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Free the Flow
This formula is extremely effective for the treatment of chronic, enduring constipation. However, it does not cause melanosis coli as do many harsh, attacking and precipitating medicinals and formulas. Therefore, it can be used longterm.*
This formula is for the treatment of chronic constipation due to a combination of qi, blood, yin, and yang vacuities with qi stagnation and blood stasis complicated by internal heat. This is a common complicated scenario, especially in perimenopausal women and older patients.
This is a da bu fang or greatly supplementing formula that supplements qi and yang, while nourishing the blood and enriching yin at the same time. It also clears heat from the stomach and intestines, disinhibits the qi mechanism by upbearing the clear and downbearing the turbid, and frees the flow of the stools.
Chronic constipation is typically due to a combination of disease mechanisms and is especially common in perimenopausal women and the elderly in general. In such cases, most Western patients present with qi, blood, and yang vacuities complicated by liver depression qi stagnation transforming internal heat and possible blood stasis. As we age, first the spleen becomes vacuous and weak. Since it is the latter heaven root of qi and blood engenderment and transformation, both qi and blood tend to become vacuous and insufficient. Because the clear is not upborn, the turbid is not downborne. Inhibition of the qi mechanism is then aggravated by liver depression qi stagnation. This means that there is no power to move the stools through the intestines, insufficient fluids to “float the boat,” or lack of free and uninhibited flow. Because blood and essence share a common source, blood vacuity over time may evolve into blood and yin vacuity. Because the former and latter heavens are mutually rooted, spleen qi vacuity eventually becomes complicated by kidney yang vacuity. In that case, there will also be a lack of yang to warm and transform the qi mechanism, especially in the lower burner, liver, and intestines. This further negatively affects fluid metabolism and the movement and transportation of the stools. Longterm qi stagnation, qi, blood, yin, and yang vacuity combined with nonfreely flowing stools must eventually become complicated by blood stasis. Conversely, blood stasis further complicates both qi stagnation and blood vacuity. And finally, longterm depression may transform internal heat which further consumes and damages yin, blood, and fluids. Thus a vicious circle is created which tends to be selfperpetuating.
Huang Qi (Radix Astragali) and Dang Shen (Radix Codonopsis) fortify the spleen and boost the qi.
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) and He Shou Wu (Radix Polygoni Multiflori) nourish the blood and moisten the intestines. Dang Gui also quickens the blood and transforms stasis. Rou Cong Rong (Herba Cistanchis) nourishes the blood, invigorates yang, and frees the flow of the stools. Tao Ren (Semen Persicae) quickens the blood and dispels stasis at the same time as it moistens the intestines and frees the flow of the stools. Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae) clears heat from the stomach, intestines, and livergallbladder. Niu Xi (Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae) supplements the kidneys and enriches yin, quickens the blood and moves the blood downward. Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis) seeps dampness. Thus it has a descending nature which also helps downbear turbidity, especially when combined with Niu Xi. In addition, it helps downbear any upward stirring of ministerial fire. Zhi Ke (Fructus Aurantii) moves and descends the qi, Sheng Ma (Rhizoma Cimicifugae) upbears the clear, and upbearing and downbearing are reciprocal. If the clear is upborne, the turbid can be downborne. If the turbid is downborne, the clear can be upborne. Hence Zhi Ke downbears, while Sheng Ma upbears, and the entire qi mechanism is regulated and rectified.
HE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF QI VACUITY INCLUDE
- Fatigue, especially after eating
- Dizziness when standing up
- Easy bruising
THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BLOOD VACUITY INCLUDE
- Dry stools
- Dry, falling hair
- A pale or swallow yellow complexion
- Pale, brittle nails
- Dry, scaly skin
THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF YIN VACUITY INCLUDE
- Dry mouth and throat
- Greying hair
- Matitudinal insomnia
THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF YANG VACUITY INCLUDE
- Cold hands and feet and especially feet
- Low back pain and/or upper back chill
THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF QI STAGNATION INCLUDE
- Bound stool
THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BLOOD STASIS INCLUDE
- Visible, engorged varicosities, including small
- Fixed, sharp, and/or severe pain, especially hemangiomas, spider, nevi, and hemorrhoids lower abdominal pain
- A sooty facial complexion
- A possibly choppy and/or deep pulse
- Worsening of symptoms at night
- Blood clots in the menstruate
- A purplish tongue or possible static macules or spots
THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF INTERNAL HEAT INCLUDE
- Dark colored stools
- A possible bitter taste in the mouth
- Yellow tongue fur, possibly only at the root of the
- Possible bad breath tongue
- Possible bleeding gums
- A rapid pulse
Free the Flow
Huang Qi (Radix Astragali) 82 mg
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) 69 mg
He Shou Wu (Radix Polygoni Multiflori) 55 mg
Dang Shen (Radix Codonopsis) 41 mg
Rou Cong Rong (Herba Cistanchis) 41 mg
Tao Ren (Semen Persicae) 41 mg
Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae) 41 mg
Niu Xi (Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae) 41 mg
Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis) 41 mg
Zhi Ke (Fructus Aurantii) 27 mg
Sheng Ma (Rhizoma Cimicifugae) 21 mg
Dosage: Three capsules two times per day equal not less than 30g of raw medicinals. However, because our extraction process is so much more efficient than stovetop decoction, we believe this amount of our extract is actually more like the equivalent of 45-60g of bulk-dispensed herbs.
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