Blue Poppy Originals
Chinese Traditional medicine has a rich history that includes over 2000 years of experience in harnessing the power of nature to support health and to promote optimal well-being. Chinese Traditional medicine is still practiced extensively in the East and is becoming more and more accepted in the West as well. Trying to take advantage of the benefits of Chinese traditional herbals and botanicals is not however without its own set of challenges. The biggest challenge to applying this system of medicine to your own health and the health of your family, is trying to determine which herbs and botanicals are best suited to your circumstances.
The Blue Poppy Originals range of supplements has taken the research out of applying these herbs to your daily life. A full range of supplements designed specifically for supporting the body in different circumstances makes Blue Poppy Originals an excellent choice for applying Eastern medicine to Western culture.
This formula was created by Jin Lan of the First Huai Hua Municipal People’s Hopsital. Our version is a 10: 1 extract. 500mg. 60 capsules
This formula is for qi and yin dual vacuity complicated by blood stasis resulting in diabetes mellitus.
The signs and symptoms of qi vacuity include:
•Lack of strength
• Orthostatic hypotension
•A swollen tongue with teethmarks on its edges
• Possible frequent urination
The signs and symptoms of yin vacuity include:
•Dry mouth & thirst
•Reduced sleep at night
• Possible red tongue or red-tipped tongue with scanty fur
•A fine pulse
The signs and symptoms of blood stasis include:
•Static spots or macules on the tongue
• Distended, engorged sublingual veins
• Varicose veins
• Diabetic dermopathy
Classical descriptions of thirsting and wasting all involve heat. However, these descriptions typically describe the later stages of diabetes mellitus, and, today, many people are diagnosed with diabetes without being symptomatic and without marked signs of heat. In fact, most contemporary Chinese sources agree that qi and yin dual vacuity is the most common early pattern of diabetes. Typically, this evolves from a liver-spleen disharmony based on the saying from the Nei Jing (Inner Classic), "[At] forty years, yin is automatically half." In other words, on top of a pre-existing spleen qi vacuity, there is now a yin vacuity as well. Although some patients develop diabetes early on in life, for most people, diabetes is a condition associated with aging. Therefore, in addition to qi and yin vacuity, blood stasis is a common complication. This is based on Yan De-xin’s assertion that essentially all chronic diseases associated with aging are complicated by at least an element of blood stasis. Blood stasis is definitely present in most of the complications of diabetes, such as neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy, and diabetic dermopathy. Thus the appropriateness of the principles of boosting the qi, nourishing yin, and quickening the blood.
Within this formula, Xi Yang Shen, Huang Qi, Fu Ling, and Shan Yao fortify the spleen and boost the qi. Shan Yao not only fortifies the spleen but also supplements the kidney qi. Xi Yang Sheng, Xuan Shen, Sheng Di, Mai Men Dong, and Ge Gen nourish yin and engender fluids. Xuan Shen also clears vacuity heat, while Ge Gen also disinhibits the qi mechanism by upbearing clear yang. Because of its cool nature, Ge Gen also clears stomach heat, the most common locus of heat in those with diabetes. Dan Shen, Sheng Di, and Chi Shao quicken, cool, and nourish the blood. Fu Ling additionally seeps dampness, thus leading yang into the yin tract (via urination).
If yin vacuity-fire effulgence is marked, this formula can be combined with Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan (Anemarrhena & Phellodendron Rehmannia Pills) or Da Bu Yin Wan (Greatly Supplementing Yin Pills). If lung yin vacuity is pronounced, it may be combined with Bai He Gu Jin Wan (Lily Secure Metal Pills) or Mai Wei Di Huang Wan (Ophiopogon & Schisandra Rehmannia Pills). If kidney yin vacuity is pronounced, it may be combined with Gu Ben Wan (Secure the Root Pills). If liver blood and kidney yin is marked with more prominent vision problems, one may consider combining this formula with Ming Mu Di Huang Wan (Brighten the Eyes Rehmannia Pills). If heart yin vacuity is pronounced, it may be combined with Bai Zi Yang Xin Wan (Biota Nourish the Heart Pills) or Tian Wan Bu Xin Dan (Heavenly Emperor Supplement the Heart Elixir). If kidney qi vacuity is marked, it may be combined with Jin Su Gu Jing Wan (Golden Lock Secure the Essence Pills). To increase supplementation of the qi, combine it with Shen Qi Da Bu Wan (Ginseng & Astragalus Greatly Supplementing Pills). If there is both yin and yang vacuity, combine it with Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Golden Cabinet Kidney Qi Pills). If blood stasis is more pronounced, it may be combined with either Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang Wan (Below the Diaphragm Dispel Stasis Decoction Pills), Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang Wan (Lower Abdomen Dispel Stasis Decoction Pills), Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang Wan (Blood Mansion Dispel Stasis Decoction Pills), or Tong Qiao Hue Xue Tang Wan (Free the Flow of the Orifices & Quicken the Blood Decoction Pills) depending on the location of the blood stasis.
Loose stools, diarrhea, or nausea and indigestion due to dampness.
My patient does have signs and symptoms of:
Qi vacuity Yes No
Yin vacuity Yes No
Blood stasis Yes No
Chinese research has shown this formula to be 16.3% more effective in lowering blood glucose than the antidiabetic drug glyburide (Micronase) in a comparison study involving 73 patients (42 in the treatment wing, 31 in the comparison wing). [He Nan Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Henan Journal of Chinese Medicine), #5, 2001, p. 19 & 28]