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This formula is for the treatment of obesity due to of spleen qi vacuity with dampness and turbidity as well as qi stagnation and blood stasis.
Because the qi moves water fluids, qi stagnation can lead to phlegm dampness. Vice versa, phlegm and dampness can obstruct the flow of qi, thus impeding the liver’s control over coursing and discharge. Liver depression and spleen vacuity go hand in hand. Where there is one, there is the other. Thus it is said, “Liver disease is spleen disease.” In addition, qi stagnation and phlegm dampness also engender blood stasis, which then further compounds both qi stagnation and phlegm dampness. While most practitioners know that, “The spleen is the root of phlegm engenderment,” many do not give enough importance to qi stagnation and blood stasis in the disease mechanisms and treatment of obesity.
It is a statement of fact within Chinese medicine that, “Fat people [have] lots of phlegm and dampness.” In fact, fat is nothing other than phlegm, dampness, and turbidity in Chinese medicine. It is also a statement of fact within Chinese medicine that, “The spleen is the root of phlegm engenderment.” Basically, phlegm is nothing other than water fluids which have collected and transformed into dampness, and, if dampness endures, it congeals into phlegm. Because the spleen is averse to dampness, whether spleen vacuity lead to the engenderment of dampness, once formed, dampness leads to spleen vacuity. This means that the overwhelming majority of persons struggling with overweight present with a combination of spleen vacuity and phlegm dampness. Within this formula, Dang Shen (Radix Codonopsitis) and Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) fortify the spleen and transform dampness. If the spleen becomes vacuous and weak, it will fail to command the movement and transportation of water and grains, or foods and liquids. In that case, stagnant food will be produced which, on the one hand, adds to the engenderment of turbidity and, on the other, further damages the spleen by inhibiting the upbearing of the clear of the qi mechanism. Within this formula, Mai Ya (Fructus Germinatus Hordei) and Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi) disperse food and abduct stagnation. In addition, He Ye (Folium Nelumbinis) upbears the clear and arouses the spleen, thus not only helping to eliminate stagnant food but also helping to fortify and boost the spleen qi. He Ye is also able to dispel phlegm and dampness. Because phlegm dampness and stagnant food are both yin depressions, they obstruct the free flow of the qi. Therefore, whether or not the qi was stagnant and the liver was depressed before the accumulation of phlegm, dampness, food, and turbidity, there will be liver depression qi stagnation after these yin evils are engendered. In point of fact, it is commonly preexisting liver depression which leads to both the spleen vacuity and accumulation of phlegm dampness characteristic of aging. Tu Bei Chong (Eupolyphaga/ Steleophaga) is in the formula because many persons who are habitually overweight also have blood stasis. This is because the qi moves the blood and blood and fluids move together. Thus phlegm and dampness obstruct the movement and free flow of the blood as well as the qi which moves the blood. Tu Bei Chong quickens the blood and dispels stasis. He Shou Wu (Radix Polygoni Multiflori) is in the formula because it supplements and boost the liver and kidneys. By nourishing liver blood, it helps promote the liver’s control of the coursing and discharge of the qi. By supplementing the kidney essence, it promotes the interdependence of the former and latter heavens. And finally, Wu Long Cha (Oolong tea, Chinese fermented tea) is in the formula because it arouses the spleen, transforms phlegm, abducts stagnation, and disinhibits dampness.
THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SPLEEN QI VACUITY INCLUDE
- Fatigue, especially after meals
- Abdominal distention after meals
- Lack of strength
- Orthostatic hypotension (dizziness standing up)
- Easy bruising
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DAMPNESS AND TURBIDITY INCLUDE
- Slimy tongue fur
- Water retention
- Slippery pulse
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF QI STAGNATION AND BLOOD STASIS INCLUDE
- Emotional frustration
- Enduring disease
Wu Long Cha (Folium Praeparatum Camelliae Theae) 150 mg
He Shou Wu (Radix Polygoni Multiflori) 75 mg
Mai Ya (Fructus Germinatus Hordei) 50 mg
Dang Shen (Radix Codonopsis) 50 mg
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) 50 mg
He Ye (Folium Nelumbinis) 50 mg
Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi) 50 mg
Tu Bei Chong (Eupolyphaga/Steleophaga) 25 mg
Take 2 capsules 3 times per day or follow your health care practitioner's instructions.
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