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Ginseng 6 is based on the traditional formula Shengmai San (Pulse Generating Powder), comprised of ginseng, ophiopogon, and schizandra. Shengmai San is usually given to persons who experience weakness and dryness (e.g., thirst) following a debilitating disease. In China, it is prepared in many forms, including an oral liquid and IV infusion, so that hospital patients can receive the benefits promptly. It is most often used there for treating patients with cardiovascular disease (e.g., as a post-heart attack therapy) or severe lung diseases. Variants of the original formula produced in China include changing the ginseng to American ginseng or pseudostellaria (see Pseudostellaria 9) and including a mix of Chinese and American ginseng. Two other tonics are added: aster and licorice, which help to treat cough and shallow breathing, weak digestion, and deficiency of qi. When using ginseng as a principal ingredient, the dosage is typically 500mg each time, three times daily, for a total dose of 1.5 grams; this amount can be obtained by taking 3 tablets each time. After recovery from illness, lingering symptoms can be treated by formulas that are specific for the deficiencies encountered; examples are Ginseng 18 for spleen qi deficiency, Rehmannia 16, Tremella 14, or Pseudostellaria 9 for yin deficiency, Gecko-A or Eucommia 18 for yang deficiency, and Shou Wu Tablets for blood deficiency. See also Ren Shen Feng Wang Pian (Pine Mountain).