Click to enlargeFar East Summit - Sheng Mai San - 2 Oz.

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Chinese Symptomology fatigue, lack of strength, lassitude of the spirit, shortness of breath, spontaneous perspiration Western Symptomology Chronic bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, and other forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, supraventricular arrhythmias, rheumatic heart disease, coronary artery disease, post-bypass debility, viral myocarditis Actions Boosts the qi, enriches yin, engenders both the fluids and pulse, and checks sweating. Tongue Fat, swollen, possibly tender with teeth-marks on its edges. Pulse Forceless. Ingredients Chinese White Ginseng root, Ophiopogon root, Schisandra fruit. This formula is for concurrent deficiency of qi and yin, primarily of the Lungs. Chronic cough not only injures the Lung qi, but is also an manifestation of injured Lung qi together with shortness of breath and spontaneous sweating. Prolonged, profuse sweating injures the fluids and yin, which is manifested here in the sparse sputum that is difficult to expectorate, and the dry mouth and tongue. The pulse is deficient, which reflects deficient yin. The same condition can develop over a relatively short period of time if the sweating is profuse, as in summerheat-stroke or heat-stroke. The mechanism in such cases is that excessive sweating injures both the Lung qi and the fluids or yin. When qi deficiency develops quickly, it almost always products a tendency to curl up. The author of this formula, Li Ao, designed it for heat injuring the basal or source qi. Later generations of physicians expanded its scope. Recently this formula has been widely used in treating various types of heart disease, including palpitations and coronary artery disease. It is particularly useful in treating palpitations with a stifling sensation in the chest, shortness of breath, sweating, a dry mouth and thirst, poor sleep, a pale, red, and dry tongue, and a slow-irregular or consistently-irregular pulse. This is one of the few formulas that are used in treating acute collapse.* --Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas and Strategies.


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