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Knee & Ankle (AC)

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Knee & Ankle (AC)  is an excellent formula to treat acute injuries of the knees and ankles with accompanying swelling, inflammation, and pain.

CLINICAL APPLICATIONS

Acute knee and ankle injuries: sprain and strain, pain with swelling and inflammation

Acute leg injuries: damages to the soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilages and bones

* Soreness of the knee from repeated pressure and use of the knees, tendonitis, bursitis, sprain and strain, patellar tendonitis

WESTERN THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

* Analgesic effect to relieve pain

* Anti-inflammatory effect to reduce swelling and inflammation

* Antiarthritic effect to suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines

* Antirheumatic effect to protect against joint destruction

CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

* Clears heat

* Activates blood circulation

* Eliminates blood stasis

* Drains fluids

DOSAGE

Take 3 to 4 capsules three times daily. Dosage may be increased up to 5 to 6 capsules every four to six hours as needed. For quick and maximum effectiveness, take the herbs on an empty stomach with warm water.

INGREDIENTS

Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubrae)

Chuan Mu Xiang (Radix Vladimiriae)

Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathulae)

Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong)

Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei)

Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)

Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae)

Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis)

Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae)

Hong Hua (Flos Carthami)

Mo Yao (Myrrha)

Mu Gua (Fructus Chaenomelis)

Ru Xiang (Gummi Olibanum)

San Qi (Radix et Rhizoma Notoginseng)

Su Mu (Lignum Sappan)

Tao Ren (Semen Persicae)

Wu Yao (Radix Linderae)

Xu Duan (Radix Dipsaci)

Ze Lan (Herba Lycopi)

BACKGROUND

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue injuries lead to over 10 million clinic visits per year in the United States. Causes of these injuries may be external (sports injuries, car accidents, trauma), internal (chronic wear and tear of muscles, ligaments and tendons; bones weakened by osteoporosis), or both. Acute injuries are characterized by severe pain, swelling and inflammation, and in some cases, internal bleeding. Treatment of acute injuries should focus on relieving pain, reducing swelling and inflammation, and stopping bleeding. Chronic injuries are characterized by dull pain, stiffness and numbness, and decreased muscle mass and strength. Treatment of chronic injuries includes relief of pain and restoration of physical and physiological functions.

FORMULA EXPLANATION

Knee & Ankle (AC) is designed to treat disorders of the knee and ankle characterized by swelling, inflammation, and pain. It contains herbs that activate qi and blood circulation, eliminate qi and blood stasis, clear heat, and reduce swelling and inflammation.

In this formula, many herbs are used to activate qi and blood circulation. Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae) and Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) are used to tonify blood and activate blood circulation. Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae), Chuan Mu Xiang (Radix Vladimiriae) and Wu Yao (Radix Linderae) tonify qi and activate qi circulation. Furthermore, San Qi (Radix et Rhizoma Notoginseng), Ze Lan (Herba Lycopi), Tao Ren (Semen Persicae), Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubrae) and Hong Hua (Flos Carthami) activate blood circulation and eliminate blood stasis to treat pain. Ze Lan (Herba Lycopi) also has the ability to drain swelling associated with the inflammatory stage in acute pain conditions. Su Mu (Lignum Sappan), Xu Duan (Radix Dipsaci) and Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis) open peripheral channels and collaterals to relieve pain. Mu Gua (Fructus Chaenomelis) relaxes the muscles to treat cramps, spasms, and stiffness. It helps repair damaged tendons and ligaments. Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei) drains swelling and inflammation that often occur with acute physical injuries. It is one of the most commonly used herbs for acute trauma. Together, Ru Xiang (Gummi Olibanum) and Mo Yao (Myrrha) are used as a pair to dramatically reduce pain associated with external and trauma injuries. Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathulae) and Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis) act as channel-guiding herbs to direct the effect of the formula to the lower extremities and increase blood circulation to the area of the knees. Lastly, Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae) tonifies qi and harmonizes the formula.