Botanical Medicine 

Plant-based medicine has a long history steeped in tradition and research, now the resulting systems are used to treat everything from the common cold to autoimmune issues and anxiety to digestive unrest. 

Food is medicine!

It will either help or hinder your health.

Ever notice how the properties of herbs and spices change how you feel?

Garlic and Ginger warm you from the inside and support your immune system during the cold months. Watermelon and Mint keep you hydrated and cool during the warm months.

 

Herbal properties like Taste and Temperature influence your internal gases. For example, nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide, hormones and bacteria of your microbiome support your gut terrain and communicate with your body's regulatory systems.

 

When paired properly, consuming botanicals that thrive in their external environments will help your internal microbiome thrive and in turn keep you healthy and happy!

Timing, purity and potency during and after cultivation also influence the ability of the botanicals to support and realign the body into homeostasis, the body's happy place!

 

Herbal remedies and nutritional changes are often used as a strong stand alone plan or in conjunction with acupuncture for an additional therapeutic effect. The same emphasis and care given to acupuncture point combination applies to the careful blending and prescribing of botanical remedies. 

 

Unlike allopathic medicine, traditional east Asian herbal medicine does not separate a disease from a person, focusing only on a particular pathology rather than health. The goal is to comfortably balance and restore the natural flow of the systems of the body and ease the strain of environmental and lifestyle stresses.

Firefly uses the highest quality and sustainably sourced herbal medicines that have been properly tested and approved to ensure your health and their efficacy.

 

We often use herbs as a natural remedy to reduce pain and inflammation, improve digestion, regulate body systems and support and maintain your health and wellness. 

As with any herbal remedy it is important to keep to a consistent schedule and treatment plan. Generally, one dose won’t fix the problem, the more chronic and severe the issue the more important the series of treatments and consistency of the routine. 

Together we will tailor a course of treatment to meet your unique health needs.

Featured Botanical Blends

We only offer the highest quality herbal blends

All our medicines and herbs are sustainably and responsibly sourced, tested in third-party labs, and have proven efficacy and potency. Your safety and health is our top priority and we do all that we can to ensure that you receive the maximum health impact from our natural herbal solutions.

Serenity

Stress Relief, Burnout Prevention, Digestive & Hormonal Support

Serenity is derived from a traditional formula named Xiao Yao San, or Free and Easy Wanderer. It aids in regulating the stress chemical cortisol in the body.

It does this by helping the liver to breakdown excessive levels of cortisol from the nervous system. 

A little stress is a good thing, but too much causes problems like anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Modern research is now supporting what traditional doctors have known for hundreds of years. This formula has been used to help relieve stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and most recently, jet lag.

The following are some of the biomedical influences Serenity has on the body as it encourages a healthy balance of body systems for improved and sustained health and wellness.

Increase in melatonin: Melatonin is a pineal hormone that plays a central part in regulating bodily rhythms. The melatonin signal forms part of the system that regulates the sleep–wake cycle which is considered to be related to jet lag. Serenity brings the serum melatonin level back to normal.

Regulating effects on nitric oxide (NO)/cGMP pathway: NO/cGMP pathway plays a critical role in corticostriatal long-term depression. Paeoniflorin (an active ingredient) can inhibit NO/cGMP pathway to reduce depressive-like behavior.

Effects on dopamine: Dopamine is a catecholamine neurotransmitter with roles in pain perception and natural analgesia. There is also strong evidence for the role of dopamine in restless leg syndrome, which is a condition found frequently in patients with fibromyalgia. Serenity can significantly increase the dopamine (DA) level and decrease the DOPAC level, with a marked elevation of A/DOPAC ratio in the striatuin.

Balancing effects on cortisol: Changed patterns of serum cortisol levels have been observed in connection with abnormal ACTH levels, clinical depression, psychological stress, and physiological stressors. Serenity can reduce serum cortisol. The mechanism is the herbal remedy regulates cortisol released via hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA or HTPA axis).


Positive effects on Noradrenaline (NA): Most people with fibromyalgia have low NA levels. Serenity can significantly elevate the level of NA and decrease the level of 3, 4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) in rat hypothalamus.

Microgard & Microgard Plus

Digestive Reset, Microbiome & Gut Terrain Balance

Microgard and Microgard Plus can help resolve a myriad of acute digestive issues. Whether your stomach is upset after eating questionable or disagreeable food, nauseated by motion sickness, or suffering from a hangover after over indulging. Choosing Microgard can help resolve stomach pain, gastritis, acid regurgitation, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, loose stools and many other common sudden and long standing digestive disorders, including symptoms of IBS. 

Microgard provides relief by reducing inflammation and repairing damage to the GI tract. 

It works to encourage and ease digestive function and flow, increase bile flow and supports gallbladder function. Microgard also offers  antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory functions and increases the absorption of cholesterol, stimulates the production of digestive enzymes to help the break down of proteins, fats and sugars and lowers blood pressure. It provides relief from nausea and protects gastric mucosa to aid in establishing and balancing the gut microbiome. 

Often our foods are bred to be ultra sweet and, the western diet in general, is heavily laden with sugar. Unless you live in a city and are taking 15k step a day the automobile culture, GMOs, preservatives and sedentary living mean that food stagnation and indigestion causing long standing inflammation are a way of life.


Microgard is ideal for excess and is thoughtfully designed to provide support for the Standard American Diet (SAD). Reliving pain and discomfort while supporting the digestive system as a whole. Working to heal and balance the flora and mucosa of the gut as a high potency digestive aid. 

Wind

Lymph Flow, Immune Support

A unique herbal blend designed to modulate the immune system, create flow and clear congestion within the Lymph system.


Wind works to break down biofilm, mold, fungus and other invading microbes impeding proper flow of the lymph pathways.

Wind is often the first step in a proven system to reduce pain and swelling and increase energy to allow the body to summon the defense it needs to protect and heal itself.

Sweet Change

Reduce Cravings, Weight Management

Sweet Change is a natural herbal tincture spray designed to help manage food cravings and addictions. Made with an exclusive blend of herbals, it is a revolutionary product that helps break patterns and unwanted habits to initiate transformation with regards to food cravings and addictions.


Sweet Change eliminates cravings, supports blood sugar levels and calms the mind.

Zheng Xie Gu Shui
Evil Bone Water

Fast Acting Pain Relief

Evil Bone water is a 500 year old formula which has been modified and perfected to heal modern Bone, Muscle, Joint and Skin injuries and conditions in record time.

It is a strong topical medicinal liniment commonly used for sprains and strains, muscle cramps and spasms, deep joint and ligament discomfort, bruises, broken bones, sports and accidental injuries and insect bites and itching.

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