Li Zhong Wan

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Li Zhong Wan warms mid Jiao, strengthens Spleen & Stomach


Li Zhong Wan regulate the middle pill

Shang Han Lun

Gan Jiang (rhizome Zingiberis officinalis)9g

Ren Shen (radix ginseng)9g

Bai Zhu (rhizome atractrylodis macrocephalae)9g

Zhi Gan Cao (honey fried radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)9g

Indications: deficient cold mid Jiao (Spleen Yang deficiency), diarrhea (watery stool), turbid Stomach Yin rebelling (nausea, vomiting), poor appetite, cold abdominal pain, no thirst, T- pale with white coat, P- deep thin. This can quite often manifest with cold hands and feet, cold Chest Bi with fullness.

This formula is also sometimes called Ren Shen Tang, Zhi Zhong Tang, & Ren Shen Li Zhong Tang.

It can be compared to Hou Po Wen Zhong Tang which dries damp, moves Qi, but does not tonify. It is used more for an invasion of Damp/Cold. Li Zhong Wan is more indicated for Cold from deficiency without Damp (or not significant Dampness).

It is used for Western diseases such as, gastritis, ulcers, gastroptosis, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and some bleeding disorders.

Do not use is any signs of Heat are present.


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