YIN QIAO JIE DU PIAN (COMMONLY KNOWN AS "YIN CHOW")
Lonicera & Forsythia formula
Pine Mountain Brand: 120 tablets 525 mg per tablet
"Yin Qiao" formula was developed 150 years ago as a treatment for epidemic heat diseases, and has become a popular remedy in tablet form for the early stages of colds and flu. This version has been slightly modified by the addition of 2 herbs specific for sore throat and viral infections: Isatis root and andrographis.
Instructions for this formula are to use at the first signs and symptoms of a cold or flu, such as slightly sore throat, headache, tiredness, and to use the formula aggressively when these symptoms are evident. Some practitioners recommend more frequent administration, often stated to be as frequent as every 2-4 hours.
This formula can be used safely in combination with Ilex 15 for when symptoms become more severe to include headache, muscular aching and fever, and digestive disturbances.
TCM Description of Formula Actions:
In TCM medical terms, this formula "dispels wind" (mentha, schizonepeta) and "clears toxic heat" (forsythia and lonicera); it also has herbs specific for scratchy, sore, or dry throat (arctium, soja, lophaterum). This formula has been slightly modified from the classical form to contain herbs that have anti-infective properties and that treat sore throat.
4 tablets 3-4 times daily