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dispel wind, relieve heat, alleviate pain
Sample Indications for Use
headache and other upper body pains, sinus congestion, arthralgia
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Blue Earth Dragon or Platycodon 14 for pain due to sinus congestion
Pueraria 10 or Upper Palace Tablets for upper back and shoulder pain
Chiang Huo 13 for upper body arthralgia
Tang Kuei 18 or Tang Kuei Tablets for blood-deficiency induced pain
Cinnamon 14 for cold-damp pain
This formula is intended to have both immediate action (within the hour) and long-term effects (reducing the tendency to experience a repeat of the pain). Low dosages may be used regularly by those with frequent recurrence, especially if taken with blood nourishing agents.
Crude herbs are powdered and formed into 700 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 and 250 tablets.
Angelica 14 is a pain-relieving formula, mainly intended for treatment of headache, neck pain, and other upper-body pains. The formula is based on several traditional prescriptions: Ophiopogon and Asarum Combination (Qingshang Juantong Tang), Cnidium and Tea Formula (Chuanxiong Chatiao San), and Chiang Huo Combination (Jiuwei Qianghuo Tang). The traditional description of the pain syndrome that this formula is designed to treat is invasion of wind. This is a condition in which the blood vessels contract, producing the pain sensation. The upper body is most susceptible to wind (combining with dampness, the syndrome may affect the lower body; see Siler Tablets). Several of the herbs of this formula are said to dispel wind and relieve surface congestion, including angelica, chrysanthemum, cnidium, chiang huo, siler, and vitex. Except for chrysanthemum, these herbs have a warming quality: the warming nature of the herbs is almost essential in order to get the desired effects to work upward (to the head area) and outward (to the surface, with an opening, decongesting action). Scute, rehmannia, and chin chiu clear internal heat and prevent it from exacerbating the surface wind. Although this formula is intended for short-term use in treating individual bouts of wind invasion, with appropriate accompanying treatments it can be utilised as a preventative agent for those who experience repeated wind invasion. Easy experience of wind invasion suggests that the vessels are not richly supplied with qi and blood, and therefore one should use a tonic formula as well. In cases of blood stasis causing headache, add or substitute Cnidium 9 or Upper Palace Tablets; for wind-heat, try Chrysanthemum 9.
Angelica, Chrysanthemum, Tang kuei, Cnidium, Rehmannia, Chiang huo, Siler, Nardostachys, Kao pen, Chin chiu, Scute, Corydalis, Vitex, Licorice
baizhi, yejuhua, danggui, chuanxiong, shengdi, qianghuo, fangfeng, gansong, gaoben, qinjiao, huangqin, yanhusuo, manjingzi, gancao