ChinaMed Gyne Function 1 Formula 78c
This is an empirical formula that has been developed for use as the basis for treating abnormal uterine bleeding. This includes excessive menstrual blood loss (menorrhagia), bleeding between periods (metrorrhagia) and slight but continual bleeding (metrostaxis).
The common causes of long term or chronic abnormal uterine bleeding are Heat in the Blood due to Yin deficiency, Blood stasis and Spleen Qi deficiency. Due to the excessive blood loss, patients generally also have Blood deficiency, which may, in turn, worsen the condition. Thus, a primary approach to treatment involves both tonification (of the Yin and Blood) as well as astringing the Blood to stop bleeding.
In this formula the following herbs are used in order to astringe the Blood and stop bleeding: Cephalanopsis herb (xiao ji); Artemisia leaf (ai ye) and Scutellaria root (huang qin). The remaining herbs nourish the Blood and the Yin and are mostly cooling in nature.
As this formula does not address the pattern of Qi deficiency, it may be necessary to combine it with a suitable Qi tonifying formula, as listed below, under ‘Combinations’.
+ ENERGY TONIC Formula
Severe Blood deficiency:
+ RESTORE THE SPLEEN Formula
Each capsule contains:
- Avoid spicy foods and stimulants.
- Not suitable for conditions due to excess Heat.
3 - 4 capsules, 2 - 3 times daily.
In severe cases and in the early stages of treatment (first 1 - 2 weeks) the dosage may be increased by 50 - 100%.
Course of treatment: 3 - 6 months
Nourishes and astringes the Blood, nourishes the Yin, clears Heat and regulates menstruation.
- Deficiency Heat in the Blood
- Blood and Yin deficiency
- Instability of the Chong channel (a.k.a. ‘Penetrating vessel’)
Dysfunctional uterine bleeding, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, menometrorrhagia.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
(Key clinical features in bold)
- Excessive menstrual blood loss
- Irregular periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Sallow or pale and lustreless complexion
- Tongue is pale and slightly dry
- Pulse is thready and weak
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