P E O N Y . 9

General Activities
regulates qi, dries dampness

Sample Indications for Use
irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion

To Personalise, Add
Shen Chu 16 or Gallus-Malt Tablets for nausea, indigestion, and diarrhea
Ginseng 18 or Lotus 9 for spleen qi deficiency and diarrhea
Atractylodes Tablets, Picrorrhiza 11, Stemona Tablets or Coix Tablets for intestinal inflammation
Bupleurum S for stomach or abdominal pain
Tang Kuei Tablets for digestive disturbance and anaemia

This formula is intended for a course of therapy of about three months to rectify a chronic digestive system disorder. This course may need to be repeated.

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are extracted by hot water and spray dried, then formed into 700 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Peony 9 is based on the traditional Atractylodes and Peony Formula (Baizhu Shaoyao San) that was applied for a syndrome similar to what is currently known as irritable bowel syndrome. The basis of this prescription is regulating the flow of qi, with peony used to relax the liver, and with siler, saussurea, and citrus to aid qi circulation. This is an application of siler that is different from its usual use for dispelling wind; it has a function similar to that of bupleurum (and is in the same plant family), but is considered somewhat milder in action. Codonopsis, atractylodes, and licorice improve the functions of the stomach and spleen and help build up the qi. Pogostemon opens the stomach and alleviates reactions to foods (see Gallus-Malt Tablets and Ho Xiang Zheng Qi Pian, Pine Mountain). From the modern viewpoint, citrus, pogostemon, and peony also serve the function of inhibiting excessive intestinal peristalsis that give rise to symptoms of intestinal cramping and diarrhea. Nutmeg warms and astringes the intestines, alleviating gas, cramping, and diarrhea. By taking a high dose of the formula (eg, 5-6 tablets at one time), distress that follows a particular meal or emotional situation may be settled, alleviating the bowel reaction. However, it is by regular ingestion of the formula at more moderate dosage, over a period of many weeks, that the digestive responses can be expected to normalise. It may also be necessary to alter the dietary components or cooking style, eat more slowly and attempt to eat in a relaxed atmosphere.

Peony, Citrus, Atractyldes, Siler, Codonopsis, Pogostemon, Saussurea, Nutmeg, Licorice
Pin Yin
baishao, chenpi, baizhu, fangfeng, dangshen, huoxiang, muxiang, roudoukou, gancao