Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang
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Quickens the blood and dispels stasis, courses the liver and frees the flow of the channels
Blood stasis resulting in chest impediment manifesting as various cardiovascular disorders, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), angina pectoris, and rheumatic heart disease, chondrocostritis, external injury to the chest, and various psychiatric disorders, such as mood disorders, sleep disorders, postconcussion syndrome, etc.
Within this formula, Tao Ren (Semen Persicae), Hong Hua (Flos Carthami), and Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) are the sovereigns for quickening the blood and dispelling stasis in the upper burner. Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) and Chi Shao (Radix Rubra Paeoniae) are two of the ministers which quicken the blood and dispel stasis from the lower part of the body, while Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathulae) is the third minister which leads the blood to move downward and thus not become static in the chest. Sheng Di (uncooked Radix Rehmanniae) is a blood quickening and movement assistant which, when combined with Dang Gui, also prevents damage to the righteous. This is because both Dang Gui and Sheng Di both supplement as well as drain. Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri), Jie Geng (Radix Platycodi), and Zhi Ke (Fructus Aurantii) are the qirectifying assistants which course the liver and upbear clear yang to the region of the chest to better stir or move the blood. The guide or messenger medicinal is Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) which regulates and harmonizes all the other medicinals in the formula.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF BLOOD STASIS IN THE CHEST INCLUDE:
- Engorged, tortuous sublingual veins
- Severe, fixed, piercing chest pain
- Visible venous engorgement and varicosities
- Chest distention and oppression
- A dark, purplish tongue or static spots or macules on the tongue
- Heart palpitations
- A bowstring, choppy, deep, slow, bound, regularly intermittent, skipping, or absent pulse
Sheng Di (uncooked Radix Rehmanniae) 82 mg
Tao Ren (Semen Persicae) 66 mg
Hong Hua (Flos Carthami) 48 mg
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) 48 mg
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) 48 mg
Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubrae) 48 mg
Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathulae) 48 mg
Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri) 32 mg
Jie Geng (Radix Platycodi) 32 mg
Zhi Ke (Fructus Aurantii) 32 mg
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) 16 mg
According to Him-che Yeung in Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas, Vol. 2, the standard daily dose in decoction for this formula is 90 grams. Because of the 10:1 concentration ratio and the efficiency of our manufacturing process it would take only 13 capsules per day of Blue Poppy's version of this formula to equal the standard daily dose. The actual prescribed dose should be determined by the practitioner on a case by case basis.
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