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Sand's emendation focuses on Helene as a "purified" Gretchen as Fuller has it, "raised above all past delusions, worthy to redeem and upbear the wise man who stumbled into the pit of error while searching for truth" (Memoirs 1:248).
However, based on a passage from the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (Divine Husbandman's Materia Medica Classic) which says that this ingredient boosts the qi, he believes that it has some ability to also supplement the qi and upbear the clear.
Sheng Ma and Chai Hu upbear and lift clear yang as well as outthrust and scatter depressive heat.