S H E N . C H U . 16

General Activities
disperse stagnant food, resolve moisture and phlegm

Sample Indications for Use
indigestion, tiredness after eating, phlegm congestion, abdominal bloating, nausea

To Personalise, Add
Alisma 16 for obese constitution
Ginseng 18 for weak digestion with accumulation of undigested food or phlegm
Diagnostic Tablets for fatigue due to stagnation
Pinellia 16 for phlegm accumulation related to diet
Bupleurum S for food stagnation accompanied by abdominal pain
Arisaema 10 for phlegm-damp accumulation due to food stagnation.

This formula may be used for individual bouts of digestive disturbance or for a course of therapy of several weeks or months to treat chronic digestive problems.

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are powdered and formed into 700 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 and 250 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Shen chu 16 is designed for treating food stagnation, a result of weak stomach function and/or overeating. It is related to several patent remedies, such as Pill Curing, Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Pian (see Pine Mountain) and Zi Sheng Wan. These formulas provide herbs that are classified as digestive aids, such as shen chu, crataegus, malt, and raphanus, with herbs to disperse the stagnation of qi and moisture (eg cardamom, saussurea, and magnolia bark) and accumulation of phlegm (eg pinellia and citrus). A Chinese concept is that the stagnated, inadequately-digested food causes, in addition to discomfort and bloating, the production of unhealthy phlegm that can then clog the body and cause or worsen various diseases. Shen chu 16 can be taken after a meal that seems to be difficult to digest, or it can be taken regularly for a course of therapy to overcome the tendency to have problems with food digestion. This formula differs from those aimed at treating chronic weak digestion where absorption of nutrients is a problem. For example, Ginseng 18 and Lotus 9 include more tonification for the spleen, which is in charge of absorbing and distributing the nutrients. The formula has applications similar to Gallus-Malt Tablets; gallus is also used to stimulate appetite and digestion if taken before meals. The ingredients of Bupleurum S, addresses the stagnation of qi circulation affecting the stomach, but not the food accumulation disorder. Shen chu is made by fermenting wheat with the residual material from several herbs that were first extracted with hot water; it has properties similar to ching hao, one of its ingredients, which promotes digestion and clears deficiency heat.

Shen chu, Crataegus, Hoelen, Pogostemon, Malt, Magnolia bark, Saussurea, Citrus, Pinellia, Codonopsis, Atractylodes, Cardamon, Ginger, Raphanus, Licorice, Platycodon
Pin Yin
shenqu, shanzha, fuling, huoxiang, maiya, houpo, muxiang, chenpi, banxia, dangshen, baizhu, sharen, ganjiang, laifuzi, gancao, jiegeng