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General Activities
dispel wind, relieve inflammation, alleviate pain

Sample Indications for Use
sinus congestion, ear infection, headache, skin eruptions

To Personalise, Add
Xanthium 12 for sinusitis related to allergy
Angelica 14 for headache due to wind-cold invasion
Trichosanthes Fruit Tablets for coloured sinus discharge
Forsythia 18 for skin eruptions and oral sores
Lapis 16 for earaches and influenza
Anemarrhena Tablets for accompanying fire syndrome

This formula is intended for intermittent use, for a few days at a time, a few weeks at most, when symptoms are present. Other formulas might be used to prevent recurrence of the disorder.

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are powdered, extract of platycodon and schizonepeta is added, and the mixture is formed into 750 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Platycodon 14 is modelled after the ancient Magnolia Flower Formula (Xinyi San) for treating sinusitis (magnolia flower, cimicifuga, angelica, schizonepeta, angelica, platycodon, and licorice), and the modern formula Siler & Coix Combination (with cimicifuga, forsythia, schizonepeta, angelica, platycodon, and licorice) for treating acne, conjunctivitis, otitis media, and other infections of the head. The primary therapeutic focus of the formula is infections and congestion that occur mainly in the head, including sinus, ear, tooth (actually, the nerve root of the tooth), throat, and skin. Most of the herbs in this prescription are highly aromatic and have potent anti-congestive effects and antiseptic action. The ingredients can penetrate blocked areas and inhibit bacteria and inflammation. Platycodon and cimicifuga are used by Chinese herbalists to direct the action of the herbs to the upper body; they are also anti-inflammatory. The unique aspect of this formulation is the inclusion of less commonly-used aromatic herbs kaempheria (a rich source of camphor) and murraya (rich in aromatic oils; the Chinese name, jiulixiang, means that the fragrance spreads for nine li - about 3 miles) and the anti-inflammatory herbs eriocaulon and oroxylum. The ingredients of this new formula were selected to bring together those that regulate the circulation of qi, remove congestion, reduce inflammation, enhance healing, and alleviate pain. Because of the strong action of the active constituents, the formula is not recommended to be used for a long period continuously. After the condition is basically relieved, constitutional formulas, such as Forsythia 18, may be used as a follow-up. For sinus congestion, see also Bi Yan Pian (Pine Mountain) and Xanthium 12.


Ingredients
English
Platycodon (ext), Kaempheria, Magnolia flower, Cimicifuga, Eriocaulon, Oroxylum, Murraya, Piper, Helicteres, Angelica, Schizonepeta (ext), Forsythia, Licorice, Borneol
Pin Yin
jiegeng, shannai, xinyi, shengma, gujingcao, muhudie, jiulixiang, bibo, shanzhima, baizhi, jingjie, lianqiao, gancao, bingpian