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Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan first appeared in the text Gu Jin Ming Fang by the physician Luo Mei in 1675. The formula is based on the formula Liu Jun Zi Wan which is covered in another post. Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan contains the same herbs as Liu Jun Zi Wan but adds Mu Xiang (Costus Root, Radix Aucklandiae) and Sha Ren (Cardamom).
This formula is traditionally used for digestive complaints characterized by loss of appetite, belching, fullness and pain of the abdomen and epigastrium, vomiting and loose stools. These symptoms stem from a digestive system that is under-performing. Because the action of the digestive system is weak individuals who are taking Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan need to avoid eating raw or cold foods and consuming cold beverages, especially before or during meals.
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan has been found to have several pharmacological effects, including regulating intestinal peristalsis, promoting normal stomach mucosa, decreasing gastric acid production, and stimulating the immune system particularly IgM, IgA and T cells. These properties make Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan potentially very useful for people suffering from gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach), ulcers, stomatitis (inflammation in the mouth) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.