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Formulas that tranquilize


Heavy & compressing

Zhu Sha An Shen Wan sedate Heart, calm spirit, drain Fire, nourish Yin


Zhu Sha An Shen Wan - Nei wai shang bian juo lun

Zhu Sha (cinnabaris)15g [refine with water]

Huang Lian (rhizoma coptidis)18g

Dang Gui (radix angelicae sinensis)7.5g

Sheng Di Huang (radix rehmanniae glutinosae)7.5g

Zhi Gan Cao (honey fried radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)16.5g

Indications: insomnia, continuous palpitations, irritable, heat in the chest, desire to vomit, dream disturbed sleep, red tongue, thin rapid pulse.


Ci Zhu Wan heavily sedates & calms spirit, anchors Yang, improves vision & hearing

Ci Zhu Wan - Qian jin yao fang

Ci Shi (magnetitum)60g

Zhu Sha (cinnabaris)30g

Shen Qu (massa fermentata)120g

Indications: palpitations, insomnia, tinnitus, diminished auditory and visual acuity, seizures.




Suan Zao Ren Tang nourishes blood, calm spirit, clear Heat, relieve mental restlessness

Suan Zao Ren Tang - Jin gui yao lue

Suan Zao Ren (semen zizyphi spinosae)15-18g

Fu Ling (sclerotium poriae cocos)6g

Zhi Mu (radix anemarrhenae asphodeloidis)6g

Chuan Xiong (radix lifustici chuanxiong)6g

Gan Cao (radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)3g

Indications: irritable, insomnia, palpitations, night sweats, dizziness, dry throat and mouth, dry red tongue if heat, pale if not, wiry or thin rapid pulse.


Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan nourishes Yin & blood, tonifies Heart & calms spirit

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan - She sheng mi pou

Sheng Di Huang (radix rehmanniae glutinosae)120g

Ren Shen (radix ginseng)15g

Tian Men Dong (tuber asparagi cochinchinensis)30g

Mai Men Dong (tuber ophiopogonis japonici)30g

Xuan Shen (radix scrophulariae ningpoensis)15g

Dan Shen (radix salviae miltiorrhizae)15g

Fu Ling (sclerotium poriae cocos)15g

Yuan Zhi (radix polygalae tenuifoliae)15g

Dang Gui (radix angelicae sinensis)30g

Wu Wei Zi (fructus schisandrae chinensis)30g

Bai Zi Ren (semen biotae orientalis)30g

Suan Zao Ren (semen zizyphi spinosae)30g

Jie Geng (eadix platycodi grandiflori)15g

Zhu Sha (cinnabaris)15g

Indications: irritable, palpitations with anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, inability to concentrate even for small periods of time, nocturnal emissions, forgetfulness, dry stools, red tongue scanty coat, thin rapid pulse, cankers, night sweats, Heart and Kidney Yin deficiency.


Bai Zi Yang Xin Wan nourishes Heart, calm spirit, tonifies Kidney Yin

Bai Zi Yang Xin Wan - Ti ren hui bian

Bai Zi Ren (semen biotae orientalis)120g

Gou Qi Zi (fructus lycii)90g

Mai Men Dong (tuber ophiopogonis japonici)30g

Dang Gui (radix angelicae sinensis)30g

Shi Chang Pu (rhizoma acori graminei)30g

Fu Shen (sclerotium poriae cocos pararadicis)30g

Xuan Shen (radix acrophulariae ningpoensis)60g

Shu Di Huang (radix rehmanniae glutinosae conquitae)60g

Gan Cao (radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)15g

Indications: severe continuous palpitations, dream disturbed sleep, forgetfulness, night sweats, disharmony between Heart and Kidneys


Gan Mai Da Zao Tang nourish Heart & calm spirit, harmonizes mid Jiao


Gan Mai Da Zao Tang - Jin gui yao lue

Gan Cao (radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)9g

Fu Xiao Mai (semen tritici aestivi levis)9-15g

Da Zao (fructus zizyphi jujubae)10

Indications: disorientation, frequent attacks of melancholy and crying spells, cannot control oneself, restless sleep, may have night sweats, copious yawning, red tongue scanty coat, thin rapid pulse.




Yu Ping Feng San tonifies Qi, stabilize exterior, stops sweating

Yu Ping Feng San - Dan xi xin fa

Huang Qi (eadix astragali membranacei)30g

Bai Zhu (rhizoma atractylodis macrocephalae)60g

Fang Feng (radix ledebouriellae divaricatae)60g

*For acute conditions the dosage of Huang Qi may increase 2-6 times this amount.

Indications: aversion to drafts, spontaneous sweats, recurrent colds, shiny pale face, pale tongue white coat, floating weak soft pulse


Si Shen Wan warms & tonifies Spleen & Kidneys, binds intestines to stop diarrhea

Si Shen Wan - Zheng zhi zhun sheng

Bu Gu Zhi (fructus psoraleae corylifoliae)120g

Wu Zhu Yu (fructus evodiae rutaecarpae)30g

Rou Dou Kou (semen myristicae fragrantis)60g

Wu Wei Zi (fructus schisandrae chinensis)60g

Indications: 5am diarrhea, lack of interest in food and inability to digest, low back soreness, cold limbs, fatirue, pale tongue with thin white coat. deep slow forceless pulse, may be abdominal pain.


Mu Li San inhibits sweating & stabilizes exterior

Mu Li San - Tai ping hui min he ji ju fang

Mu Li (concha ostreae)30g

Huang Qi (radix astragali membranacei)30g

Ma Huang Gen (radix ephedrae)30g

Fu Xiao Mai (semen tritici aestivi levis)30g

Indications: spontaneous sweat that is worse at night, palpitations, easily startled, shortness of breath, irritability, lethargy, pale red tongue, thin frail pulse.


Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan astringe & stabilize Kidneys, stops spermatorrhea

Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan - Yi fang ji jie

Sha Yuan Ji Li (semen astragali complanati)60g

Qian Shi (semen euryales ferocis)60g

Lian Xu (stamen nelumbinis nuciferae)60g

Su Zhi Long Gu (crispy fried os draconis)30g

Duan Mu Li (calcined concha ostreae)30g

Lian Zi (semen nelumbinis nuciferae)120g

Indications: chronic spermatorrhea, impotence, fatigue, weakness, sore and weak limbs, lower back pain, tinnitus, pale tongue with white coat, thin frail pulse.


Zhen Ren Yang Zang Tang warms mid Jiao, tonifies deficiency, astringes intestines to stop diarrhea

Zhen Ren Yang Zang Tang - Tai ping jui min he ji ju fang

Ren Shen (radix ginseng)18g

Bai Zhu (rhizoma atractylodis macrocephalae)18g

Rou Gui (cortex cinnamomi cassiae)24g

Wei Rou Dou Kou (dry fried semen myristicae fragrantis)15g

He Zi (fructus terminaliae chebulae)36g

Zhi Ying Su Ke (honey fried pericarpium papaveris somniferi)108g

Bai Shao (radix paeoniae lactiflorae)48g

Dang Gui (radix angelicae sinensis)18g

Mu Xiang (radix aucklandiae lappae)42g

Zhi Gan Cao (honey fried radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)24g

Indications: chronic diarrhea sometimes to the point of incontinence, in severe cases rectal prolapse, diarrhea may contain pus and/or blood (tenesmus), this would be accompanied by persistent abdominal pain relieved by pressure and warmth, lethargy, wan complexion, small appetite, low back soreness, weak legs, pale tongue with white coat, slow thin pulse.


Sang Piao Xiao San regulates & tonifies Heart Kidney, stabilize Essence, stop leakage

Sang Piao Xiao San - Ben cao yan yi

Sang Piao Xiao (ootheca mantidis)30g

Long Gu (os draconis)30g

Ren Shen (radix ginseng)30g

Fu Shen (sclerotium poriae cocos pararadicis)30g

Yuan Zhi (radix polygalae tenuifoliae)30g

Chang Pu (rhizoma acori graminei)30g

Zhi Gui Ban (honey fried plastrum testudinis)30g

Dang Gui (radix angelicae sinensis)30g

Indications: frequent urination (sometimes to the point of incontinence), grey/white cloudy urine sometimes with spermatorrhea, disorientation, poor memory, pale tongue with white coat, thin slow frail pulse.


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