This is an empirical formula based on Dr. Fung's 60 years of clinical experience.
Exposure to cold, wind, or dampness is a common occurrence, and can take place during sudden changes in weather or while participating in everyday outdoor activities. In other cases, exposure can result from being in a damp indoor environment for extended periods. In Chinese medicine, exposure to the excesses of cold, wind, or dampness leads to the initial symptoms of cough, runny nose, headache, fatigue, joint pain, and fever and chills. If not treated promptly, the cold, wind, or dampness accumulates, causing blood stasis, thus leading to more serious conditions, such as arthritis.
The overall goal of this formula is to remove blood stasis so that the accumulated excess(es) are resolved. The herbs that invigorate the blood are tang kuei (dang gui), spatholobus (ji xue teng), and ardisia gigantifolia (zou ma tai). Loranthus (sang ji sheng), expels wind-dampness and tonifies the liver and kidney yin. Kirin ginseng (ji lin shen) tonifies the basal qi, and strengthens the spleen and tonifies the stomach, and helps alleviate fatigue. Chaenomelis (mu gua) relaxes the sinews, unblocks the channels, harmonizes the stomach and transforms dampness. Cistanche salsa (rou cong rong) tonifies the kidney and strengthens the yang, and moistens the intestines and facilitates the passage of stools. Cinnamon twig (gui zhi) adjusts the nutritive and protective qi levels and warms the channels and disperses cold. Chiang-huo (qiang huo) releases the exterior and disperses cold. Ardisia and angelica (du-huo) dispel wind-dampness. Tienchi (san qi) transforms blood stasis and reduces swelling and pain. Rehmannia (shu di huang) tonifies the blood and nourishes the yin. Ginger extract (gan jiang) disperses cold and has been clinically shown to relieve arthritis pain and reduce stiffness. Achyranthes (niu xi) invigorates the blood, and strengthens the sinews and bones so that low back and knee pain is alleviated. Ho-shou-wu tonifies the liver and kidney and strengthens the low back and knees. Tinospora (shen jin teng) relaxes the sinews and activates the collaterals, and clears heat and drains dampness.
Kirin Ginseng root (ji lin shen), Cinnamon twig (gui zhi), Rehmannia (cooked) root (shu di huang), Ho-shou-wu root (he shou wu), Loranthus stem (sang ji sheng), Tang Kuei root (dang gui), Cistanche salsa herb (rou cong rong), Ardisia gigantifolia root (zou ma tai), Chiang-huo rhizome (qiang huo), Angelica pubescens root (du huo), Tienchi root (san qi), Spatholobus stem (ji xue teng), Tinospora root (shen jin teng), Chaenomelis fruit (mu gua), Achyranthes root (niu xi), Ginger root: 5% gingerols (gan jiang)
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