Appetite Boost

Appetite Boost

  • Appetite Boost (San Ren Tang)

    Herbal CreaturesAppetite Boost is a high potency formula containing herbs traditionally used to treat fever, digestive disorders, fatigue, weight loss, and generalised pain.

    A blend of herbs used for:

    • Supporting the digestive system and gastrointestinal health, treating gastroenteritis, non-specific dyspepsia (indigestion) and IBS
    • Acute headaches, fever, fever of unknown origin, loss of appetite
    • Reducing the severity of infectious diseases, such as urinary tract infections, pyelonephritis, hepatitis, brucellosis and pneumonia
    • Dermatitis and chronic otitis
    • How it works

      Appetite Boost is based on a Chinese herbal formula called San Ren Tang, used to relieve symptoms such as headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss and generalised pain.

      Clinical studies suggest that this formula reduces the severity of digestive disorders, such as gastroenteritis, colitis and bacterial dysentery.

      Traditional understanding

      Semen Armeniacae Amarum regulates the Lung Qi and allows it to descend, improving the both the intake and distribution of oxygen, Fructus Amomi Rotundus aromatically arouses the spleen and pancreas and transforms dampness (turbid fluid accumulation), firing up the digestive system. It also loosens the chest. Semen Coicis drains dampness by promoting urination, and simultaneously strengthens the spleen and pancreas function. Medulla Tetrapanacis, Herba Lophatheri, and Talcum also clear dampness and heat via the urination. In addition, Talcum clears summer heat and Medulla Tetrapanacis aids in directing the lung Qi downward (improving oxygen intake). Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis and Rhizoma Pinelliae transform phlegm and eliminate dampness by activating Qi (oxygen) circulation as well as reducing nausea and abdominal distension.


      This formula is used to treat damp-heat (hot and turbid/purulent) conditions characterized by more dampness than heat, especially chronic dampness conditions. It is not suitable for hot and dry patterns. As many of the herbs act to eliminate dampness via the urination, urinary frequency may increase.


    • Pharmaceutical Name

      Pinyin Name

      Dosage (Gram)

      Fructus Amomi Rotundus

      Bai Dou Kou


      Herba Lophatheri

      Dan Zhu Ye


      Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis

      Hou Po



      Hua Shi


      Medulla Tetrapanacis

      Tong Cao


      Semen Armeniacae Amarum

      Xing Ren


      Semen Coicis

      Yi Yi Ren


      Rhizoma Pinelliae Preparatum

      Zhi Ban Xia


    • Directions for use

      • Take 3 spoons (9 grams) once daily in wet food.
        Acute symptoms: Take 3 spoons (9 grams), 3 times daily in wet food.
      • For all ages and weights, an extra dose may be taken to enhance results or as professionally advised.
      • Always consult with a qualified veterinary practitioner before taking herbal medicines and nutritional supplements.
      • Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your veterinary practitioner.


      Chen, John K et al (Chinese Herbal Formulas for Veterinarians), 2012; 880-882.