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Herbal Prescriptions

 I.Prescriptions Based on Syndrom Differnetiation | II. A Word about TCM Proprietary Medicine

II. A Word about TCM Proprietary Medicine

Besides getting a prescription of Chinese herbs that you would make into a decoction as listed above, there are many Chinese proprietary medicines on today's market that contain a myriad of ingredients. Generally speaking these drugs may be classified into three categories:

  1. The superior category is considered to be mineral or chemical products; they are potent and can exert an instantaneous effect on sexual response.
  2. Spotted deer is one of the most renowned and popular sexual tonics in TCM.
    The second category includes animal products such as dried organs or insects, which are believed to possess some hormonal effects. Drugs in this category are less effective than the above one and may be made from endangered species.
  3. The third category includes general herbs with tonifying properties. These drugs provide an extensive effect on sexual enhancement and can either invigorate the sexual organs, replenish essence or promote recovery . They are mild in side effects and may take time to see their effects.

Today most of the popular pills belong to the first category and work by strengthening yang as a way of boosting the kidney function. This means they can accelerate the exhaustion of kidney essence and can make an impotence problem worse in the long run if they are used improperly.

Some examples of proprietary medicines sold are:

1. Yang Enhancing Pill (t֤Y)
: Impotence due to a kidney deficiency.
  Rhizoma Rehmanniae Praeparate
  Rhemannia root (processed)
  Shu di
  Fructus Lycii
  Chinese wolfberry fruit
  Gou qi chi
  Radix Polygonia
  Fleeceflower root
  He shou wu
  Fructus Rosae Laevigatae
  Cherokee Rose Fruit
  Jin ying zi
  Herba Epimedii
  Xian Ling Pi
  Fructus Cnidii
  Common Cnidium fruit
  She chuang zi
  Ca2(Mg, Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2
  Yang qi shi
  Semen Cuscutae
  Dodder seed
  Tu si zi
  Rhizoma Cibotii
  Cibot Rhizome
  Gou ji
  Herba Cynomorii
  Songaria cynomorium herb
  Suo yang
  Pipe fish
  Hai long
  Radix Morindae Officinalis
  Morinda Root
  Ba ji tian
  Semen Astragali Complanati
  Flatstem Milkvetch seed
  Sha yuan zi
  Cortex Eucommiae
  Eucommia bark
  Du zhong
  Rhizoma Dioscoreae
  Fresh Chinese yam
  Shen Shan yao
  Radix Codonopsis
  Pilose asiabell root
  Dang shen
  Radix Glycyrrhizae Praeparata
  Liquorice root (processed with honey)
  Jiu gan cao

Preparation: The above ingredients are ground and mixed with honey and made into pills of 9g each. Take one pill twice daily, in the morning and evening.

In the prescription, rhemannia, wolfberry and fleeceflower nourish the kidney yin. Cherokee rose helps the kidneys to consolidate essence. Epimedium, cnidium fruit, actinolite, dodder seed, cibot, cynomorium, pipe fish, morinda root, flatstem milkvetch seed and eucommia bark tonify the kidney yang. Chinese yam, asiabell root and liquorice root benefit qi (vital energy) and enhance the middle burner. The whole combination acts together to replenish the essence contained in the kidneys. It is suitable for impotence due to a kidney deficiency.

2. Black Dragon Pill (QsY)
: Psychogenic impotence.
  Jiuxiang bug
  Jiu xiang chong
  Cortex Eucommiae
  Eucommia bark
  Du zhong
  Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
  Dried tangerine peel
  Chen pi
  Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
  Large head atractylodes root
  Bai shu
  Semen Plantaginis
  Plantain seed
  Che qian zi

Preparation: The above ingredients are ground and mixed with honey and made into pills of 5g each. Take one pill twice daily with soup or salty wine before meals or sleep.

In the prescription, jiuxiang bug warms and fortifies the kidney yang and promotes the qi (vital energy) circulation in the meridians. Eucommia bark warms and tonifies the liver and kidneys and helps to expel coldness and dampness. Tangerine peel benefits qi and eliminates blood stasis. Atractylodes benefits qi and reinforces the spleen. Plantain seed diffuses dampness and promotes diuresis. The whole combination acts together to warm and tonify the kidney yang, activate the blood and removes obstruction in the meridians. It is suitable for neurological impotence, which is due to emotional factors.