G A S T R O D I A . 9

General Activities
sedate internal wind, resolve phlegm obstruction

Sample Indications for Use
spasms and pain, including trigeminal neuralgia, severe headaches, and Bell’s palsy

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Tremella 14 or Shou Wu Tablets for internal wind related to deficiency of liver yin
Cinnamon 14 for spasm and pain due to wind-chill, such as Bell’s palsy
Arisaema 10 for phlegm-damp accumulation
Fu Shen 16 for fire agitation causing shaking or convulsion
Angelica 14, Chrysanthemum 9, or Cnidium 9 for headache that feels like bands around the head.

This formula is intended for short-term use, several days, to be followed up with a blood nourishing formula if needed.

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

Explanatory Notes
Gastrodia 9 is based on traditional and modern formulas used for the treatment of spasm and pain. Examples are the traditional formula Aquilaria & Gastrodia Combination (Chenxiang Tianma Tang) applied to treatment of epilepsy, convulsion, paralysis, and trigeminal neuralgia; the patent formula Qianfeng Wan, given for pain and soreness of joints and muscles; and the modern clinical formula Yuzhen San, used for tonic paralysis and chronic spasms. Yuzhen San (Contraction-Relieving Powder), the closest match to Gastrodia 9, is made with arisaema, siler, angelica, gastrodia, chiang huo, and typhonium. Silkworm is added to help resolve wind-phlegm; with cicada, it reduces spasms. In general, the contractile disorders are usually painful; initial therapy may incorporate herbs for alleviating upper body pain such as Angelica 14, Cnidium 9, or Upper Palace Tablets. Contributors to the syndrome may include internal deficiencies such as deficiency of qi and blood that allows wind invasion, or deficiency of yin and blood that induces stirring of internal wind. Some excess factors play a role, such as accumulation of dampness and phlegm due to dietary excesses and/or as a result of weak digestion. External factors are mainly climate extremes (especially cold-damp wind), though traumatic injury or surgery can also cause blockage and, in combination with the other internal factors, yield the symptoms. Nourishing the blood and improving the function of stomach/spleen (by adding a second formula) may be important to attain lasting results, but the formula may be adequate on its own, or with other wind-resolving formulas, when treating acute ailments, such as Bell’s palsy.

Gastrodia (m), Cicada, Arisaema, Chiang huo, Silkworm, Siler, Turtle shell, Typhonium, Licorice
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mihuanjun, chantui, tiannanxing, qianghuo, jiangcang, fangfeng, biejia, baifuzi, gancao