V I T A L I T Y . T A B L E T S

General Activities
invigorates qi, vitalises blood, drains fluid accumulation

Sample Indications for Use
coronary heart diseases, early stage congestive heart failure, brain dysfunction due to poor circulation

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Salvia Shou Wu for cardiovascular disorders characterised by blood stasis
Upper Palace Tablets for chest pain
San Qi 17 for severe blood stasis
Ginseng 6 for qi and yin deficiency
Alisma 16 or Ginseng 18 for edema.

This formula may be used for several weeks or months to improve cardiovascular health. 6-12 tablets per day will provide the amounts of ginseng commonly recommended in China.

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are powdered and formed into 700 mg tablets. Ginseng is red ginseng from China. Bottling of 100 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Vitality Tablets were designed with reference to Zhenwu Tang, commonly called Vitality Combination, and named after the “god who controls water”, Zhenwu; the characters translate as true warrior (another common name given to the formula). The basic concept is to enhance the heart qi to circulate water. When the heart becomes severely weakened, as in congestive heart failure, water sinks down to the legs; in less severe forms, there can be puffiness of the body and a sense of heaviness or numbness due to water accumulation and blood stagnation. In modern Chinese clinical practice, most problems involving the heart are treated with substantial doses of ginseng (or the combination of ginseng and san chi). Herbs that promote blood circulation, such as cnidium, carthamus, and red peony, are frequently included. Cinnamon twig with ginseng warms the heart yang; in the original Zhenwu Tang, aconite was used instead, but this ingredient is more worrisome in the context of modern medicine, where patients are likely to be taking several drugs. To avoid such concern, herbs with alkaloid components as key active ingredients are not included (cnidium contains a small amount of ligustrazine, safely used with modern drug therapies in China). The blood vitalising component is kept relatively small, with effective herbs of mild nature that can be used regularly (little chance of interaction with drugs, though ginseng is a concern when used at higher doses). Hoelen with atractylodes (from the original Zhenwu formulation) will help drain any accumulated fluids and aid qi tonification. For additional cardiac support, see Cartaequin (White Tiger).

Ginseng, San chi, Cinnamon, Hoelen, Atractylodes, Red peony, Cnidium, Carthamus
Pin Yin
renshen, sanqi, guizhi, fuling, baizhu, chisaho, chuanxiong, honghua