E P I M E D I U M . 8 . ( p r e s c r i p t i o n . o n l y )

General Activities
warm yang, disperse cold phlegm

Sample Indications for Use
seasonal allergies, low hormone levels, cold sensation, or cold lower body and warm upper body

To Personalise, Add
Perilla Seed Tablets, Cordyceps 9, or Gecko A for chronic asthma
Mans Treasure for impotence, backache, and fatigue
Cuscuta 15 for frequent urination or urinary incontinence
Ganoderma 18 for weakness following severe illness
Diagnostic Tablets for polycystic ovaries
Lotus 9 for morning diarrhea

This formula is intended for a three month course of therapy, after which it may be continued or changed to a broader-based tonic prescription

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are extracted in hot water, dried, and the resulting powder is formed into 700 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Epimedium 8 is based on a modern Chinese formula called Wenyang Tang (Warm the Kidney Yang Decoction), also known as the kidney reinforcing regimen. It has been shown to help prevent seasonal asthma attacks, normalise adrenal production of corticosteroids, and positively affect hormone receptors in aged persons. From the traditional point of view, this is a modification of Rehmannia Eight Combination (Jingui Shenqi Wan) and the Pill of Right Restoration (Yougui Wan) retaining the common base ingredients rehmannia, dioscorea, and aconite. Here epimedium and psoralea are used to tonify kidney yang in place of the cinnamon bark used in the original formulas. Cuscuta, an ingredient of Yougui Wan, is used as the essence astringent in place of cornus; ophiopogon is used to nourish the yin in balancing the warming yang tonics. Epimedium with ophiopogon helps strengthen the lungs; in Cordyceps 9, a similar strategy is applied using epimedium and asparagus; ophiopogon and asparagus are closely related botanically and have similar properties. The small dose of citrus is added to aid in digestion of the rich tonics. Some concern is often raised by practitioners about kidney warming therapies: do they tend to cause the person to become overheated? In most cases, this will not be a problem because significant yang deficiency leads to “floating yang”, a condition that produces heat symptoms in the upper body (usually with cold in the lower body); by using an appropriate yang tonic formula, the yang is rooted in the kidney and does not produce heat symptoms (in fact, some deficiency heat symptoms are thereby relieved).