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Treats anemia and blood deficiency. Taken for symptoms due to bone marrow suppression as caused by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Helps offset side effects from pharmaceuticals such as AZT, anti-tumor agents, and other drugs that suppress white blood cells (WBC) or red blood cells (RBC), e.g., chemotherapy. Helps regenerate blood following a blood transfusion. Useful for chronic pain and numbness

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This formula is based on the clinical experience of Misha Cohen, OMD, L.Ac., in treating persons with AIDS and cancer and who are receiving chemotherapeutic agents that suppress bone marrow function. It was originally designed based on raw herb formulas used to support people undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. This formula is often used in HIV-positive persons, as well as people with other immune disorders. It was researched at UCSF supported by a grant from the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine and Health Concerns.

The chief herb, spatholobus (ji xue teng), both vitalizes and tonifies blood. In China, this herb is commonly used during cancer therapy to stimulate bone marrow function when it is suppressed by radiation or chemotherapy. Ho-shou-wu nourishes the blood and replenishes liver and kidney essence. Salvia (dan shen) moves blood and eliminates blood stasis in addition to promoting the repair and regeneration of tissues. Codonopsis (dang shen) and astragalus (huang qi) replenish Qi and strengthen spleen and stomach function, which is necessary to the production of blood. Both herbs are used in China to increase white blood cell count. Codonopsis, in particular, is used in China to treat patients with low WBCs due to radiation or chemotherapy and is also administered to increase RBCs. The rehmannias (shu and sheng di huang) nourish essence and strengthen the kidney, so that blood is regenerated. Tang kuei (dang gui) is a strong blood tonic, and helps increase the body’s folic acid and vitamin B-12 levels, so that anemia is alleviated in many cases. Lycium (gou qi zi) nourishes the blood. Lotus seed (lian zi), citrus (chen pi), red date (da zao), and oryza (gu ya) strengthen the spleen and aid in the digestion of the formula’s herbs. Gelatinum (e jiao) strengthens the blood and essence and has been shown to increase RBCs and hemoglobin.

Clinical Notes

1. In order to boost bone marrow function, it is necessary to both vitalize and tonify blood, a specific action required for this type of anemia. Spleen qi and kidney yang should also be tonified. Combine with Backbone with cold signs. Use Astra Essence without cold signs. Enhance, Tremella and American Ginseng, Cordyceps PS and CordySeng may also be used in conjunction with Marrow Plus depending on the associated patterns

2. This formula may also be used for neuropathy, since salvia (dan shen) and other herbs in the formula are known to promote microcirculation

3. See Health Concerns Newsletters: Vol. 9 No. 3 Can Herbs Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients?  (Gaeddert); Vol. 12 No. 4 Diabetes II Complications of Diabetes (Gaeddert)


Supplement Facts

Ingredients: Proprietary Blend (650 mg per tablet) of: Spatholobus stem*, Hoshou- wu root*, Salvia root*, Codonopsis root*, Astragalus root*, Ligusticum root*, Rehmannia (raw & cooked) root*, Lycium fruit*, Tang Kuei root*, Lotus seed*, Citrus peel*, Red Date fruit*, Oryza sprout

Other ingredients: Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Cellulose, Sweet Potato

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