Blue Poppy Originals
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Indications: This formula is for heart-gallbladder qi timidity with depressive heat in the heart, liver, and possibly stomach and intestines. Heart-gallbladder qi timidity is the shorthand name for a more complex pattern. The entire pattern is made up of a liver-spleen disharmony, i.e., liver depression and spleen qi vacuity, with depressive heat and phlegm harassing the heart spirit as well as heart qi and blood vacuity due to enduring spleen vacuity. In terms of disease indications, it mainly treats insomnia, heart palpitations, anxiety, depression, PMS, and perimenopausal syndrome. However, patients with this complex set of patterns also typically have digestive complaints, possible asthma or sinusitis, TMJ syndrome, and other liver-spleen disharmony diseases.
This formula is a modification of Wan Ken-tang’s Ming dynasty Shi Wei Wen Dan Tang (Ten Flavors Warm the Gallbladder Decoction) and XuYou-ling’s contemporary Shi Yi Wei Wen Dan Tang (Eleven Flavors Warm the Gallbladder Decoction). Our version is a 10:1 extract.
Signs and symptoms of spleen qi vacuity include:
fatigue, especially after eating
cold hands and feet
abdominal bloating after eating
lack of strength in the four extremities
tendency to loose stools but possibly constipation
dizziness when standing up
a swollen tongue with teeth marks on its edges
fine pulse which is often soggy a or soft in the right bar position
The signs and symptoms of liver depression include:
The signs and symptoms of depressive heat include:
The signs and symptoms of phlegm dampness include:
The signs and symptoms of heart qi and blood vacuity include:
lassitude of the spirit
vexation and agitation
disquieted spirit; anxiety
a swollen, pale tongue with a crack or crease down
impaired memory its center reaching to the tip
possible shortness of breath or spontaneous perspiration
Note: The key to discriminating the complex pattern of heart-gallbladder qi timidity is a combination of fatigue, PMS, a bowstring, slippery pulse, and a tendency to wake in the middle of the night in a fright or with heart palpitations plus phlegm in the back of the throat. To use this formula, the patient must also have signs of heat.
Combinations: If there is more marked liver depression and spleen vacuity, this formula can be combined with either Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction Pills). If liver-spleen disharmony is marked and there is also more marked blood vacuity, it can be combined with Xiao Yao Wan (Rambling Pills). If there is more marked phlegm, it can be combined with Er Chen Wan (Two Aged [Ingredients] Pills). If there is more marked great or chest qi vacuity, it can be combined with Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan (Supplement the Center & Boost the Qi Pills). If there is concomitant damp heat in the stomach and intestines, it can be combined with Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan (Pinellia Drain the Heart Decoction Pills). If heart fire shifts to the small intestines and bladder, it can be combined with Dao Chi Wan (Abduct the Red Pills). If there is concomitant yin vacuity, it can be combined with Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Flavors Rehmannia Pills). If there is dual yin and yangf vacuity, it can be combined with either Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pills) or Er Xian Wan (Two Immortals Pills). If there is concomitant blood stasis, it can be combined with Tong Qiao Huo Xue Wan (Free the Flow of the Orifices & Quicken the Blood Pills). If there is more marked heart qi and blood vacuity, it can be combined with Gan Mai Da Zao Wan (Licorice, Wheat & Red Date Pills).
Formula explanation: Within this formula, Codonopsis, Poria, and mix-fried Licorice all fortify the spleen and boost the qi. The heart receives its qi from the clear upborne by the spleen. Therefore, supplementing the spleen qi automatically supplements the heart qi. In addition, Schisandra and Polygala both also supplement the heart qi, while Red Dates, Dang Gui, Zizyphus Spinosa, and Caulis Polygoni supplement heart blood. Further, Schisandra protects stomach, lung, and heart yin from damage due to enduring heat. Orange Peel, Caulis Bambusae, Immature Aurantium, and uncooked Ginger all course the liver and rectify the qi, disinhibit and harmonize the qi mechanism and resolve depression. In addition, if the liver receives sufficient nourishment by the blood due to Dang Gui and Zizyphus Spinosa above, it will therefore be enabled to do its duty of coursing and discharging. Pinellia, Caulis Bambusae, Acorus, Polygala, Orange Peel, and uncooked Ginger all transform phlegm. Caulis Bambusae also eliminates vexation, while both Acorus and Polygala free the flow of the heart orifices and quiet the spirit. Other spirit-quieting medicinals in this formula include Caulis Polygoni, Poria, Zizyphus Spinosa, Licorice, Red Dates, and Oyster Shell. Polygala also frees the flow between the heart and kidneys, while Oyster Shell subdues yang. Hence upward stirring ministerial fire is led back to its lower source. Coptis clears depressive heat in the heart, liver, gallbladder, stomach, and intestines, and Licorice, Red Dates, and uncooked Ginger all harmonize the other ingredients in this formula.