Z I Z Y P H U S 1 8 . T A B L E T S

General Activities
nourish heart and kidney, sedate shen

Sample Indications for Use
insomnia, emotional instability, heart palpitations, excessive sweating, dry skin, poor memory

To Personalise, Add
Ardisia 16 for restlessness, insomnia, and drug withdrawal symptoms
Albizzia 9 or Cyperus 18 for depression with insomnia
Fu Shen 16 for agitation of heart fire
Salvia/Amber Tablets for panic attacks
Nuphar 14 for insomnia with premenstrual syndrome
Restorative Tablets for restlessness with menopause
Lotus 9 for agitation and insomnia accompanied by weak digestion

This formula is suitable for long-term use. A higher dosage may be taken before bedtime to help overcome insomnia.

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

Explanatory Notes
Zizyphus 18 is based primarily on two formulas that have been widely used in the form of patent remedies from China: Tianwang Buxin Dan (Ginseng & Zizyphus Formula; with a high dose of rehmannia) and Bunao Wan (Cerebral Tonic Pills; with a high dose of schizandra; see Pine Mountain for both these formulas). The objective of Zizyphus 18 is to nourish the kidney, liver, spleen, and heart so as to aid the resting of the spirit at night and at times of stress. The heart tonic herbs zizyphus, biota, albizzia, ophiopogon, and polygala are commonly used in cases of spirit agitation or heart palpitations that are due to a deficiency syndrome. These herbs are supported here by other tonics that nourish the kidney/liver (cuscuta, cistanche, rehmannia, lycium fruit) and the spleen (ginseng, astragalus, hoelen, dioscorea, lotus seed). It is considered important to distinguish between mental agitation that is associated with deficiency, as treated by this formula, versus that which occurs as the result of excess, which would be treated by other means (examples are Fu Shen 16, Ardisia 16). Deficiency syndromes often require a prolonged period of therapy, so Zizyphus 18 might be taken over a period of several months. However, one can often gain a degree of immediate response by taking a higher dose of tablets (up to 6 at one dose) at the time of need, such as before going to bed, in order to alleviate insomnia that night (alternatively or additionally try Melakava (prescription only) or Nardova; see White Tiger).

Zizyphus, Schizandra, Biota, Albizzia, Tang kuei, Ophiopogon, Polygala, Lycium fruit, Cuscuta, Cistanche, rehmannia, Lotus seed, Ginseng, Astragalus, Hoelen, Arisaema, Dioscorea, Acorus
Pin Yin
suanzaoren, wuweizi, baiziren, hehuanpi, danggui, maimendong, yuanzhi, gouqizi, tusizi, roucongrong, shudi, lianzi, renshen, huangqi, fuling, tiannanxing, shanyao, shichangpu