Thinking happy thoughts is great but body function needs to be doing well, or we will find ourselves reliving the same response patterns when stressors inevitably reoccur, often blaming others for our uncomfortable feelings.
The key features of Xiao Yao San are its ability to regulate cortisol levels and distribute nitric oxide gas (qi). This allows the herbal tea infusion to act on major metabolic pathways associated with the stress response.
Nitric oxide is an important gasotransmitter with vital roles in regulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, balancing hormone production and distribution, and regulating sleep. By leveling the distribution of nitric oxide, levels of dopamine, serotonin, melatonin, and noradrenaline can obtain an equilibrium associated with good health and emotional contentment.
The buildup of nitric oxide is associated with sleep deprivation, anxiety attacks, and emotional trauma. The inability of the body to down-regulate nitric oxide buildup becomes linked with chronic pain, stress disorders, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Elevated nitric oxide levels also deregulate melatonin, a crucial hormone for sleep and pain signaling. This is why good sleep is critical for improving chronic fatigue and pain. Supplementation is not enough and simply fueling the hormone pathway does not help the body’s regulatory mechanisms.
Cortisol secretions are responsible for waking us up in the morning, signaling that rest is over and it is time to begin our day. An overactive stress response is associated with prolonged elevations of cortisol, with lessening parasympathetic activity over time and associated hormone imbalances. Elevated cortisol levels start to wake us up earlier in the day, often with difficulty going back to sleep. Nightmares, vivid dreaming, or replaying the day at night can become common instead of exceptional. Difficulty falling and staying asleep often shift when drinking Stress Free Tea.
The stress response, or sympathetic dominance, is often called the “fight or flight” response. Our instinctual response to nitric oxide buildup and cortisol elevation is to “fight” it out! Since most civilized humans won’t do that, tension in the neck and shoulders builds up instead and causes the muscles to contract. This is when people will say – “I hold my stress in my neck and shoulders”. Xiao Yao San makes a great formula for desk job stress, computer workers, and others with neck pain, eye strain, shoulder tightness, and headaches associated with prolonged sitting and computer based jobs.
Another instinct when cortisol and nitric oxide are out of control is to run. Since we often try to confront our fears and feelings instead of instinctively running for the hills, tension builds up in the legs, lower back, and psoas muscles instead.
Stress states cause growing irritation and eventual damage to motor and sensory nerves over time. The nerves themselves can start to “burn up”, feel “on fire” and break down completely. Overheating from excessive nitric oxide build up can produce an oxidation of the nerve fiber itself, leading to burning and electric pains. This is like turning on all the electricity in the house. The oxidation and inflammation can advance aging. Brain damage can occur.
If we reset the wiring and maintain a healthy filter (liver), cortisol can return to normal levels as elevated blood levels reduce and hormone balance is reestablished. Xiao Yao San is liver protective. It inhibits liver fibrosis and prevents the development of cirrhosis.
This is also a fantastic women’s formula, as Xiao Yao San is used to regulate menstruation and mood disorders associated with menstrual and menopausal cycles. Hormone imbalances that present with symptoms at key intervals of the month or cycles of life are moderated by Xiao Yao San.
Xiao Yao San treats the overload of stress hormones and hyper-inflammatory effect of an overly dominant sympathetic nervous system, or fight or flight response. Its cumulative effect is regulatory to the autonomic nervous system, and conducive to long term circulation of vital air and gases for emotional, psychological, and physical health.