C O M P O S I T I O N . A

General Activities
tonify qi and essence, vitalise blood, clean toxin

Sample Indications for Use
immune deficiency marked by bone marrow suppression, as occurs with HIV infection, during cancer therapy, and with idiopathic leukopenia or other blood cell deficiency

To Personalise, Add
Salvia Shou Wu to enhance blood circulation
Antler 8 to promote bone marrow function
Isatis 6 or Bidens 6 to inhibit infections
Restorative Tablets to nourish yin
Gecko A to tonify yang
Ginseng 6 or Cordyceps 9 to improve lung qi
Gynostemma Tablets to counter side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy

This formula is intended for long-term use; the antitoxin herbs all have an immune-enhancing action.

Manufacturing Specifications
Peony refers to half white and half red peony. Crude herbs are powdered, and then additional extracts of ganoderma, astragalus, salvia, millettia, lycium, ginseng, and licorice are included; formed into 750 mg tablets. Bottling of 100, 250 and 420 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Composition A was devised on the basis of prescriptions used in the treatment of immune deficiency syndromes. In China, these syndromes were most often noted secondary to cancer therapies. The prescription has been used in the US primarily to help protect and boost the immune functions of persons infected by HIV. It is currently applied to help restore immune function once HIV activity is inhibited by drug therapy. The key herbs are immune enhancing tonics, such as astragalus, ganoderma, and deer antler. The large number of herbs in the formula, 20, arises from the attempt to nourish all the organs and essences with: yin and blood nourishing herbs (rehmannia, tortoise shell, ligustrum, peony, lycium, ophiopogon, millettia); yang tonic herbs (epimedium, cistanche, antler); and qi tonic herbs (astragalus, ginseng, atractylodes, licorice). Also, because immune deficiency syndrome leaves one open to infection, a prophylactic dose of antitoxin herbs that have immune regulating effects is included (andrographis, lonicera, hu-chang, phellodendron); these herbs also clear heat from the blood. Salvia vitalises blood circulation, clears heat, and, with millettia, aids production of blood.

Antler, Astragalus, Ganoderma, Salvia, Rehmannia, Phellodendron, Tortoise shell, Hu chang, Lonicera, Epimedium, Cistanche, Andrographis, Ligustrum, Curcuma, Atractylodes, Ginseng, Peony, Lycium fruit, Ophiopogon, Millettia, Licorice
Pin Yin
lurong, huangqi, lingzhi, danshen, dihuang, huangbai, guiban, huzhang, jinyinhua, yinyanghuo, roucongrong, chuanxinlian, nuzhenzi, yujin, baizhu, renshen, shaoyao, gouqizi, maimendong, jizueteng, gancao