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Title:  Herbal formulation which acts as an intestinal bowel soother

United States Patent:  6,613,362

Issued:  September 2, 2003

Inventors:  Watson; Tommy Stanley (Dunedin, FL); Watson; Brenda F. (Dunedin, FL)

Assignee:  Renew Life Formulas, Inc. (Clearwater, FL)

Appl. No.:  041314

Filed:  January 8, 2002

Abstract

An herbal formulation which acts as an intestinal bowel soother is disclosed which comprises: slippery elm bark; German chamomile flower; fenugreek seed; fennel seed; skullcap herb; cranberry fruit; peppermint leaf; a mixture of Chinese herbs, comprising atractylodes root, capillary artemisia herb, codonopsis root, Job's tears seed, schisandra fruit, agastache whole plant, Chinese licorice root, Chinese thoroughwax, ginger root, Korean ash branches bark, magnolia bark, phellodendron bark, poria cocos root, psyllium seed, Chinese goldthread, Chinese white peony root, costus root, silver root, tangerine peel, and angelica root; and methylsulfonylmethane.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordant with the present invention, a beneficial herbal formulation has surprisingly been discovered. It comprises the following ingredients:

slippery elm bark;

German chamomile flower;

fenugreek seed;

fennel seed;

skullcap herb;

cranberry fruit;

peppermint leaf;

a mixture of Chinese herbs, comprising atractylodes root, capillary artemisia herb, codonopsis root, Job's tears seed, schisandra fruit, agastache whole plant, Chinese licorice root, Chinese thoroughwax, ginger root, Korean ash branches bark, magnolia bark, phellodendron bark, poria cocos root, psyllium seed, Chinese goldthread, Chinese white peony root, costus root, silver root, tangerine peel, and angelica root; and methylsulfonylmethane.

The herbal formulation according to the present invention is useful as a food supplement, and additionally may be particularly useful as an intestinal bowel soother for those who experience irritable bowel syndrome.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The present invention is directed to an herbal formulation useful as a food supplement and as an intestinal bowel soother, comprising: slippery elm bark; German chamomile flower; fenugreek seed; fennel seed; skullcap herb; cranberry fruit; peppermint leaf; a mixture of Chinese herbs, comprising atractylodes root, capillary artemisia herb, codonopsis root, Job's tears seed, schisandra fruit, agastache whole plant, Chinese licorice root, Chinese thoroughwax, ginger root, Korean ash branches bark, magnolia bark, phellodendron bark, poria cocos root, psyllium seed, Chinese goldthread, Chinese white peony root, costus root, silver root, tangerine peel, and angelica root; and methylsulfonylmethane.

Slippery elm bark (ulmus rubra) is a well-known herb used to counteract inflammation and relieve gastro-intestinal irritation. Slippery elm bark may be present in the inventive formulation at a concentration ranging from about 5 to about 20 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of slippery elm bark is about 12.5 weight percent.

German chamomile flower (matricaria recutita) is a well-known herb which acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-allergenic agent. German chamomile flower may be present in the inventive formulation at a concentration ranging from about 5 to about 20 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of German chamomile flower is about 12.5 weight percent.

Fenugreek seed (trigonelia foenum-graecum) is a well-known herb used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic compound. Fenugreek seed may be present in the inventive formulation at a concentration ranging from about 2 to about 15 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of fenugreek seed is about 6.2 weight percent.

Fennel seed (foeniculum vulgare) is a well-known herb which acts to prevent gas and upset stomach, inhibit spasms in smooth muscles, and reduce pain and fever. Fennel seed may be present in the inventive formulation at a concentration ranging from about 2 to about 15 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of fennel seed is about 6.2 weight percent.

Skullcap herb (sculellaria lateriflora) is a well-known herb used as a sedative and antispasmodic agent. Skullcap herb may be present in the inventive formulation at a concentration ranging from about 2 to about 15 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of skullcap herb is about 6.2 weight percent.

Cranberry fruit (vaccinium macrocarpon) is a well-known herb which acts as an astringent to tone and restrict tissue mucosal discharges. Cranberry fruit may be present in the inventive formulation at a concentration ranging from about 1 to about 8 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of cranberry fruit is about 3.2 weight percent.

Peppermint leaf (menthe piperita) is a well-known herb used to treat gas and indigestion and to ease intestinal cramping. Peppermint leaf may be present in the inventive formulation at a concentration ranging from about 1 to about 8 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of peppermint leaf is about 3.2 weight percent.

The inventive formulation also comprises a mixture of traditional Chinese herbs. The combination of these Chinese herbs with Western herbs uniquely provides a formulation that sooths the colon, normalizes stool formation, and supports the normal functioning of the bowel. The mixture of Chinese herbs comprises atractylodes root (bai zhu), capillary artemisia herb (yin chen hao), codonopsis root (dang shen), Job's tears seed (yi yi ren), schisandra fruit (wu wei zi), agastache whole plant (huo xiang), Chinese licorice root (zhi gan cao), Chinese thoroughwax (chai hu), ginger root (pao jiang), Korean ash branches bark (gin pi), magnolia bark (hou po), phellodendron bark (huang bai), poria cocos root (fu ling), psyllium seed (che gian zi), Chinese goldthread (huang lian), Chinese white peony root (bai shao), costus root (mu xiang), silver root (fang feng), tangerine peel (chen pi), and angelica root (bai zhi). The concentration of each of these Chinese herbs, as a percentage of the total weight of the mixture of Chinese herbs, may individually range from about 1 weight percent to about 20 weight percent. The mixture of Chinese herbs, as a percentage of the total weight of the inventive herbal formulation, may be present at a concentrations ranging from about 25 weight percent to about 60 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of the mixture of Chinese herbs is about 37.5 weight percent.

Finally, methylsulfonylmethane, a well-known naturally organic sulfur compound present in the tissues of all plants, animals, and humans, is present in the inventive herbal formulation. The methylsulfonylmethane may be present at a concentration ranging from about 5 weight percent to about 20 weight percent. Preferably, the concentration of methylsulfonylmethane is about 12.5 weight percent.

The aforementioned ingredients may be dried, ground, and mixed together by conventional techniques. Thereafter, the powder mixture may be pressed into tablets or placed in gelatin capsules for oral administration. The inventive herbal formulation may also contain conventional food supplement fillers and extenders such as, for example, rice flour. Conveniently, the inventive herbal formulation may be taken orally at a dosage rate ranging from about 200 to about 2,500 milligrams per day. Preferably, the dosage rate, effective as a food supplement and an intestinal bowel soother, ranges from about 1,400 milligrams per day to about 1,800 milligrams per day.

This invention is more easily comprehended by reference to the specific embodiments recited hereinabove which are representative of the invention. It must be understood, however, that the specific embodiments are provided only for the purpose of illustration, and that the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically illustrated without departing from its spirit and scope.

Claim 1 of 33 Claims

What is claimed is:

1. An herbal formulation which acts as an intestinal bowel soother, comprising effective amounts of:

slippery elm bark;

German chamomile flower;

fenugreek seed;

fennel seed;

skullcap herb;

cranberry fruit;

peppermint leaf;

a mixture of Chinese herbs comprising atractylodes root, capillary artemisia herb, codonopsis root, Job's tears seed, schisandra fruit, agastache whole plant, Chinese licorice root, Chinese thoroughwax, ginger root, Korean ash branches bark, magnolia bark, phellodendron bark, poria cocos root, psyllium seed, Chinese goldthread, Chinese white peony root, costus root, silver root, tangerine peel, and angelica root; and methylsulfonylmethane.




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