Kan Essentials Three Seeds Combination

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Kan Essentials Three Seeds Combination 

ABOUT THE HERBS

Three Seeds Combination (San Ren Tang) was first described in the Systematic Differentiation of Warm Diseases written by Wu Ju-Tong in 1798. It is one of the quintessential cat formulas, as well as a main formula to address the ubiquitous pattern of Damp Heat in small animals. The formula is designed to unblock the descent of Lung Qi, transform and dry Damp in the Middle Burner and Stomach, and drain Damp down to and out of the Lower Burner. The three herbs that fulfill this function in the formula are Apricot seed, Job’s tears seed and Chinese cardamom fruit. Apricot seed descends Lung Qiand Large Intestine Qi, helping to relieve cough and constipation. Job’s tears seed drains Damp from the Lower Burner and provides Spleen support. Chinese cardamom fruit transforms Damp and dries the Spleen and Stomach. The other herbs assist in facilitating the downward movement of Qi and fluids. Magnolia bark and ginger cured Pinellia rhizome address distention of the abdomen due to Damp and Phlegm accumulation, and reorder the normal descent of Stomach and abdominal Qi. Japanese helwingia pith, Lopatherum herb and Talc promote urination and clear Heat. Lopatherum herb cools the Heart in particular. The ability of the formula to address Damp Heat is reminiscent of Four Marvels (Si Miao San), but Three Seeds Combination is designed for animals where the Heat signs are not yet strongly developed.

CHINESE HERBAL ACTIONS

Dispels Damp Heat with internal Damp accumulation already present.

PHYSICAL INDICATIONS

• Promotes a healthy urinary system.

• Occasional agitation.

• Occasional itch, greasy coat.

• Heat intolerance.

• Occasional constipation.

• Occasional eye discharges.

• Occasional moist or productive cough.

PULSE

Wiry, or thin, slippery and weak.

TONGUE

Greasy coat.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

None; safe for long-term use.

INGREDIENTS

Pinyin Name

Common Name

Xing ren

Apricot seed

Yi yi ren

Job's tears seed

Hua shi

Talc

Jiang ban xia

Ginger cured pinellia rhizome

Bai dou kou

Chinese cardamom fruit

Dan zhu ye

Lophatherum herb

Hou po

Magnolia bark

Xiao tong cao

Japanese helwingia pith

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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  • After evaporating off the alcohol, do I add water or administrator as is? Lost my vets instructions...

    Thank you for your question!

    While the herbal extracts can be given as-is, some vets recommend strategies to make them more palatable. 

    Here are a couple of those strategies: 

    1) Add water or broth to the herbal extract. 

    2) Small doses can be hidden in canned food or ground meat

    3) If your pet takes pills, you can add the herbal extract to a capsule. 

    4) Simmer the extract in a pan on very low heat to evaporate off the alcohol. Initially, the aroma of alcohol will be strong - once it becomes barely detectable, remove the liquid from the heat and replace it in the bottle. Then, refrigerate the bottle.

    We hope these ideas help increase the palatability of herbal extracts for your pet!