502 LV / LI-002 - Xiao Chai Hu Pian
502 LV — XIAO CHAI HU PIAN — Yin/Yang Harmony Formula Harmonizing Yin and Yang energies since 210 A.D.
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TCM Therapeutic Actions: Harmonizes the two meridians of Shaoyang--the Triple Warmer and Gallbladder. Supplements Qi, transforms phlegm, spreads Liver Qi, and clears Heat. TCM Indications: Alternating chills and fever, distention in the chest or rib area, bitter mouth, dry throat, retching, dizziness, severe loss of appetite. Modern Indications: Infection of biliary tract, gallstones, gallbladder infection, hepatitis, pleuritis, chronic gastritis, indigestion, intercostal neuralgia, neurosis, breast disease, underarm lymph node edema, and AIDS. Contraindications: Contraindicated in pregnancy and for patients taking Interferon. May cause headache, bleeding gums and dizziness due to energy rising in long-term use. Patients with chronic fatigue or post viral patterns may have a temporary recurrence when starting this formula until pathogen is eliminated from the body. Chronic usage or large dosages are not recommended in cases of edema, hypokalemia, kidney disorders, hypertension and congestive heart failure. TCM Contraindications: Prolonged use or overdose may consume Yin. Use cautiously in patients with Yin deficiency, Blood deficiency, Yin-deficient Fire, Liver Yang rising, or Liver Wind rising. Not suitable for patients with upper excess and lower deficiency. Pharmaceutical Interactions: This formula may INCREASE the effects of Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI’s), anticoagulants and antiplatelets; may increase potassium loss with diuretics and laxatives, which may interfere with antiarrhythmics. This formula may DECREASE plasma glucose levels, and may decrease the effects of ahtihypertensive agents and antidiabetic medications. This formula may cause hypertension and fluid retention when used with oral contraceptives. May decrease endogenous testosterone levels in men and women with polycystic ovary disease. May increase the half-life of systemic corticosteroids. May lessen overall availability of tolbutamide. Comments: If it is difficult to pinpoint the specific meridians or organ functions causing a particular problem, or if the patient has taken many Western medications, this herbal formula can help clarify the underlying condition. In severe cases or in early stages, may increase dose 50% for a few weeks, then decrease as symptoms improve. Recommended Usage: 2-3 tablets twice daily with warm water.