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General Activities
sedate shen, disperses qi and blood, resolve phlegm obstruction

Sample Indications for Use
nervousness, drug withdrawal syndrome, insomnia

To Personalise, Add
Fu shen 16 for fire agitation causing severe insomnia or spasms
Zizyphus 18 for deficiency conditions with insomnia and mental agitation
Cyperus 18 for phlegm accumulation, depression, and anxiety
Tang Kuei 18 or Tremella 14 for liver damage due to drug use
Rehmannia 16 for yin deficiency
Nuphar 14 for liver-qi stagnation and heat causing irritability and insomnia

This formula can have immediate calming effects and, when used for several weeks, may help correct imbalances from previous harmful habits.

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are powdered and formed into 700 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 and 250 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Ardisia 16 is a slight modification of Bupleurum and Dragon Bone Combination (Chaihu Jia Longgu Muli Tang), a traditional formula that was applied to treat nervousness, palpitations, insomnia, and other stress syndromes. It has been modified to reinforce the phlegm-resolving action of pinellia and ginger by adding ardisia and acorus; further, the blood vitalising and heat clearing herbs salvia, moutan, and peony have been added. Ardisia was selected because it both resolves phlegm and vitalises blood. Phlegm accumulation and blood stagnation are described by Chinese doctors as contributors to the transformation of acute conditions to chronic disorders. Bupleurum and Dragon Bone Combination focuses on treating an agitational syndrome affecting the liver and heart which arises from an acute disease, but this modification can be used in chronic syndromes as well. One of the intended applications of Ardisia 16, is aiding persons who are trying to withdraw from drugs that affect the nervous system, especially those that can be addictive. Ardisia was used in China to treat opium-addicted patients; Bupleurum and Dragon Bone Combination has been used in the US to treat withdrawal from anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs as well as illicit drugs that are ultimately used for similar purposes. Another derivative of Bupleurum and Dragon Combination is Fu shen 16; that formula has a greater focus on settling liver yang, with hematite and haliotis added as heavy sedating agents, and uncaria and coptis used to clear liver fire.

Ingredients
English
Ardisia, Bupleurum, Dragon bone, Oyster shell, Salvia, Pinellia, Rehmannia, Scute, Fu shen, Acorus, Moutan, Peony, Ginseng, Cinnamon bark, Ginger, Rhubarb
Pin Yin
jinniucao, chaihu, longgu, muli, danshen, banxia, dihuang, huangqin, fushen, shichangpu, mudanpi, baishao, renshen, rougui, ganjiang, dahuang