by Health Concerns

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Therapeutic Actions

Treats bacterial and viral infections that cause inflammation and fever, especially upper respiratory, colds, flu, and bronchitis

Chinese Therapeutic Effects

Clears wind and heat


Internal: 3 tablets, every two to four hours
90 tablets, 750 mg
Contraindications: Should notice results within 24 hours. If patient does not show improvement within 48 hours, consider an alternate formula. If taken over 10 days, effectiveness diminishes. The herbs are cold and can cause intestinal cramping.


Isatis extract leaf & root (da qing ye & ban lan gen), Echinacea root and leaf (Echinacea purpurea), Platycodon root (jie geng), Goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis), Ligusticum root (chuan xiong)


Isatis Gold is a combination of Western and Chinese herbs designed as an herbal antibiotic and anti-viral. Echinacea and goldenseal are used in combination to reduce swelling and treat inflammatory conditions of the upper respiratory tract. Isatis extract (da qing ye and ban lan gen) are widely studied and used in China as a broad-spectrum antibiotic and anti-viral agent. Platycodon (jie geng) is an anti-inflammatory herb that resolves phlegm, relieves cough, moistens the throat, and helps reduce pus. Platycodon (jie geng) and ligusticum (chuan xiong) direct the formula to the upper body. Ligusticum dispels wind and treats sinus congestion, sore throat, and headache.

Clinical Notes

  1. For colds/flu without fever, combine with ginger tea
  2. If patient has weak digestive systems or is constitutionally sensitive reduce dosage and combine with Quiet Digestion
  3. To prevent gum inflammations with bacterial causes
  4. Consider for colds, flu, bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections, encephalitis, mononucleosis, mumps, asthma, hepatitis A and B, herpes zoster, herpes simplex. Generally, this formula should not be used by itself for over 10 days for these problems
  5. Increased effectiveness has been reported with an initial dose of six tablets
  6. Do not use frequently or for prolonged periods
  7. See Health Concerns Newsletters: Vol. 3 No. 1b The History & Treatment of the Common Cold (Victor); Vol. 8 No. 2 Herbal Cold and Flu Relief (Gaeddert); Vol. 9 No. 4 Cold Away: A Remarkable New Formula for Colds & Flu (Cohen)

Additional Information

General Dosage is 2 of each formula, 4 times per day. Can be increased short term (1 to 2 weeks) to 6 tablets per day

  • For protracted cold/flu (beyond 5 days) use Ease 2 and Power Mushrooms
  • Use Astra C for prevention of colds and flu
  • Use Astra Isatis for treatment of chronic, low-grade infections
  • Use Coptis Purge Fire for acute herpes outbreak or mouth infection
  • Combine with Resinall K to treat gum inflammation due to bacterial cause
  • Combine with Quiet Digestion for gastrointestinal flu
  • Combine with Clear Air for bronchial infection
  • Combine with Tremella and American Ginseng for dry cough
  • Use Nasal Tabs and Coptis Purge Fire for ear and nose infections
  • Use Clear Heat with fever and viral infections

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