D I A G N O S T I C . T A B L E T S . ( p r e s c r i p t i o n . o n l y )

General Activities
disperse qi, moisture, and blood, tonify spleen

Sample Indications for Use
abdominal bloating, lumps and swellings, fatigue, aching, constipation, hypothyroidism, anxiety

To Personalise, Add
Alisma 16 or Ginseng 18 for edema, abdominal bloating, diarrhea
Bupleurum S for stomach pains
Coptis/Evodia Tablets for acid regurgitation
Cyperus 18 for hypochondria
Zhu Dan Tablets for gallbladder congestion
Rhubarb 17 for constipation due to stagnation
Ardisia 16 for sequelae of drug abuse
Blue Citrus Tablets of Scrophularia 12 for lumps

This formula is intended for treatment of up to three months for difficult to diagnose disorders; after the initial treatment, one should be able to switch to a more specific therapy.

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

Explanatory Notes
Diagnostic tablets are designed on the basis of a number of traditional formulas that have been used for difficult to diagnose diseases that involve symptoms of qi and blood stagnation. Examples of such formulas are Areca Seed Combination (Jiubin Wu Fu Tang; Nine Expulsions Evodia and Hoelen Decoction), Tang Kuei Sixteen Formula (Shiliuwei Liuqi Yin; Sixteen Ingredient Flowing Qi Drink). The common aspect of the disorders is a stagnation syndrome that can only be penetrated by areca seed with the aid of aromatic dispersers such as magnolia bark and evodia. The action of this formula is to boost the qi (ginseng, licorice) and clear out any blockages to qi circulation by resolving moisture (areca seed, magnolia bark, ginger, hoelen), phlegm (pinellia), and stagnant blood (turmeric, liquidambar, rhubarb). With the qi flowing through areas of stagnation, some of the symptoms will clear up promptly, while the ones that remain will reveal the key constitutional disorders, which may then be treated to resolve the problem. In this sense, the formula is “diagnostic”, by uncovering the more recalcitrant problems. The formula has a warming quality, as is necessary to break through stagnation. If the individual experiences an uncomfortable warm response, it would suggest that there is blocked internal heat, and this can be treated by other formulas (eg Bupleurum 12, Ardisia 16, Nuphar 14, Cyperus 18). This formula is also useful for helping to resolve lumps (usually under the skin, and easily detected, such as breast lumps and lymphatic swelling (see also Blue Citrus Tablets, Prunella 8, and Scrophularia 12).