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General Activities
tonify qi, aid distribution of qi and moisture, warm the centre

Sample Indications for Use
indigestion, diarrhea, bloating, poor nutritional status

To Personalise, Add
Shen Chu 16 for chronic indigestion, bloating, and flatulence
Lotus 9 for chronic diarrhea
Bupleurum 12 for food sensitivity
Bupleurum S for stomach ache
Tang Kuei Tablets for blood deficiency related to poor nutritional status
Gecko A for severe fatigue and cold abdomen
Gallus Malt Tablets for weak appetite
Dry Ginger Tablets for internal cold and accumulation of cold phlegm

This formula is intended to be used for a long course of therapy to correct chronic digestive weakness.

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

Explanatory Notes
Ginseng 18 is based on several well-known traditional formulas for treating weak spleen qi and resolving dampness associated with this deficiency, including Ginseng and Astragalus Combination (Buzhong Yiqi Tang) and Ginseng and Atractylodes Formula ( Shen Ling Baizhu San). The dominant function is to tonify qi, so the formula contains the qi tonics ginseng, astragalus, atractylodes, dioscorea, and licorice. To regulate dampness, hoelen, dolichos, lotus seed, ginger, citrus, pinellia, cardamom, galanga, chaenomeles, and magnolia bark are included. A key feature of this formula, compared to simple spleen qi tonic prescriptions (such as Four Major Herbs Combination, Si Junzi Tang, which it encompasses) is the inclusion of aromatic and spicy herbs citrus, cardamom, galanga, magnolia bark, and saussurea. The aromatics stimulate the digestive processes, penetrate stagnant dampness, and alleviate flatulence. This formula addresses intestinal disorders in which inadequate breakdown of nutrients leads to systemic reactions (see also: Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Pian, Pine Mountain). If a person does not suffer from dampness, then one can select an alternative qi tonifying formula, such as Ginseng 6 (treats fluid deficiency) or Astragalus 10+ (treats blood deficiency). After treating a syndrome of qi deficiency with moisture accumulation and resolving the moisture, one can follow-up with a simple qi tonic prescription such as the Pine Mountain formula Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan.

Ginseng, Atractylodes, Hoelen, Astragalus, Dioscorea, Dolichos, Lotus seed, Ginger, Tang kuei, Licorice, Citrus, Saussurea, Pinellia, Magnolia bark, Galanga, Cimicifuga, Cardamon, Chaenomeles
Pin Yin
renshen, baizhu, fuling, huangqi, shanyao, baibiandou, lianzi, ganjiang, danggui, gancao, chenpi, muxiang, banxia, houpo, liangjiang, shengma, sharen, mugua