Formerly Akebia Moist Heat. Akebia (mu tong) promotes urination and drains heat; it has a diuretic effect in laboratory experiments. It is traditionally used with plantago seed (che qian zi) for edema and painful urination. Pyrrosia (shi wei) clears damp heat and stops bleeding. Dianthus (qu mai), unblocks painful urination, and is traditionally used for bloody urination. Lygodium spore (hai jin shu) is traditionally used for stones in the urine. Gardenia (zhi zi) is one of the premier heat clearing herbs in the Materia Medica; it also treats irritability, restlessness, and insomnia. Soft rush pith (deng xin cao) promotes urination and removes dampness. Talcum (hua shi) promotes urination and drains heat from the bladder, and is traditionally used for burning, painful, dark, or scanty urination. Licorice root (gan cao) is included for its harmonizing and detoxification actions. Vladimiria souliei (mu xiang) was added by ancient herbalist Zhu Dan Xi, to strengthen the transforming function of the bladder meridian. Wine steamed rhubarb (zhi da huang), removes heat through the stool; wine steaming improves its blood circulating properties.
Cranberry fruit* (man yue mei), Corn silk (yu mi xi), Indian Plantain seed husk (che qian zi), Uva-Ursi leaf* (xiong guo), Japanese Knotwood root (hu zhang), Garlic bulb* (da suan), Achyranthes root* (niu xi), Gardenia fruit* (zhi zi), Dandelion root* (pu gong ying), Magnesium (as magnesium oxide), Licorice root* (gan cao), Costus root*(mu xiang), Chinese Rhubarb rhizome* (zhi da huang); *extract
For more than a decade, Health Concerns has been in the forefront of research in herbal medicine, and was the first company to manufacture herbal products in the United States for practitioners. Its founder, Andrew Gaeddert, is an herbalist, lecturer, author of numerous books on herbal medicine, and committed to improving community health. He assisted in the development of clinical trials with HIV patients in 1992, and has been on the protocol team of a study to investigate the effects of Chinese herbs on chronic diarrhea, and an anemia study sponsored by the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine.
Health Concerns formulas are created on the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern biochemistry and developed by experienced practitioners such as Mr. Gaeddert, Dr. Fong, and Misha Cohen. They are targeted to treat specific disorders, and manufactured under strict quality control. All are continually tested to ensure optimum effectiveness, potency, and maximum bioavailability.