L Y S I M A C H I A . 3

General Activities
resolve damp heat, remove accumulation

Sample Indications for Use
stones of gallbladder or kidney, digestive disorders with fullness

To Personalise, Add
Zhu Dan Tablets for gallstones
Pyrrosia 14 for kidney stones
Corydalis 5 for pain associated with stones
Shen Chu 16 for fullness and distention after eating
Alisma 16 for ascites
Bupleurum/Gardenia Tablets for liver disorder with damp-heat

This formula is intended to be used in high dosage (eg 6 tablets for each time) for a short course of therapy, a few weeks, to treat stones and gravel; it can be used at lower dosage (eg 2-3 tablets each time) as a preventive for formation of new stones.

Manufacturing Specifications
Extract of lysimachia is combined with powdered lygodium and gallus and formed into 750 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Lysimachia 3 is based on a traditional prescription (Sanjin Tang, the three golds decoction, referring to jinqiancao, haijinsha, and jineijin) for preventing, reducing, and eliminating stones. Lysimachia, the common name for jinqiancao, refers to several genera of herbs that are reputed to have this stone-resolving effect, including Lysimachia, Glechoma, and Desmodium (the latter is used here). Lygodium spore is a very slippery material which, like talc (the slippery stone) is thought to make stones and gravel also slippery (preventing new material from binding onto its surface, thus slipping out more easily). Gallus (chicken gizzard lining) is used both as a digestive aid and to resolve masses (see Gallus-Malt Tablets). To make the formula specific for stones in different parts of the body, one combines it with a second formula that affects that part of the body. The traditional Sanjin Tang also includes three diuretic herbs (pyrrosia, abutilon, and dianthus; all of these are in Pyrrosia 14), which makes the formula more suitable for kidney stones. However, Lysimachia 3 focuses on the stone resolving trio, allowing the practitioner to adjust the treatment to the site of stones or to use it for treating other masses. For example, it is possible that the formula can be applied to help treat salivary gland stones by combining with a formula for upper body stasis, such as Upper Palace Tablets. Lysimachia 3 and other Chinese herbal therapies for stones are best applied to stones that have not fully calcified; cholesterol-based stones (as found in the gallbladder) are particularly susceptible to the action of these herbs.

Lysimachia, Lygodium spore, Gallus
Pin Yin
jinqiancao, haijinsha, jieijin