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Contraindications It is not for a pregnant woman. Chinese Symptomology Frequent urination; stools very dry and firm; habitual constipation in convalescent elderlies or those with delicate constitution. Western Symptomology Straitened spleen (heat and dryness blocking the movement of fluids in the spleen) resulting in incomplete intestinal obstruction, postoperative ileus, atrophic gastritis, reflux gastritis, hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, geriatric constipation, and postpartum constipation Actions Moistens the intestines and drains heat, moves the qi and frees the flow of the stools Pattern Dry Heat in the Intestines and a lack of secretion of Fluids; it is an emollient especially suitable for elderly persons. Tongue Usually has a yellow and dry coating. Pulse Usually deep, rapid or hesitant. Ingredients Huo Ma Ren (Semen Cannabis) 187.4 mg ~ Da Huang (Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei) 187.4 mg ~ Xing Ren (Semen Armeniacae) 93.8 mg ~ Bai Shao (Radix Alba Paeoniae) 93.8 mg ~ Zhi Shi (Fructus Immaturus Aurantii) 93.8 mg ~ Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis) 93.8 mg ~ Within this formula, Huo Ma Ren moistens the intestines and frees the flow of the stools. Xing Ren moves the qi downward while also moistening the intestines. Bai Shao nourishes the blood, thus aiding the engenderment of fluids, remembering that, “Blood and fluids share a common source.” Hou Po moves the qi, thus disperses fullness and eliminates distention. Da Huang clears heat from the intestines and frees the flow of the stools. This formula comes from Zhang Zhong-jing’s late Han dynasty Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Damage [Due to] Cold).