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General Activities
invigorate meridians and vessels, vitalise blood, dispel wind-damp

Sample Indications for Use
back pain, disc problems (inflammation, extrusion), bone hyperplasia, arthralgia affecting hips and/or spine, sciatica

To Personalise, Add
Eucommia18 for lumbago and leg pain associated with yang deficiency
Chiang Huo 13 or Acanthopanax 10 for lumbago, sciatica, and leg pain associated with wind-damp
Myrrh Tablets for severe arthritis inflammation
San Qi 17 for back or joint problems caused by injury or surgery
Pueraria 10 for cervical damage

This formula is intended for a course of therapy lasting a few weeks or few months; afterward, a tonic preparation (eg Eucommia 18) would probably be more suitable for long-term therapy.

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

Explanatory Notes
Liquidambar 15 was originally designed as a replacement for a popular modern patent remedy, Kang Gu Zengsheng Pian. That formula is indicated for spinal problems, including multiplicative spondylitis and disc inflammation or damage (which can result in sciatica). Unfortunately, it contains many unlisted ingredients and the labelled ingredients include damao (large cat; the bone is used as a substitute for tiger bone); also, several practitioners complained that it was too warming. Liquidambar 15 was devised with reference to other patents that were also applicable to spinal disorders (eg Duzhong Hugu Wan, Eucommia Tiger Bone Pills; used for back pain, lumbago, and stiff joints), as well as modern Chinese formulas reported in medical journals as useful for the same purpose. The formula is mainly comprised of blood vitalising herbs (liquidambar, myrrh, carthamus, persica, achyranthes), with herbs that are anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pyrola, geranium, pterospermum, photinia, morus twig, chuan-shan-long; these dispel wind-damp). The formula includes the yang tonic cistanche and the yin nourishing loranthus and rehmannia. Although the original patent was developed for spinal problems, this formula is also useful for arthralgia and other inflammatory disorders affecting bones and joints. For lumbago and sciatica, see also Yao Tong Pian (Pine Mountain). For spinal disk degeneration or other problems related to fluid damage in the joint spaces, see Boswellamine (White Tiger).

Liquidambar, Pyrola, Geranium, Cibotium, Pterospermum, Photinia, Kadsura, Morus twig, Loranthus, Chuan shan long, Rehmannia, Myrrh, Carthamus, Persica, Achyranthes
Pin Yin
lulutong, luticao, laoguancao, gouji, banfenghe, shinanteng, heilouhu, snagzhi, sangjisheng, chuanshanlong, shudi, moyao, honghua, taoren, niuxi