Acne Formula

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An Chang Ling

Formulations that treat acne are generally based on Pi Pa Qing Fei Yin (Eriobortya Formula to Clear Heat from the Lung) from the Golden Mirror of Medicine, 1742, mainly due to the versatile nature of the major ingredient: Eriobotrya leaf (pi pa ye). This herb, the leaf of the loquat tree, clears Heat and Phlegm from the Lung and Stomach. In addition it sends the Qi downwards and thus stops pathogenic Heat from rising up to the face. In order to cover the additional pathologies of Heat Toxin and Blood stasis, which appear in the more severe forms of this disorder, several modifications have been made.

The combination of Lonicera flower (jin yin hua) and Forsythia fruit (lian qiao) clear Heat Toxin from the skin and are supported by Scutellaria root (huang qin), Rehmannia root (sheng di huang) and Gardenia fruit (shan zhi zi). Scutellaria not only clears Heat Toxin in the upper body, it also has demonstrated anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic actions. Rehmannia cools the Blood and has a moistening action on the skin. Gardenia promotes the discharge of Heat through the urine. Salvia root (dan shen) and red Paeonia root (chi shao) are included to help prevent scarring due to their Blood activating and stasis dispelling actions. In addition, they are also cooling and assist the other herbs to reach their target by promoting microcirculation.

Finally, several herbs have a demonstrated anti-lipemic action and some of these have been found useful in treating skin disorders that are characterised by an excess of oily secretions, such as acne. The ones that are used in this formula are: Crataegus fruit (shan zha), Salvia root (dan shen), Lonicera flower (jin yin hua) and Glycyrrhiza root (gan cao).


Clears Heat from the Lung and Stomach, clears Heat Toxin, clears Heat and cools the Blood, activates the Blood and dispels stasis (to prevent scarring).


Acne vulgaris.


Comedones (open and/or closed), Inflammatory papules and pustules, Localised itching, burning, and possibly also pain, Nodules and cysts may also be present, Tongue is red, tongue coat yellow and may also be greasy (normal in mild cases), Pulse is rapid and wiry or rapid and slippery (normal in mild cases)


Mild cases (comedones only): 3 - 4 capsules, 2 - 3 times daily, Moderate cases (papulopustular): 3 - 4 capsules, 3 times daily, Severe cases (nodulocystic): 5 capsules, 3 times daily

Course of treatment: 3 - 6 months

Safe to use long term


Avoid coffee, deep fried foods, high glycemic foods and hydrogenated fats. Minimise consumption of saturated fats and red meat. The affected areas should be kept clean.

Caution for those on anti-coagulant medications (i.e. Heparin, warfarin or aspirin).

Do not take at the same time of day as iron supplements as the tannins in crataegus fruit interfere with the absorption of iron.

Contains Glycyrrhiza, which potentiates prednisone and corticosteroids by prolonging


Each 300mg capsule contains extract equiv. to dry:

Eriobotrya japonica, leaf (pi pa ye) 191.2mg

Scutellaria baicalensis, root (huang qin) 191.2mg

Salvia miltiorrhiza, root (dan shen) 191.2mg

Paeonia obovata, root (chi shao) 191.2mg

Gardenia jasminoides, fruit (shan zhi zi) 191.2mg

Lonicera japonica, flower (jin yin hua) 191.2mg

Forsythia suspensa, fruit (lian qiao) 191.2mg

Rehmannia glutinosa, root (sheng di huang) 191.2mg

Crataegus pinnatifida, fruit (shan zha) 191.2mg

Glycyrrhiza uralensis, root (gan cao) 79.6mg

High strength herbal capsules. Innovative formulas for modern conditions. 78 capsules per bottle.



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