Here’s an homage to one of the original Star Trek movies. I was never a trekkie but did enjoy that one.
Anyway, not really here to talk about Star Trek but a different Khan altogether…
This 3-star review comes in from Rodger Lamber for Thor’s Hammer.
“Not too sure of this yet. Either my co workers make me irratable or the Cistanche might make me irratable like Ghengis Khahn lol”
Besides getting a laugh, why do I share this one? Because it brings up an important topic I haven’t talked too much about.
And that is that herbs can increase irritability and even anger. Since we’re talking emotions there’s a lot of complexity here.
First off, let me say that it may not be the Cistanche specifically. Thor’s Hammer also contains:
Most of these herbs are powerful yang herbs. (See this article for more on the topic of yin vs. yang.)
Many are also hot. (See this article for hot vs. cold.)
We’ve all heard about ‘roid rage. Too much of a good thing (aka testosterone) can cause some issues. Not just testicular shrinkage, but explosive outbursts.
Some of our customers worry about having too much testosterone and it making them angry. Just know that the opposite can sometimes be the case.
Men with low testosterone are more likely to be human walking mats, that build up resentment over time which at some point finds an outlet in an explosive, even violent outburst.
Consider this. Do you think the young men shooting up schools and shopping malls are high or low testosterone males?
As with all things that right balancing is important.
Here is my personal experience. Our Tongkat Ali powder is a bit too strong for me. If I take a full dose I get a mild headache. As you might imagine, along with that I’m more irritable too!
In Chinese medicine they would talk about this as liver yang rising.
Don’t forget that the liver has to process pretty much every single thing that you put in your body. It also has to process so much of what the body itself produces, including the sex hormones.
And since it is not a reductionist system just looking at chemicals, the Chinese model sees the liver as the seat of anger.
So why exactly is this happening?
Maybe the liver is backed up in waste to process and that’s a bit too much thrown on top. Maybe the liver is backed up in irritability and that’s a bit too much thrown on top. Maybe I’m just overall running hot and this puts me over the edge.
Let me be clear. This hasn’t always been the case. When I first started using Tongkat Ali in my late 20’s it worked wonders for me.
But it’s not the one right now. Not at our normal dose.
If you find similar things are happening for you, with Tongkat, Cistanche, Thor’s Hammer or something else then I’d recommend backing off.
You can try a lower dose.
(One thing I have found now is that I can get the benefits without the drawbacks by using a lower dose with the VIP Tongkat Spagyric Tincture.)
You can also skip the herb and move onto something else.
You could also formulate with the herb to balance out its effects. That’s a bit beyond the scope of this article though.
This is some food for thought in working with herbs to find what works for your best.
If you have experiences like this, please share them in the comments below.