Chinese name: Sai Mei An (sai may ahn)
Irritation to the stomach lining, gastric or duodenal ulcer without bleeding
Neutralizes excess stomach acid, stops pain, clears heat
Sai Mei An treats ulcers in the stomach or duodenum, decreasing excess stomach acid, relieving pain, and coating the stomach lining. It contains the powders of a variety of shells, such as oyster or clam, giving it an acid-neutralizing, astringent effect. It also contains borneol camphor (bing pian), which helps relieve pain.
Take this remedy on an empty stomach, about half an hour before meals. It coats the stomach lining, preventing irritation of the ulcer from digestive juices and food. To continue the healing process, continue taking Sai Mei An for two weeks after symptoms subside.
Sai Mei An can also be used topically for damp skin irritations, such as poison oak or ivy rash. Its astringent ingredients help dry out the vesicles, while the camphor relieves itching. To use topically, pour the contents of one or more capsules (depending on the surface area to be treated) into the palm of the hand; slowly drip water into the powder, and mix with a finger to form a paste. Dab the paste onto the rash and allow it to dry.
Dosage: 3 capsules, three times a day
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