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Decoctions provide the benefits of 6-30 dried herbs in one hot concentrated drink. Decoctions provide immediate and substantial change within a few days for non critical conditions. Decoction courses once begun may be customized to the patient as the condition changes, as symptoms subside and cease. Only by decoction is it possible for a formula to advance day by day, week by week, progressing from one phase to another until disease is eradicated.

Decoctions were a primary method of ancient therapy. Ancient text, Shanghan Lun, detailed conditions and their corresponding formulas which were then varied to each manifestation of the disease and which progressed in keeping with the way the disease changed. Decoctions in this text were intended to be used for a day or a few days with the expectation that the patient would be in a different status within a few days.

Chinese hospitals and independent pharmacies continue to offer decoctions cooked up on the premises for patient convenience. The decoction of herbs in this manner allows for mass treatment of the range of ailments, from wind invasion cold to chronic ailments for which no medicine exists.

For minor ailments, 3-10 days of a decoction formula are sufficient. Decoctions taken for more critical conditions may range from 1-6 months and may be continued and modified as needed.

For the majority of commonly used herbs, the dosage range is 6-15 grams for a one day dose with an average of about 10 grams per day. Some herbs are used at considerably lower or higher dosages routinely. Some herbs are used in much higher dosage for certain applications. Decoctions are commonly made up of 8-16 ingredients, with an average of about 12 ingredients. A decoction of about 120 grams of crude herbs is usual (e.g. 12 ingredients x 10 grams per ingredient). For a one week supply of herbs, this translates to nearly 2 pounds of dried herb materials. When treating serious ailments, the dosages may be increased by approximately 50% so that a one week supply comes from nearly 3 pounds of herbs.

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Dan Shen Yin, Decoction of
Preventative against heart attack and stroke, dispersing blood stagnation in the heart and channels, clearing stagnant liver blood. Beneficial for angina, chest pain, chronic hepatitis, difficult brea..
Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San or Bupleurum & Peony Formula, Decoction of
Treats premenstrual syndrome with liver heat. Use for stagnant liver qi and blood with liver heat, deficient liver blood, disharmony of liver and spleen, deficient spleen qi. Symptoms may include..
Dang Gui Bu Xue Wan, Decoction of
Nourishes blood and invigorates blood circulation. Female tonic for blood deficiency accompanied by feverishness, flushed face, thirst with heavy desire for drinking, pronounced but deficient pulse th..
Guan Jie Yan Wan, Decoction of
Treats rheumatoid arthritis, clearing wind-damp-heat in the channels, targeting inflammation in the joints. Applicable to hot, painful joints, arthritic pain, sciatic inflammation. Not for use while p..
Gui Ling Xiao Liu Wan or Cinnamon & Poria Mass Reducing Formula, Decoction of
Treats uterine fibroids, invigorating blood, transforming blood stasis, softening lumps, reducing fixed abdominal pain. Ingredients: Ram Cinnamomi, Poria, Rx. Paeoniae Rubra, (Rx. Paeoniae Alba), C..
Hawthorn Single Herb Element
For treatment of heart disease, to strengthen heart function, lower blood lipids, dilate blood vessels, promote circulation. Improves digestion, benefitting weight maintenance. Antioxidant, anti ..
Hong Hua Tao Ren Tang or Carthamus & Persica Formula, Decoction of
Clears stagnant liver blood, stagnant uterus blood, stagnant liver qi manifested as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, ovarian cyst, swollen liver (hepatomegaly), traumatic injury, uter..
Huang Qi Ling Zhi San, Decoction of
Astragalus, Ganoderma Powder for immune deficiency due to deficiency of: spleen qi, wei qi, lung qi, lung yin, heart qi, heart yin with symptoms such as dry cough, post fever fatigue, post partum fati..
Ji Jiao Li Huang Wan, Decoction of
Moves stagnant qi and dries damp manifested as abdominal distension, phlegm and fluid accumulation of the middle. Ingredients: Han fang ji 30g, jiao mu 30g, ting li zi 30g, da huang 30g. Co..
Jie Yu or Bupleurum & Cyperus 18 Decoction
Disperses constrained liver qi, clearing liver and heart fire to invigorate blood and dispel phlegm. Use as anti stress formula for congestion of liver qi causing discomfort in hypochondric region wit..
Jin Gu Die Shang Wan, Decoction of
Traumatic Injury formula for injury to muscles, bone with stagnation of qi and blood in channels. Tongue may be purple or dark with dark spots. Pulse is choppy. Use for bone fractures, bruising, dislo..
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan or Lycium, Chrysanthemum, Rehmannia Formula
Treats deficient liver yin manifested as vision disorders with symptoms including blurry vision, cataracts, glaucoma, dizziness, dry eyes, hypertension, irregular menstruation, premenstrual ..
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