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Rehmannia 16 is a generalized yin nourishing and moisturizing formula. It is primarily based on the traditional Anemarrhena, Phellodendron, and Rehmannia Formula (Zhi Bai Di Huang Tang; see Pine Mountain) that nourishes the yin of the kidney and liver and clears deficiency heat. It is modified by adding additional herbs for nourishing yin and moisturizing dryness (lycium fruit, ophiopogon, asparagus, schizandra, yu-chu). Also, eucommia and achyranthes have been added to nourish the kidney and liver and strengthen the root. The intent of this formula, compared to others indicated for yin deficiency, is to address deficiencies that affect all three "burners." Yin deficiency of the lower burner refers to liver/kidney deficiency; of the middle burner refers to stomach yin deficiency; and of the upper burner refers to lung/heart deficiency. The three burners are all affected when there has been a chronic disease that either started with an acute ailment in the upper burner and worked its way down and into the deepest parts of the body, or when an internal disorder, usually starting with deficiency in the lower and/or middle burner, projects upward. Yin deficiency can also arise from chronic use of some drugs, from bad diet, and from certain illnesses. Examples of disorders that fit into the yin deficiency category are chronic sore throat and oral ulceration, diabetes, and Sjogren\'s syndrome (see also Pseudostellaria 9). Alternative yin nourishing formulas that include herbs for deficiency fire are Tortoise Shell Tablets (for liver/kidney deficiency) and Restorative Tablets (for liver/kidney deficiency with qi deficiency).