Supports immunity and ear, nose, and throat health. Traditionally used to promote the body’s immune defenses while soothing pain and discomfort. ∞
The classical formula Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Tang is designed to treat Shao Yang disorder that comes about when a surface pathology (a simple head cold) collapses into the next layer of the body. This is the Shao Yang layer.
When the Shao Yang layer is congested it can affect the entire length of the side body along the Gallbladder meridian, particularly around the rib cage, causing heat and inflammation. The lymphatic system also tends to be impacted in this pattern, causing stagnant lymph fluid or swollen lymph nodes. This stagnation causes the fluid to heat up, creating a sense of alternating hot and cold at different times, sore throat, headache, and/or earache as heat rises up through the gallbladder meridian.
This combination of heat and fluid trapped in the meridians of the head and neck can be the perfect environment for viral and bacterial infection. Western medicine attributes these symptoms solely to the presence of a microbe, but Chinese medicine sees these symptoms as a functional imbalance that leaves the body open to opportunistic infections. Because of this, we go about changing the body’s internal environment to one that is inhospitable to unwelcome pathogens by restoring proper function to the body’s systems.
According to the source text, this formula uses a combination of herbs and minerals designed to restore the natural movement of the Shao Yang layer between the interior and exterior of the body. This allows for healthy movement of the gallbladder meridian and lymph fluid. The mineral component of this formula works as a heavy anchor for the rising heat, backing it off of the irritated soft tissue of the head and throat. We’ve included two additional herbs traditionally used to support transformation of damp heat within the sinus cavity, as well.
Imbalance addressed: Shao Yang disorder with water rheum (damp heat)
Formula Action: Harmonize Shao Yang, warm interior, transform water rheum (damp heat)
Base formula: Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Tang (Bupleurum, Cinnamon Twig and Dried Ginger Decoction)
Ingredients*: Chai hu, Gui zhi, Gan jiang, Mu li, Zhi gan cao, Huang qin, Tian hua fen (Chinese thoroughwax, cinnamon, dried ginger, oyster shell, honey stir-fried licorice root, trichosanthes root)
Additional, symptomatic herbs: cang zhu, xin yi hua (red atractylodes, magnolia bud)
Source Text(s): Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage), Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Cabinet)
Additional ingredients: Filtered water, Non-GMO cane sugar alcohol
*Organic, Non-GMO herbs are used whenever available, all herbs used undergo laboratory testing to ensure they are free from possible impurities or contaminants.
∞These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in this article is for educational purposes only. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.