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clear deficiency heat, clean toxin, dry dampness, astringe drainage
Sample Indications for Use
intestinal infections, diverticulitis, colitis, menopausal hot flashes
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Ginseng 18 or Lotus 9 for weak spleen qi and tendency to have diarrhea
Atractylodes Tablets for ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease, or diverticulosis
Coptis/Evodia Tablets for acute intestinal infection, such as dysentery
Patrinia 7 or Coix Tablets for diverticulitIs and intestinal carbuncle
This formula may be used in high dosage for a short period (up to 10 days) to treat an acute infection, or for long-term therapy (several months) for chronic infection.
Crude herbs are powdered and formed into 700 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 and 250 tablets.
Picrorrhiza 11 was designed for treating a wide range of intestinal infections and inflammatory conditions and for alleviating deficiency heat as occurs with menopause. It is based on the famous dysentery formula, Anemone Combination (Baitouweng Tang), that includes pulsatilla (also known as Chinese anemone), phellodendron, fraxinus, and coptis. Coptis has been substituted here by picrorrhiza (known as foreign coptis, because it was imported from India). This herb has anti-infection properties similar to coptis, but is less likely to cause side effects (nausea, diarrhea) when used for a long term of therapy. Picrorrhiza is used in India to treat a wide range of intestinal parasites and infections and also to treat hepatitis and diabetes (see Herbs from India, Varunal and Karnim). The astringents, pomegranate rind and terminallia, contribute both to halting infection and protecting the intestinal wall from damage and bleeding; they also astringe sweating. Stellaria and ilex leaf are used as tonics, suitable for addressing yin deficiency heat without exacerbating dampness. Chronic intestinal infections are classified as damp-heat syndromes, but when clearing the dampness, an underlying yin deficiency may show its symptoms, which can then cause the deficiency fire to flare up; for this reason, stellaria and ilex leaf are appropriate. The formula can be used for an extended period to treat chronic intestinal disorders, including those ascribed to candida, and it can be used to treat the yin deficiency hot flashes of menopause. See Propol-Gold (White Tiger) for a similar method of treating intestinal infections (the two formulas may be used together), suited for short-term therapy.
Picrorrhiza, Stellaria, Pulsatilla, Phellodendron, Fraxinus, Plantago leaf, Ilex leaf, Lonicera, Saussurea, Pomegranate rind, Terminalia
huhuanglian, yinchaihu, baitouweng, huangbai, qinpi, cheqiancao, kudingcha, jinyinhua, muxiang, shiliupi, hezi