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General Activities
disperse qi and blood, relieve pain

Sample Indications for Use
abdominal pain, abdominal masses, amenorrhea, post-partum disorders

To Personalise, Add
Corydalis 5 for menstrual pain (eg endometriosis)
Bupleurum S for epigastric or liver pain
Chih Ko and Curcuma for tumours and swelling of the uterus and ovaries
Tang Kuei 18 or Womans Treasure for amenorrhea
Rhubarb 17 for pelvic inflammatory disease accompanied by constipation
Alisma 16 or Diagnostic Tablets for abdominal swelling
Lower Palace Tablets for menstrual pain due to cold

This formula may be used for a standard course of therapy lasting 1-3 months, or intermittently for abdominal pains.

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

Explanatory Notes
LIndera 15 is a formula for treating stagnation of qi and blood. It differs from the bupleurum-based formulas that have a somewhat similar action in that this therapy is more warming and tonifies the kidney. Lindera is a qi regulating herb related to cinnamon (which is also in this formula): both herbs help draw the yang back to the kidney. A traditional combination of bupleurum (in place of lindera), chih-shih, cyperus, licorice, peony, and cnidium is Chaihu Shugan Tang (Bupleurum Soothe the Liver Decoction); it is used for abdominal blood stasis syndrome. Lindera 15 contains additional herbs that treat blood stasis: leonurus, persica and carthamus, moutan and red peony. The formula is used for treating sharp pain and includes corydalis (vitalises blood) and melia (regulates qi) for this purpose; these two are commonly added to traditional prescriptions when there is abdominal pain. The combination of weak kidney yang, coldness, liver qi stagnation, and blood stasis is characteristic of the consequence of emotional stress patterns in which fear/anxiety and anger/irritability dominate. Blood stasis, and its accompanying diseases and symptoms, result from the prolonged stagnation of qi. A traditional formula called Zhengqi Tianxiang San (Powder of Heavenly Fragrance to Rectify the Qi) has lindera, cyperus, and citrus as key ingredients; indications include treating “diseases of widows, monks, and nuns”. The meaning of this is that it addresses qi disturbance caused by living a life separate from the normal family life, and avoiding natural sexual interests. These indications illustrate the concept that one can alleviate with herbs some of the physical stresses that come from various habits and lifestyle choices. For cases dominated by cold and blood stasis, see Lower Palace Tablets.

Lindera, Cyperus, Melia, Chih shih, Sparganium, Corydalis, Tang kuei, Achyranthes, Red peony, Persica, Moutan, Cnidium, Cinnamon bark, Carthamus, Licorice
Pin Yin
wuyao, xiangfuzi, chuanlianzi, zhishi, sanleng, yanhusuo, danggui, niuxi, chishao, taoren, mudanpi, chuanxiong, rougui, honghua, gancao