60 capsules x 4500mg. from Blue Poppy Originals
Indications: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, chronic, enduring impediment pain...
Applications in Traditional Chinese Medicine:
TCM pattern: wind, cold, damp evils and blood stasis having entered the network vessels.
Classical antecedent: Bi Tong Ling Tang
CHINESE CLINICAL RESEARCH:
In a trial involving 306 patients suffering from wind, cold, damp impediment pain, 81.4% were cured after a course of treatment with this formula and 14.4% registered at least some improvement. This resulting in a total amelioration rate of 95.8%.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF WIND, COLD, DAMP IMPEDIMENT:
Muscle- joint pain which is relatively fixed in location and persists for a long time
May worsen with exposure to dampness and cold
Affected area may feel heavy and encumbered
Typically feels better with warmth
May be accompanied by swelling
Is not accompanied by redness or palpable heat
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF BLOOD STASIS ENTERING THE NETWORK VESSELS:
Fixed pain Pressure pain
Enduring pain Pain which is worse at night
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF LIVER DEPRESSION QI STAGNATION:
A bowstring pulse
Arthritis typically corresponds to impediment conditions (bi zheng) in Chinese medicine. According to the Nei Jing (Inner Classic): “ [When] the three qi of wind, cold, and dampness combine, they result in impediment.” However, Ye Tian-shi has also said that, “Enduring diseases enter the network vessels,” meaning that enduring diseases are usually complicated by blood stasis in the network vessel. While Yan De-xin has pointed out that, if there is chronic disease, there is liver depression whether that depression was part of the original cause of that disease. This is based on the fact that unfulfilled desires is the main cause of liver depression and a sick person has to have many unfulfilled desires. Therefore, unlike many impediment pain formulas, this formula not only dispels wind, eliminates dampness, and scatters cold, but also quickens the blood and frees the flow of the network vessels as well as courses the liver and rectifies the qi. Within it, Qiang Huo and Gui Zhi warm yang and free the flow of the vessels, scatter cold and diffuse impediment. Qin Jiao and Fang Ji dispel wind and eliminate dampness, relax the sinews and free the flow of the network vessels. Cang Zhu and Yi Yi Ren eliminate dampness by a combination of seeping and drying as well as free the flow of the network vessels. Dang Gui, Hong Hua, and Tao Ren quicken the blood and dispel stasis. Di Long, Mo Yao, and Ru Xiang quicken the blood, free the flow of the network vessels, and powerfully stop pain. Su Gen, Wu Yao, and Xiang Fu course the liver and rectify the qi. In particular, when Su Gen is combined with Xiang Fu, these two medicinals harmonize the liver and spleen. Additionally, Yi Yi Ren fortifies the spleen, Dang Gui nourishes the blood, and Wu Yao warms the kidneys. Niu Xi supplements the liver and kidneys and strengthens the sinews and bones, while Mu Gua transforms dampness and relieves cramping. According to Bensky et al., this medicinal is especially useful for a liver-spleen disharmony resulting in problems in the lower extremities. And finally, Gan Cao harmonizes all the other ingredients in the formula.
Yi Yi Ren (Semen Coicis)
Qiang Huo (Radix Et Rhizoma Notopterygii)
Niu Xi (Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae)
Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis)
Mu Gua (Fructus Chaenomelis)
Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi)
Wu Yao (Radix Linderae)
Han Fang Ji (Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae)
Qin Jiao (Radix Gentianae Macrophyllae)
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Ru Xiang (Olibanum)
Mo Yao (Myrrha)
Tao Ren (Semen Persicae)
Hong Hua (Flos Carthami)
Di Long (Pheretima)
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi)
Su Geng (Caulis Perillae)
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
2 capsules, 2 times a day
60 capsules x 4500mg. (500mg. x 9:1 concentration ratio)
Note: All Blue Poppy brand products come with the manufacturing date marked (MFG or Manuf. Date), the expiration date is 5 years from the date indicated on the bottom or side of the packaging.