Invigorates the Blood, Tonifies Blood, Regulates Menstruation
8 pills, 3 x day.
Rehmannia glutinosa root-prep, Angelica sinensis root, Paeonia lactiflora root, Prunus persica seed, Carthamus tinctorius flower, Ligusticum chuanxiong rhizome, Activated carbon, Botanical wax, Talcum. - Shu di huang, Dang gui, Bai shao, Tao ren, Hong hua, Chuan xiong, Activated carbon, Botanical wax, Talcum.
Contraindicated during pregnancy, or with hemorrhagic disorders. Use with caution during heavy menstrual bleeding. Use with caution in patients on anti-coagulant therapy. Contains tree nuts.
Clinical Comments from Monthly Special Feb 2011: Tao Hong Si Wu Tang is a variation on the classic Liver regulating and Blood tonifying formula Si Wu Tang. Si Wu Tang is the exemplar formula for Blood deficiency leading to slight heat, dryness and mild stagnation. Shu di huang is sweet and neutral to slightly warm; it enters the Heart and Kidney and strongly nourishes the Yin aspect of the Blood. Bai shao is sour, cold and astringent, it enters the Liver and Spleen and constrains Yin and nourishes Blood. Dang gui is spicy, bitter, and sweet, it enters the Heart and Spleen and nourishes Blood. Chuan xiong is spicy and warm, it invigorates the Blood and promotes the movement of Qi. Chuan xiong moves Blood in both the upper and lower parts of the body. In the upper region, it can prove helpful for Blood stagnation and “wind in the head”. In the lower region it “moves the Sea of Blood”. In the formula, two of the herbs are still and two are moving. This combination of stillness and movement allows Si Wu Tang to effectively nourish and tonify, without leading to stagnation, and regulate and move without injuring the Blood and Yin. The addition of Tao ren and Hong hua help the formula to address Blood deficiency with a higher degree of Blood stagnation than foundation formula. Originally and classically, this formula has been used for Blood stagnation in the lower jiao leading to a variety of issues. Over time its applications have expanded to encompass many other disorders characterized by both Blood deficiency and Blood stagnation.
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