Chinese Medicine of Idaho

Patent Formulas & Topical Products

On this page you'll find some of the most widely effective patent formulas that we use. 

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: To order any of the patent formulas or topicals listed, please send an email to Specify the product(s) and quantity to order, and include your mailing address. You will receive a secure online invoice through Square in your email, and once it's paid your order will be filled. Shipping varies based on order size and distance, starts at $5. 

What are patent formulas?

If you are new to Chinese herbal medicine, it's important to understand that Chinese Medicine treatment is most effective when treatment is administered with individualized formulas that take into account all the health factors of the individual. This means that with 10 patients who get headaches, we may use 10 separate formula treatment methods. This is foundational to Chinese Medicine treatment. However - over time we have found that certain formulations for certain conditions are effective in a wide range of people. That is what a patent formula is - a generalized formula that does not take into account individual health factors, but is nonetheless effective in many cases. 

Disclaimer: Chinese herbal medicine is very safe, and patent formulas are designed to be effective and also gentle enough not to exacerbate underlying conditions (e.g. hypertension, acid reflux, etc) - but without evaluation we can't be certain a patent formula is right for you. If it is not effective, that does not mean Chinese herbal medicine won't work for you. What it means is that you likely need individualized treatment. Patent formulas are not recommended if you have a severe medical condition, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. For individualized treatment, skip the store and schedule a telemedicine evaluation. Active patients save 20% on individualized formulas. 

Patent Formula Dosage​: a 100 gram bottle of 5:1 concentrated granule extract lasts 1 to 2 weeks. Take 5 spoons (7.5 grams) twice/day for over 1 week for strongest effect. Take 2.5 spoons (3.75 grams) twice/day over 2 weeks for moderate effect. Granule extracts are generally dissolved in warm water and taken as a tea, though they can also be mixed with food or applesauce. 

Tea Formulas


Boise Allergy Rx        

100 grams 5:1 concentrated granule extract  $45

For the past 2 years, this formulation has proven effective at reducing allergy symptoms for many Treasure Valley residents for seasonal allergies affecting the eyes, nose, and throat. 

Indications: itchy, red, watery eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, sinus congestion, headaches. 

Ingredients: Ju Hua, Chai Hu, Huang Qin, Ren Shen, Ban Xia, Sheng Jiang, Da Zao, Zhi Gan Cao, Gui Zhi, Bai Shao, Chuan Xiong, Wu Wei Zi, Cang Er Zi, Bai Zhi, Xin Yi Hua, Cha Ye, Jing Jie, Fang Feng, Bo He, Fang Feng, Qiang Huo. 

Immune Support: Seasonal

100 5:1 grams concentrated granule extract  $45

Based on two major classical formulas for supporting immune function against viral pathogens affecting the respiratory and digestive tracts, Xiao Chai Hu Tang and Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San, this formula is especially suited to this flu season that is characterized by pathogens that arise from a warm winter and cold spring. 

Indications: immune regulation, tendency to loose stool, nausea, poor appetite, lingering viral infections. 

Ingredients: Chai Hu, Huang Qin, Ren Shen, Ban Xia, Sheng Jiang, Da Zao, Zhi Gan Cao, Gui Zhi, Bai Shao, Ge Gen, Huo Xiang, Zi Su Ye, Cang Zhu, Qiang Huo, Yi Yi Ren.  

Menses Pain Rx

100 grams 5:1 concentrated granule extract  $45

Our patent formula for menstrual pain is based on Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, a formula that has been helping reduce and eliminate menstrual pain and irregularity for centuries. We have yet to meet a woman with menstrual pain that did not improve with Chinese herbal treatment. Patent formulas are not recommended for severe excessive menstrual bleeding or to be taken during pregnancy.  

Indications: menstrual pain from mild to severe, endometriosis, cramping during ovulation, pain that is better with heat, cold extremities, dark menstrual blood, blood clots in menstrual blood, irregular periods.

Ingredients: Gui Zhi, Fu Ling, Tao Ren, Chi Shao, Mu Dan Pi, Xiang Fu, Dang Gui, Chuan Xiong, San Leng, E Zhu, Yan Hu Suo. 

Neck pain & Headache

100 grams 5:1 concentrated granule extract  $45

This patent formula has been effective at reducing pain in multiple types of neck and headache conditions. We've seen relief from tension headaches, sinus headaches, and migraines, and neck pain ranging from muscle tension to bone spurs to disk compression. 

Indications: headaches and migraines: occipital, temporal, frontal, behind eyes, sinus. Neck pain: tight, sharp, dull or pulling pain. Acute and chronic pain. 

Ingredients: Flex SPR, Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San, Ge Gen Tang, Xiao Yao San. 

Stress Rx: Xiao Yao San +

100 grams 5:1 concentrated granule extract  $45

Xiao Yao San is perhaps the most widely used patent in the US, and for good reason. The name, translates to Free and Easy Wanderer, a reference to classical fable in which a wandering saint taught the value of being able to let go of attachments and obstacles and continue moving forward through life. Xiao Yao San mainly focuses on harmonizing the liver and digestive organs and is greatly improved by adding herbs that directly support the heart - Dan Shen, He Huan Pi, Mai Men Dong, and Wu Wei Zi. Additionally, the concentrated granule form gives you a much more effective dosage at lower cost per gram than most other patents on the market. 

Indications: stress, tension, teeth clenching, tight neck and shoulders, irritability, mood swings in men and women, irregular periods, and being quarantined. 

Ingredients: Xiao Yao San, Mai Men Dong, Wu Wei Zi, Dan Shen, He Huan Pi. 

Peaceful Sleep: An Mian Tang

100 grams 5:1 concentrated granule extract  $45

Good sleep can be hard to come by, and chronic insomnia can be one of the most complicated conditions to treat with any form of medicine. In general we recommend individualized treatment for sleep disorders, as the root cause can range widely, from digestive disorders to hormone imbalance to respiratory problems to heart disease. For long term success, addressing the root cause is essential for resolving chronic insomnia. This patent formula, however, is designed to help deepen sleep regardless of the cause. Think of it as a place to start with chronic insomnia, or a helpful tool for mild and occasional sleeplessness. In most people this formula does not cause daytime sleepiness. 

Indications: sleeplessness, insomnia, excessive dreaming, nightmares, light sleep. 

Ingredients: Ye Jiao Teng, He Huan Pi, Dan Shen

Autoimmune Stage 1

100 grams 5:1 concentrated granule extract  $45

Autoimmune conditions have a wide range of presentations and root causes. What nearly all autoimmune patients share, however, is immune dysregulation and digestive imbalance. This is the basis of stage one of the autoimmune protocol: regulate immune response, balance digestive function and microbiome, and assist the body's detox pathways to remove metabolic waste. The autoimmune protocol is not the best treatment for all patients, but has been helpful in many different autoimmune disorders. Consider this a good place to start, and also consider individualized treatment for the best results. 

Indications: autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia, body pain, fatigue, chills, aversion to wind and cold, cold extremities, irregular digestion, irregular bowel movements, dysautonomia, alternating feeling hot and cold, symptoms come and go. 

Ingredients: Xiao Chai Hu Tang, Ge Gen Tang, Yi Yi Ren. 

Topical Products for Pain Relief


Arnica Oil

2 oz bottle $24

This high-grade Arnica oil is produced by Five Flavor Herbs. It's the best quality arnica oil we've found on the market. Arnica oil is well known for reducing inflammation, soothing joint pain, and reducing swelling. What many people don't know, is that arnica oil is a completely different product than arnica gels or homeopathic arnica. Homeopathic arnica is made by a process that reduces active biochemical compounds to a fractional amount to concentrate only the "energetic" nature of the plant. Herbal arnica oil does the opposite, concentrating as much of the active biochemical compounds as possible. While many people have found homeopathic arnica to be helpful, we have found this to be much more effective - many years, injuries, and arthritis patients later. 

Indications: pain, arthritis, injuries, bruises, sprains, aches, inflammation.      Note: do not apply to broken skin. 

Spirit Bone Water Liniment

2 oz bottle $20

Pain & Trauma Oil

2 oz bottle $24

If you're new to topical herbal products, a liniment is an alcohol-based herbal concentrate. Ethanol is particularly effective at extracting certain herbal compounds, especially resins like the anti-inflammatory resins in frankincense and myrrh for example and ethanol also helps these herbal compounds absorb into the skin. Spirit Bone Water is our in-house liniment for pain relief. The name is translated from Chinese, Ling Gu Shui - derived from the name of an acupuncture point which is highly effective for the treatment of pain. Liniment formulas like these have been used for centuries to treat injuries, pain, and speed up healing time. Martial artists have long used them to recover faster from injuries incurred during sparring and training. Our formula contains herbs that invigorate blood circulation, reduce pain, decrease inflammation, and strengthen tendons. Spirit Bone Water is used on patients daily in our acupuncture clinic to help reduce pain and speed up healing time.


Indications: pain, arthritis, injuries, bruises, sprains, aches, inflammation, tendon weakness.   

Ingredients: Dang Gui, Chuan Xiong, Hong Hua, Mo Yao, San Qi, Zhi Fu Zi, Xu Duan, Yin Yang Huo, Chuan Jiao, Hu Zhang, Bing Pian, Organic Cane Alcohol. 

Pain & Trauma oil is our in-house topical pain relief formula in an oil based topical. Our Pain & Trauma Oil combines the best of Western and Chinese herbal medicine. Local western herbs arnica, St. John's wort, and mullein complement the Chinese herbs from our Spirit Bone Water formula to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling and invigorate blood circulation to speed up healing time and help the body remove metabolic waste and dead tissue from injury sites. We add wintergreen essential oil for it's well known anti-inflammatory power as well as it's pleasant aroma. Like our Spirit Bone Water formula, this oil is used daily in our acupuncture clinic to help patients reduce pain and speed recovery. 

Indications: Indications: pain, arthritis, injuries, bruises, sprains, aches, inflammation. 

Ingredients: Arnica, St. John's Wort, Mullein, Tao Ren, Hong Hua, Ru Xiang, Mo Yao, Ai Ye, Yan Hu Suo, Chuan Jiao, Hu Zhang, Zhang Nao, Wintergreen Essential Oil, Organic Grapeseed Oil. 

Capsule & Pill Formulas


Yunnan Baiyao 

box of 16, 250 mg capsules    $20

bottle of 4 grams powder        $15

Yunnan Baiyao is a famous trauma formula that was originally popularized during the Sino-Japanese War where it was used to treat gunshot and stab wound traumas of soldiers. Commonly used to stop bleeding, reduce pain, promote wound healing, reduce swelling, and encourage healthy blood circulation after physical trauma, Yunnan Baiyao is often used to shorten recovery time after surgeries and injuries. This formulas is also frequently recommended by veterinarians to treat internal bleeding disorders in cats and dogs. 

Indications: trauma, bleeding, cuts, bruising, post-surgical recovery, swelling, insect bites. 

Note: this is the standardized product made by Yunnan Baiyao Group Co., Ltd

Dan Shen Dripping Pills

1 bottle, 180 pills    $30

Dan Shen Dripping pills, or Fu Fang Dan Shen Pian, is a formulation that has been extensively researched for cardiovascular conditions including angina and coronary artery disease. Dan Shen, the major herb in the formula, is known for decreasing cardiovascular inflammation, improving blood circulation, and reducing atheroslerotic plaque formation. Research has shown Dan Shen Dripping pills to be more effective than isosorbide in treatment of angina pectoris, and to decrease C reactive protein and reduce risk of stroke. Should not be taken in conjunction with blood thinning medications like warfarin. Cardiovascular conditions should be managed under supervision of a medical doctor and trained Chinese Medicine practitioner.  

Ingredients: Dan Shen, San Qi, Bing Pian

Note: this is the standardized product made by Tianjin Tasly Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. They are small pills designed to be dissolved under the tongue. 

Chinese Medicine of Idaho

6540 W Emerald St, Suite 100

Boise ID, 83704


Sean Dugan L.Ac.

208  953  7690


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