T R I C H O S A N T H E S . F R U I T . T A B L E T S

General Activities
resolve hot phlegm

Sample Indications for Use
coloured mucus, thick sputum chest congestion

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Belamcanda 15 for respiratory tract infection
Stemona Tablets or Pinellia 16 for lung infection with severe coughing
Platycodon 14 or Forsythia 18 for sinus infection
Tremella 14, Lily 14, Pseudostellaria 9, or Cordyceps 9 for chronic bronchitis with dry cough or thick sputum
Ginseng 6 for weakness associated with prolonged respiratory illness
Astragalus 16 for night sweating or spontaneous perspiration associated with lung disease

This formula is intended for a short treatment of a few days until the symptom is alleviated.

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

Explanatory Notes
Trichosanthes Fruit Tablets is based on Beimu Gualou San (Fritillaria & Trichosanthes Fruit Powder), used to treat yellow phlegm, viscous sputum, or dry cough. This symptom pattern usually arises with infections, but may persist even after an infection has been effectively treated. The traditional formula utilises fritillaria (chua beimu), trichosanthes fruit, citrus, and platycodon, four herbs for resolving phlegm accumulation, along with hoelen and trichosanthes root (which have not been included here). These latter two herbs are substituted by scute, polygala, and licorice: scute is included to alleviate lung heat, polygala to help resolve phlegm, and licorice to act as a soothing anti-inflammatory. These herbs also provide a mild sedative quality to calm the agitation caused by chronic coughing. This formula differs from Belamcanda 15 and Stemona Tablets, which contain a larger proportion of herbs to treat the infection (clean toxin), with a relatively low proportion of herbs to resolve phlegm. As such, these other formulas may be more suitable for the initial treatment of the disease, to eliminate the infectious agent, while Trichosanthes Fruit Tablets may be used along with them or later, to resolve phlegm and treat persisting mucus disorder. This formula is also suitable for treating rhinitis and sinusitis which is of the phlegm-heat type. A contrasting formula is Blue Earth Dragon, which is intended for treatment of watery mucus discharge (usually clear rather than coloured yellow) associated with a wind-cold disorder.

Trichosanthes fruit, Fritillaria, Platycodon, Scute, Polygala, Citrus, Licorice
Pin Yin
gualou, chuanbeimu, jiegeng, huangqin, yuanzhi, chenpi, gancao