G E C K O . A

General Activities
invigorate yang, nourish essence, tonify qi

Sample Indications for Use
fatigue after working, frequent lung ailments (including asthma attacks), impotence, low adrenal output, back pain

To Personalise, Add
Ganoderma 18 for deficiency of qi and yang, chronic fatigue
Ginseng 6 or Cordyceps 9 for chronic cough related to kidney and lung weakness
Ginseng 18 for spleen/kidney weakness causing fatigue and poor digestion
Mans Treasure for impotence and infertility
Liquidambar 15 or Acanthopanax 10 for lumbago due to repeated physical strain

This formula is intended for use over a period of several weeks, to be repeated as necessary; follow-up with a general tonic prescription

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are powdered and formed into 700 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 or 250 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Gecko A is based on the well-known patent formula Gejie Bushen Wan (Gecko Kidney Nourishing Pills). The key ingredients are gecko and deer antler (the “A” is for antler) which invigorate the yang and are applicable to cases of fatigue from overwork or other stresses. The formula is also suitable for treatment of lung disorders, such as the kidney-deficiency type asthma; gecko and cordyceps are often used for that purpose (see Perilla Seed Tablets and Ding Chuan Wan, Pine Mountain), but deer antler is also considered effective. Gecko A includes qi tonics (ginseng, dioscorea, atractylodes, licorice), yang tonics (eucommia, epimedium, antler, gecko) and yin nourishing agents (rehmannia, lycium fruit). There is evidence from Chinese studies that formulas such as this have the capability of enhancing production of hormones, especially adrenal hormones; individual ingredients have been shown to have these effects, including gecko, antler, ginseng, and epimedium. A related formula is Epimedium 8, which is used for warming the yang, but not focused on tonifying qi. Gecko A is particularly useful for initial treatment of syndromes involving fatigue and yang deficiency. In general, a treatment pattern progresses from smaller formulas focused on stimulating the yang (8-12 ingredients as in Antler 8, Epimedium 8 and Gecko A) to broad, gentle formulas (eg 18 ingredients or more, as in Ganoderma 18 or Composition A for nurturing all essences and all organs) for constitutional therapy to be pursued over a longer period.

Gecko, Deer antler, Ginseng, Eucommia, Rehmannia, Lycium fruit, Epimedium, Schizandra, Dioscorea, Atractylodes, Licorice
Pin Yin
gejie, lurong, renshen, duzhong, shudi, gouqizi, yinyanghuo, wuweizi, shanyao, baizhu, gancao