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Chinese Patent Remedies

Patent herbal medicines are very popular in the Chinese community; everyone buys over-the-counter preparations for minor ailments or as adjuncts in serious diseases, just like Western readymade remedies for colds, flu and pain. Some of the medicines date back thousands of years, with the formulae carefully balanced in quality and quantity to accentuate its health restorative actions while reducing side effects.

Many patent TCM medicines, which come from all over China, are often made from classic formulas handed down for generations and are marketed under the name of the original formula. If you know the name of the formula, it is easy to find the appropriate patent medicine regardless of the manufacturer. These effective, less costly and readily available remedies can easily be found in pharmacies.
Chinese patent drugs

Individuals who have serious conditions should always consult health professionals before taking any other medicines. However, for common ailments or conditions that are not proving effective by allopathic remedies, these medicines are worth trying.

Below are the samples of patent medicines for sufferers of PMS. These classic prescriptions form the basic components in clinical applications.

Chinese name [pY
Pinyin Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan
English name The Free and Easy Wanderer Plus
Actions Soothe the liver, fortify the spleen, nourish the blood and restore normal menstruation
Indicated syndrome pattern Breast swelling and tenderness, mood swings, headache, dizziness and abdominal bloating
Caution Pregnancy and digestive problems

Chinese name aY
Pinyin Qi Ju Di Huang Wan
English name Six Rehmannia Pills Plus Wolfberry and Chrysanthemum
Actions Enrich yin and depress fire
Indicated syndrome pattern Irritability, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, absent-mindedness, insomnia, ear ringing, night sweats, abdominal cramps and lumbar soreness
Caution Diarrhea

Chinese name KäY
Pinyin Ba Zhen Wan
English name Eight Treasures Pills
Actions Replenish the blood and qi (vital energy)
Indicated syndrome pattern General weakness, pale complexion, dizziness, headache, poor appetite, palpitation and heavy menses
Caution Fever and digestive weakness

Chinese name d۳N̤Y
Pinyin Ling Gui Zhu Gan Wan
English name Poria, Cinnamon, Largehead Atractylodes and Liquorice Pills
Actions Tonify the kidneys and spleen to promote urination and digestion
Indicated syndrome pattern Puffy face and limbs, lightheadedness, chill, fatigue, sleepiness, poor appetite, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, soreness in the back and limbs.
Caution Yin deficiency and dehydration

Although different medicines contain the same herbal ingredients, one should always buy a product made by reputable manufacturers. As preparation of Chinese herbal products rely on special skills, a difference in manufacture can have subtle differences in effects. (See " The effect of dual modulation") The individual should also read the labels carefully or ask advice from the pharmacy before taking them.