Gui Pi Pian (Wan) strengthens the spleen and the heart, nourishes blood and Qi, and calms the mind.† How it acts in modern biochemical terms is not yet understood. Gui Pi Wan has been indicated in China Pharmacopoeia1 for use in heart and spleen deficiency, palpitation, short of breath, insomnia, forgetfulness, difficulty focusing, dizziness, weakness, and poor appetite. † Below are highlights of some applications of Gui Pi Wan from published and unpublished studies.
• Insomnia, forgetfulness, and other complaints due to overwork, study, or mental stress. Subjects may feel overwhelmed by work, have trouble falling asleep, forgetful, difficulty focusing, restless sleep, fatigue, and experience a loss of appetite. In a clinical study involving 100 such cases, improvement was observed in 91 cases after the subject took Gui Pi Tang.2
• Anemia. In a study, 24 out of 24 aplastic anemia patients showed improved level of hemoglobin.2
• Platelet reduction (Purpura). Platelet counts were restored in 25 out of 35 cases in a study. 2
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Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Semen Ziziphi Spinosae
Radix Astragali Membranacei
Radix Codonopsis Pilosulae
Arillus Euphoriae Longanae
Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae
Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis Recens
Radix Aucklandiae Lappae
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Gui Pi Pian (Wan) is a mild tonic and therefore it takes time before its effects become apparent. It may take one month or more before symptoms begin to improve. An initial course of treatment is suggested as 4 - 6 bottles taken at the full dose.
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