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General Activities
strengthen tendons and bones, nourish liver and kidney, relieve pain

Sample Indications for Use
pain and swelling due to chronic tendon weakness, arthralgia, sciatica, gout

To Personalise, Add
Eucommia 18 to tonify kidney yang
Drynaria 12 or Chiang-huo 13 for painful joints
Liquidambar 15 for back pain
Tortoise Shell Tablets for yin deficiency
Recovery Pills for recovery from injury or surgery for joint and tendon disorders
Tang kuei 18 or Tang kuei Tablets for blood deficiency

Treatment time should be 3-6 weeks to not significant effects. Continue as needed and then replace by Eucommia 18 for long-term therapy.

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are powdered and formed into tablets of 750 mg. Bottling of 100 and 250 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Acanthopanax 10 is designed to strengthen tendons and alleviate pain that is due to chronic weakness of the tendons. Tendon weakness is a congenital disorder that, from the Chinese viewpoint, is due to deficiency of kidney essence and insufficiency of liver blood (the tendons are an extension of the liver; congenital disorders are usually the result of kidney deficiency; kidney essence is a contributor to liver blood). Laxness of the tendons can lead to repeated minor injuries of the joints, resulting in pain and postural problems. Several Chinese herbs have been identified as strengthening tendons, bones, and muscles. Most of these herbs are incorporated into Acanthopanax 10. The formula is a derivative of Gouji Yin (Cibotium formula), which contains dipsacus, eucommia, achyranthes, chaenomeles, and pine node (cibotium is on the endangered species list so is not included in Acanthopanax 10), and is indicated for limited movement, painful joints, numbness, and fatigue. It is also related to Shujin Zhaungli Wan (Tendon Soothing and Strengthening Pill) that includes eucommia, chaenomeles, achyranthes, and licorice, but which has several additional herbs to address acute tendon disorders (eg injuries). The resulting formula is similar to those used to treat bi syndrome in persons with deficiency of kidney and liver, especially for cases of kidney yang deficiency: typical manifestations are cold feet, lower back pain, and tendency to experience sciatica, gout, and/or Achilles tendonitis. Achyranthes, loranthus, and tortoise shell nourish the liver blood and used to treat the complex of flaccidity and stiffness. For acute tendon inflammation, see Bromelgin (White Tiger).

Acanthopanax, Eucommia, Achyranthes, Cibotium, Drynaria, Loranthus, Pine Node, Chaenomeles, Tortoise Shell, Licorice
Pin Yin
Wujiapi, duzhong, niuxi, gouji, gusuibu, sangjisheng, songjie, mugua, guiban, zhigancao