P S E U D O S T E L L A R I A . 9

General Activities
tonify qi, nourish yin

Sample Indications for Use
Sjogren’s syndrome, dry cough, dry throat, tonsillitis

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Anemarrhena Tablets for hot and dry conditions
Astragalus 16 for persistent dry cough
Lily 14 for dry throat
Restorative Tablets or Haliotis 10 for hot flashes and sweating with thirst
Ginseng 6 for qi and yin deficiency following prolonged illness
Pinellia 16 for lung disorder with sticky, clear phlegm

This formula may be taken for several weeks in treatment of Sjogren’s syndrome or other disorders producing dry symptoms; the dosage may need to be high (eg 6 tablets each time)

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are powdered and formed into 750 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Pseudostellaria 9 is based on traditional and modern Chinese treatments for qi and yin deficiency manifesting as persistent dry symptoms. Pseudostellaria is frequently mentioned in modern Chinese medical literature; it is commonly referred to by Westerners as “prince ginseng” because it was used in China as a cheap substitute for ordinary ginseng, serving as a qi tonic. However, it is currently considered superior to ginseng for use in formulas treating disorders characterised by yin deficiency (see Ginseng 6). While many yin nourishing formulas are deemed hard on the digestive system, pseudostellaria is useful for weak stomach and spleen, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. When combined with hoelen and baked licorice, there is a distinct action on promoting the generation of qi. The combination of ophiopogon and asparagus (main ingredients of Erdong Tang; the two “dong” herbs; maimendong and tianmendong) is used to treat chronic thirst; scrophularia, ophiopogon, and rehmannia (main ingredients of Zhengye Tang; decoction to increase fluids) are used for diseases which cause dryness, especially when the yangming (stomach) channel is affected; adenophora and glehnia are used in the treatment of dry throat and dry cough. Pseudostellaria 9 is similar to Sishen Fang (the formula of four shen, referring to pseudostellaria, scrophularia, adenophora, and glehnia) developed for Sjogren’s syndrome. This new formula, used alone or in combination with other tonic prescriptions, is intended for treatment of persisting dry symptoms. See also: Rehmania 16.

Pseudostellaria, Ophiopogon, Asparagus, Scrophularia, Rehmannia, Hoelen, Adenophora, Glehnia, Licorice
Pin Yin
taizishen, maimendong, tianmendong, xuanshen, shengdi, fuling, nanshashen, beishashen, zhigancao