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Platycodon 14 is an example of a new formulation . Although it is roughly based on the ancient Magnolia Flower Formula (Xinyi San) and on the modern Siler and Coix Combination, the Seven Forests formula differs significantly from the others described in the literature. The determination to produce a new formulation comes about, in most cases, because the therapeutic action desired may not have been presented in the available literature. In this case, the formula was designed to address problems of intractable infection and congestion. The conditions inspiring the development of the formula included tooth abscess (the modern treatment is often a root canal operation) and chronic sinus congestion (surgery is sometimes used to clear the blockage).
The intended therapeutic impact was a penetration of the congested area, to help anti-infection agents (immune system molecules and cells, and active ingredients of herbs or drugs) get to the heart of the obstruction. The main principle to be employed is to use aromatic agents that can penetrate the congestion.
Ingredients that have been used traditionally for toothache and sinus congestion were considered. Platycodon, one of the lead ingredients, is indicated for inflammatory and congestive disorders of the lungs, throat and head. Magnolia flower is the most commonly-used treatment for sinusitis, taken orally, applied to the nose in liquid drops, or the essntial oil inhaled. The other ingredients also have these basic applications. Some of the herbs, such as angelica, schizonepeta, and forsythia, are well-known for treating infections, congestion, and pain, while others are less well-known and are introduced to Western practitioners here: kaempheria, a source of camphorous compouds that penetrate congestion and alleviate pain; murraya, a highly aromatic herb that is said to "promote the flow of qi, invigorate blood circulation , remove wind, expel dampness and subdue pain." and helicteres which is said to "remove toxic heat and relieve toxic swelling", being indicated for, among other things, toothache, mumps, scrofula, and abscess.
The range of ingredients to include was determined, in part, by the attempt to provide specific therapeutic actions: open the congested area, vitalise circulation, alleviate pain, inhibit infection, and resolve accumulations of phlegm. Following the most general patterns of herbal prescribing in the modern era, the number of ingredients is similar to that used in Chinese clinics for similar indications. This formula might take the lace of the traditional Magnolia Flower Formula (Xinyi San), commonly prescribed for sinus congestion; it might also replace the traditional formula sometimes used for toothache, Bupleurum and Pueraria Formula (Chai Ge Jieji Tang), which was initially designed for muscular pain associated with high fever.
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