A T R A C T Y L O D E S . T A B L E T S

General Activities
tonify qi, nourish blood, vitalise qi and blood circulation

Sample Indications for Use
ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, diarrhea, abdominal aching, hemorrhoids

To Personalise, Add
Ginseng 18 for qi deficiency and abdominal bloating
Peony 9 for intestinal cramping
Picrorrhiza 11 for chronic intestinal infection or diarrhea
Lotus 9 for qi deficiency and nervousness
Ginseng 6 for gastric or duodenal ulceration
Corydalis 5 for abdominal pain

This formula is intended for a course of therapy lasting several months to resolve a chronic disorder.

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are powdered and combined with mume extract, then formed into 700 mg tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Atractylodes Tablets is based on a modern Chinese clinical formula call Jianpi Ling that is used primarily for treating ulcerative colitis. That formula, like many used for treating chronic intestinal disorders, is based on the traditional Ginseng and Astragalus Combination (Buzhong Yiqi Tang; see Pine Mountain), which tonifies qi. The main adaptation of that formula to yield Atractylodes Tablets is the replacement of bupleurum and cimicifuga (two herbs used to raise qi that are often included in the treatment of prolapse) by mume, catechu, and corydalis. Mume is an intestinal astringent containing organic acids that helps normalise the mucosa and alleviate the tendency to experience diarrhea. Catechu is an intestinal astringent that contains catechins (tannins), which inhibit intestinal infections, normalise the intestinal mucosa, alleviate ulceration and bleeding, and reduce the tendency towards diarrhea; catechu also moves blood and helps reduce scar formation. Corydalis helps alleviate abdominal aching. Chronic intestinal diseases often involve periods of constipation, which is best treated by drinking plenty of fluids and consuming a high fibre diet, rather than relying on laxatives which may change the condition to diarrhea. Bouts of diarrhea and even intestinal bleeding may occur in some of the disorders, especially ulcerative colitis; adding Imperata 10 may help control that symptom. According to the Chinese doctrine, by tonifying the qi, the disorder may go into long-term remission. For irritable bowel disorder, see Peony 9.

Atractylodes, Astragalus, Codonopsis, Tang kuei, Ginger, Peony, Catechu, Corydalis, Saussurea, Mume (ext), Licorice
Pin Yin
baizhu, huangqi, dangshen, danggui, paojiang, baishao, ercha, yanhusuo, muxiang, wumei, gancao