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Formulas that regulate Qi


Improving Qi circulation

Yue Ju Wan promotes the movement of Qi, releases stagnation, depression, wood attack earth


Yue Ju Wan - Dan xi xin fa

Cang Zhu (rhizoma atractylodis)

Chuan Xiong (radix ligustici chuanxiong)

Xiang Fu (rhizoma cyperi rotundi)

Shan Zhi Zi (fructus gardeniae jasminoidis)

Shen Qu (massa fermentata)

*Equal amounts of each, powder.

Indications: focal distension, stifling sensation in the chest and abdomen, fixed pain in the hypochondria, belching, vomiting, acid regurgitation, mild coughing with copious sputum, reduced appetite, poor digestion.


Ban Xia Hou Po Tang moves Qi (Liver Qi stagnation), eliminates clumps, push rebel Qi down, transform Phlegm

Ban Xia Hou Po Tang - Jin gui yao lue

Ban Xia (rhizoma pinelliae ternatae)9-12g

Hou Po (cortex magnoliae officinalis)9g

Fu Ling (sclerotium poiae cocos)12g

Sheng Jiang (rhizoma zingiberis officinalis recins)15g

Zi Su Ye (folium perillae frutescentis)6g

Indications: plum-pit syndrome, chest and hypochondriac distension, moist or greasy tongue coat, wiry slow or wiry slippery pulse, may also be coughing or vomiting.



Zhi Shi Xie Bai Gui Zhi Tang severe stabbing painful obstruction of the chest, Cold Phlegm Chest Bi

Hou Po

Xie Bai

Zhi Shi

Gui Zhi

Gua Lou

Indications: bronchial fullness, fullness and chest pain, hypochondriac pain, coldness, angina


Hou Po Wen Zhong Tang warms mid Jiao, moves Qi, dries Damp, eliminates fullness, cold/damp with Qi stagnation

Hou Po Wen Zhong Tang - Nei wai shang bian huo lun

Hou Po (cortex magnoliae officinalis)30g

Cao Dou Kou (semen apliniae kataumadai)15g

Chen Pi (pericarpium citri reticulatae)30g

Mu Xiang (radix aucklandiae lappae)15g

Gan Jiang (rhizoma zingiberis officinalis)2.1g

Fu Ling (sclerotium poriae cocos)15g

Zhi Gan Cao (honey fried radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)15g

*Can take up to 15g before meals as a draft with a slice of ginger.

Indications: epigastric and abdominal distension or fullness, no appetite, weak limbs, loose stools, white slippery tongue coat.


Tian Tai Wu Yao San soothe Liver Qi, disperse cold, relieves pain, hernia

Tian Tai Wu Yao San - Yi xue fa ming

Wu Yao (radix linderae strychnifoliae)15g

Mu Xiang (radix aucklandiae lappae)15g

Xiao Hui Xiang (dry fried fructus foeniculi vulgaris)15g

Qing Pi (pericarpium citri reticulatae virde)15g

Gao Liang Jiang (rhizoma alpiniae officinari)15g

Bing Lang (semen arecae catechu)12-15g

Jin Ling Zi (fructus meliae toosendan)12-15g

Da Dou (semen croton tiglii)15g

*Special preparation is involved because of the presence of Ba Dou.

Indications: low abdominal pain radiating to the testicles, pale tongue with white coat. deep and slow or wiry pulse.



Direct Qi downward

Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang redirects rebel Qi, stops wheezing & cough, warms & transforms Phlegm-Cold

Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang - Tai ping hui min he ji ju fang

Su Zi (fructus perillae frutescentis)75g

Ban Xia (rhizoma pinelliae ternatae)75g

Dang Gui (radix angelicae sinensis)45g

Zhi Gan Cao (honey fried radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)60g

Hou Po (cortex magnoliae officinalis)30g

Qian Hu (radix peucedani)30g

Rou Gui (cortex cinnamomi cassiae)45g

Indications: coughing and wheezing with copious watery sputum, chest & diaphragm distension, shortness of breath (difficult inhalation, easy exhalation), white tongue coat that is either slippery or greasy, low back/knee pain or weakness, edema, fatigue.


Ding Chuan Tang expand Lung & push down rebel Lung Qi, arrest wheezing, clear Heat, transform Phlegm

Ding Chuan Tang - Fu shou jing fang

Yin Xing (semen ginkgo bilobae)9g

Ma Huang (herba ephedrae)9g

Su Zi (fructus perillae frutescentis)6g

Gan Cao (radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)3g

Kuan Dong Hua (flos tussilaginis farfarae)9g

Xing Ren (semen pruni armeniacae)4.5g

Sang Bai Pi (cortex mori albae radicis)9g

Huang Qin (radix scutellariae)4.5g

Ban Xia (rhizoma pinelliae ternatae)9g

Indications: coughing and wheezing with copious thick yellow sputum, laboured breathing, greasy yellow tongue coat, slippery rapid pulse, may also show fever and chills.


Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang redirects rebel Qi, eliminates Phlegm, strengthens Stomach Qi, harmonizes Stomach


Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang - Shang han lun (todays dosages)

Xuan Fu Hua (flos inulae)9g

Dai Zhe Shi (haematitum)9-15g

Ban Xia (rhizoma pinelliae ternatae)9g

Sheng Jiang (rhizoma zingiberis officinalis recens)6g

Ren Shen (radix ginseng)6g

Zhi Gan Cao (honey fried radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)3g

Da Zao (fructus zizyphi)4 pieces

Indications: non-stop belching, hiccup, acid regurgitation, nausea or vomiting, hard epigastric focal distension, white slippery tongue coat, wiry weak pulse.


Ju Pi Zhu Ru Tang redirects rebel Qi, stops hiccup, strengthens Stomach Qi, clears Heat

Ju Pi Zhu Ru Tang - Jin gui yao lue

Chen Pi (pericarpium citri reticulatae)9-12g

Zhu Ru (caulis bamusae in taeniis)9-12g

Ren Shen (radix ginseng)3g

Sheng Jiang (rhizoma zingiberis officinalis recens)6-9g

Gan Cao (radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)3-6g

Da Zao (fructus zizyphi jujubae)5 pieces

Indications: hiccup, nausea, dry heaves, tender red tongue, weak rapid pulse.


Ding Xiang Shi Di Tang strengthens Stomach Qi, warms mid Jiao, redirects rebel Qi, stops hiccup

Ding Xiang Shi Di Tang - Zheng yin mai zhi

Ding Xiang (flos caryophylli)6g

Shi Di (calyx diospyros kaki)6-9g

Ren Shen (radix ginseng)3-6g

Sheng Jiang (rhizoma zingiberis officinalis recens)6-9g

Indications: hiccup, belching, vomiting, chest distension, pale tongue with white coat, deep slow pulse.



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