Classic Chinese Formulae
The following are classical Chinese formulae with the corresponding Three Treasures® formula.
It is important to understand whether a formula tonifies the body's Qi, resolves pathogenic factors or does both. It is only by understanding this classification that we can make a rational choice of a formula.
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The formulae can be classified into the following categories:
- Nourishing (for Empty conditions)
- Nourishing and Clearing (for combinations of a Full and Empty condition)
- Clearing (for Full conditions with pathogenic factors)
- Calming the Mind
- Releasing the Exterior
Within each category, each formula addresses the disharmony of a specific organ. However, the innovative aspect of the Three Treasures® formulae is that, rather than being generic formula, each one addresses a specific, clinically common, condition within a particular organ's sphere. For example, there is no generic formula to nourish Qi and Blood ( e.g. Ba Zhen Tang Eight Precious Pill), but there are specific formulae which affect Liver-Blood either by nourishing it or by combining its nourishing with some elimination for specific clinical situations.
- Liver-Blood deficiency giving rise to Liver-Yang rising (Bend Bamboo®) or Deficient Liver-Blood not nourishing the eyes (Brighten the Eyes™);
- Deficient Liver-Blood not nourishing the sinews (Brocade Sinews™);
- Liver-Blood deficiency associated with Liver-Qi stagnation (Freeing the Moon®) or Liver-Blood deficiency in chronic skin issues (Glorious Sea™);
- Liver-Blood deficiency leading to insomnia (Root the Spirit and Nourish the Soul™) or Liver-Blood deficiency resulting from radiotherapy (Radio-Support™)
Thus, the clinical application process for the Three Treasures™ formulae is somewhat different from that for generic tonic formulae. It relies on the practitioner making a fundamental differentiation between the need to i) tonify only, ii) the need to clear only, or iii) the need to tonify and clear simultaneously. We can represent the different diagnostic processes that lead to the choice of a formula (in this example for Liver-Blood deficiency) with Figures 1 and 2:
Similarly, Spleen-Qi deficiency hardly ever occurs on its own in chronic conditions as it is more frequently accompanied by Dampness, Damp-Heat or Qi Stagnation. Two more diagrams can illustrate the difference between a generic formula to tonify Spleen-Qi and the various Three Treasures® formulae to tonify Spleen-Qi. See Figures 3 and 4.
Nourishing & Clearing
Calming the Mind
Releasing the Exterior
The following is a list of Three Treasures® formulae without a classical antecedent.