Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang - Decoction to tonify the middle & raise up Spleen Qi.
In TCVM, the middle organs are the Spleen & Stomach and they process food & produce Qi or the energy for the body to function.
With geriatric animals (dogs & horses) or those with chronic disease we see a pattern called sinking Qi. The Qi is not flowing upwards and outwards to support the body but sinks down to over control the Water element, Kidney & Bladder.
The Kidneys control not only the urine production & hormone balance as in western medicine but also influence the nerves & bones. When the Kidneys are over controlled by the sinking Spleen Qi we see paresis (weakness) in the limbs, muscle atrophy, incontinence of bowels & bladder and stagnation in the bladder meridian that runs up the hindlimbs, over the back and up to the head.
Many times we see this pattern with our geriatric patients with chronic arthritis of the hips & back. Over time they become weaker, may lose their appetite & have muscle atrophy.
We use this formula tonify the Earth element (Spleen/Stomach) and lift up the Qi to stop it from sinking down and damaging the Water element (Kidney/Bladder).
Ren Shen - Ginseng
Bai Zhu - Atractylodes
Huang Qi - Astragalus
Chen Pi - Citrus
Dang Gui - Angelica
Chai Hu - Bupleurum
Sheng Ma - Cimcifuga
Gan cao - Licorice
Dogs Give one 0.5 g capsule per 20 to 40 lbs of body weight twice daily
Horses Give 3 g twice per day
or as directed by Dr. Ying