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Table 3 Ten most commonly used herbal formulae prescribed by CM practitioners for treating mental disorders, diseases of the nervous system and sense organs (total prescriptions: 1901)

From: Patterns of Chinese medicine use in prescriptions for treating Alzheimer’s disease in Taiwan

Herbal formulae English name Average formulae dose (g/day) Ren-Shen CHF dose (g/day) Ren-Shen herbs (g/day) Dang-Qui CHF dose (g/day) Dang-Qui herbs (g/day) Frequency of prescriptions (%)
Bu-Zhong-Yi-Qi-Tang Center-supplementing Qi-boosting decoction 5.3 1.4 8.0 0.9 5.6 629 (33.1)
Ji-Sheng-Shen-Qi-Wan Life saver kidney Qi Pill 5.1 538 (28.3)
Ma-Zi-Ren-Wan Cannabis fruit pill 4.8 511 (26.9)
Tian-Wang-Bu-Xin-Dan Celestial emperor heart-supplementing elixir 4.2 0.7 4.0 1.3 8.1 476 (25)
Gan-Mai-Da-Zao-Tang Licorice, wheat, and jujube decoction 3.9 421 (22.1)
Sheng-Mai-San Pulse-engendering powder 2.6 1.5 8.6 396 (20.8)
Tian-Ma-Gou-Teng-Yin Gastrodia and uncaria beverage 5.5 381 (20)
Liu-Wei-Di-Huang-Wan Six-ingredient rehmannia pill 2.1 336 (17.7)
Qi-Bao-Mei-Ran-Dan Seven-jewel beard-blackening elixir 3.5 0.9 5.6 284 (14.9)
Tao-Hong-Si-Wu-Tang Peach Kernel and Carthamus four agents decoction 2.2 0.4 2.5 258 (13.6)