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.
Ku Gua Huang Qi Tang, Momordica & Astragalus Decoction
This formula is a modification of Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang (Stephania & Astragalus Decoction) first found in Zhang Zhong-jings late Han dynasty Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essentials from the Golden Cabinet). The main modifications are by Wang Qi and Li Ying-shuai from the Beijing Chinese Medical University and are based on their long clinical experience in treating metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, and insulin resistance. These modifications consist of eliminating Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis), Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae), and Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) and adding Cang Zhu, He Ye. Pu Huang, Ji Nei Jin, Ju Hong, Shan Zha, and Da Huang. Bob Flaws has then substituted Ku Gua for Fang Ji (Radix Stephania Tetrandrae) due to that ingredients possible substitution by some aristolochic acid containing species and in order to make this formulas hypoglycemic effect even more pronounced. Our version is a 10: 1 extract in 500mg capsules.
Transforms phlegm and eliminates dampness assisted by fortifying the spleen and boosting the qi, clearing heat, dispelling stasis, and dispersing stagnation
An excessively phlegm damp bodily constitution with spleen vacuity, stomach and intestinal heat, blood stasis, and possible food stagnation resulting in metabolic syndrome (a.k.a. syndrome X), diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Hypoglycemia, anorexia, bulemia, chronic diarrhea
THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF PHLEGM DAMPNESS INCLUDE
•A slippery pulse
•Thick, slimy tongue fur
THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF SPLEEN VACUITY INCLUDE
•A swollen, enlarged tongue with teeth-marks on its edges
•Lack of strength
THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF STOMACH AND INTESTINAL HEAT INCLUDE
•Possible bleeding gums
•Yellow tongue fur
•Thirst with a desire to drink
•A possibly rapid pulse
THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF BLOOD STASIS INCLUDE
•Engorged veins, including spider nevi, varicose veins, and teleangiectasia
•A purplish dark, possibly brownish skin discoloration (as in age spots)
•A purplish tongue
•A bowstring, possibly bound or intermittent pulse
THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF FOOD STAGNATION INCLUDE
Metabolic syndrome is the combination of obesity, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. This syndrome is directly correlated to the incidence of life-threatening heart disease and stroke. In particular, the above formula addresses insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus in a person who is visibly overweight in their mid-section, so-called truncal or central obesity. In terms of Chinese medical patterns, this patient has lots of phlegm, dampness, and turbidity (i.e., the adipose tissue) plus stomach heat, spleen vacuity, a strong tendency to blood stasis, and the probable complication of at least some food stagnation. Therefore, within this formula, Huang Qi, Bai Zhu, and Cang Zhu fortify the spleen and boost the qi, move and transform phlegm and dampness, bank and supplement the middle burner. He Ye and Ju Hong aromatically penetrate and loosen the center, transform phlegm and disperse fat, and mildly diffuse the upper burner. Uncooked Pu Huang, uncooked Da Huang, Ji Nei Jin, and Shan Zha dispel stasis and transform phlegm, rectify the qi and disperse stagnation. Ze Xie blandly seeps and disinhibit waters, transforms phlegm and seeps dampness. Ku Gua,1 He Ye, and Da Huang clear heat from the stomach and intestines. Thus this formula treats all three burners.
In terms of pharmacodynamics, Huang Qi, Ze Xie, Bai Zhu, Cang Zhu, and Ku Gua have all demonstrated marked hypoglycemic effects. However, it is Ku Gua that has shown some of the best blood sugar lowering effects of any Chinese medicinal. To date, close to 100 in vivo studies have demonstrated the blood sugar-lowering effect of Ku Gua. In one comparative study, this herb performed better at lowering blood sugar than the hypoglycemic drug tolbutamide. This fruit has also shown the ability to enhance cells uptake of glucose, promote insulin release, and potentiate the effect of insulin. In other in vivo studies, Ku Gua has been shown to reduce total cholesterol. Further, yet other trials have shown that Ku Gua can reduce adiposity (fat) and blood pressure. He Ye suppresses appetite and promotes lipolysis, the breakdown of fat; thus it promotes weight loss. In addition, it reduces low-density lipids (LDL) while increasing high-density lipids (HDL). Shan Zha is also hypolipidemic, meaning that it too lowers blood lipid levels. It also improves the flow of the coronary arteries and lowers blood pressure.
May potentiate exogenous insulin. May potentiate hypoglycemic drugs.
MAY PATIENT DOES PRESENT THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF
Blood stasis (not absolutely necessary)
Food stagnation (not absolutely necessary)