Persica & Carthamus Four Materials Decoction
This formula comes from the Qing dynasty Yi Zong Jin Jian (Golden Mirror of Ancestral Medicine) edited by Wu Qian and published in 1742 CE. Our version is a 10:1 powdered extract in 500 mg gelatin capsules.
Sheng Di (uncooked Radix Rehmanniae)
Tao Ren (Semen Persicae)
Hong Hua (Flos Carthami)
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubrae)
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong)
Functions: Quickens the blood, transforms stasis, and regulates menstruation
Indication: Blood stasis manifesting as irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, uterine myomas, abdominal masses, etc.
Signs & symptoms of blood stasis include:
Fixed, severe, and/or piercing pain
Pain which is worse in the evening
Pain which is better after expulsion of clots
Dark, purple blood
Dark, purple and/or engorged veins
Dark, purple tongue or static spots or macules on the tongue
A choppy, bowstring, deep, slow, bound, regularly intermittent, skipping, or absent pulse
Formula explanation: Within this formula, all six of the ingredients quicken the blood and transform stasis. In addition, Dang Gui, Sheng Di, and Hong Hua nourish the blood while Tao Ren engenders fluids, thus preventing attacking and draining from damaging the righteous and also taking into account that blood stasis and blood vacuity mutually engender each other.
Dosage: According to Him-che Yeung in Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas, Vol. 2, the standard daily dose in decoction for this formula is 66 grams. Because of the 10:1 concentration ratio and the efficiency of our manufacturing process it would take only 9 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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