* Excess-type constipation with red tongue, yellow tongue coat, and red face
* Food stagnation or indigestion with abdominal distension and pain
WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
* Strong laxative effect which treats moderate to severe constipation
* Emollient effect which lubricates the bowels and promotes normal peristalsis of intestines
* Increases intestinal peristalsis and removes food stagnation
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
* Relieves constipation
* Disperses lower abdominal distension and pain
* Purges accumulation of stagnant heat
Take 3 to 4 capsules three times daily with warm water. To avoid stomach discomfort for individuals with sensitive gastrointestinal tract, take the herbs with meals, or decrease dosage and increase frequency of intake. The recommended starting dosage is 2 capsules four times daily.
Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba)
Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei)
Fan Xie Ye (Folium Sennae)
Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis)
Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)
Tao Ren (Semen Persicae)
Zhi Shi (Fructus Aurantii Immaturus)
Constipation is the infrequent or incomplete passage of stools. The stools are usually dry and hard, and are difficult to pass even with straining. Individuals with constipation often have two or fewer bowel movements per week, and will usually have feelings of incomplete evacuation after bowel movement. Common causes of constipation include lack of exercise, insufficient intake of water and fiber, stress, overuse of laxatives, and use of certain drugs (opioids, antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anticholinergics).
Gentle Lax (Excess) is an herbal formula designed to treat patients with excess-type constipation. Excess-type constipation is defined as acute and severe constipation, constipation in young adults, constipation with abdominal distension or pain, or constipation in patients with a red tongue, red face, and yellow tongue coat.
Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei) is a strong purgative that clears heat and detoxifies. Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas) softens and facilitates the passage of stool. Zhi Shi (Fructus Aurantii Immaturus) and Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis) dissipate stagnation and reduce distension. Bai Shao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) nourishes blood and relieves abdominal or intestinal pain, which may be associated with constipation. Fan Xie Ye (Folium Sennae) and Tao Ren (Semen Persicae) are emollients used to lubricate the Large Intestine to facilitate the passage of stool.