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General Activities
tonify qi and yin, clear deficiency heat

Sample Indications for Use
chronic lung disorders, yin deficiency with sweating, menopausal syndrome

To Personalise, Add
Restorative Tablets or Cordyceps 9 for weakness, excessive sweating, and chronic cough
Pinellia 16 for lung disease with excessive sputum
Rehmannia 16 or Lily 14 for chronic low-grade fever with excessive thirst
Tremella 14 for dry cough and frequent infection
Ginseng 6 for shallow breathing and weak pulse
Stemona Tablets or Belamcanda 15 to inhibit lung infection

This formula may be used for short-term therapy to resolve an infection, or as a preventive for persons who frequently experience lung diseases or night sweating with qi and yin deficiency.

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

Explanatory Notes
Astragalus 16 is based on traditional prescriptions used for acute and chronic lung diseases, such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. These disorders were thought to involve the combination of qi deficiency (general weakness), deficiency fire (which would produce mild fever, excessive sweating), and stagnated qi circulation (yielding tightness in the chest, or lumps in the lymph nodes or beasts). Therefore, the formula includes qi tonics (astragalus, ginseng, atractylodes, licorice), herbs for clearing deficiency fire (anemarrhena, ophiopogon, chin-chiu, lycium bark), and herbs for regulating circulation of qi (bupleurum, blue citrus, citrus, tang kuei). The two herbs for alleviating coughing - aster and platycodon - also have the general use of directing the therapy to the upper body and providing additional tonification. This formula is likely to be used for disorders other than tuberculosis, such as pneumonia, emphysema, and chronic or acute bronchitis, as well as non-lung disorders, such as menopausal syndrome in women with qi deficiency and tendency to experience lumps or swellings. The selection of Astragalus 16, rather than another formula, would be based on the finding of qi deficiency and deficiency heat as significant aspects of the disorder. The traditional formulas of similar design, such as Chin chiu and Tortoise Shell Formula (Qinjiao Biejia San), Astragalus and Tortoise Shell Formula (Huangqi Biejia San), and Astragalus and Atractylodes Combination ( Qingshu Yiqi Tang), are today applied to treating bronchial infections that follow the common cold or influenza. For lung heat without deficiency, see Belamcanda 15 and Trichosanthes Fruit Tablets.

Astragalus, Aster, Chin chiu, Platycodon, Lycium bark, Anemarrhena, Ophiopogon, Pinellia, Ginseng, Tang kuei, Bupleurum, Blue citrus, Citrus, Atractylodes, Licorice, Mume
Pin Yin
huangqi, ziwan, qinjiao, jiegeng, digupi, zhimu, maimendong, banxia, renshen, danggui, chaihu, qingpi, chenpi, baizhu, gancao, wume