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Bǎo Hé Wán (Preserve Harmony Pill)

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  • Formulas that Reduce Food Stagnation


  • Acute and mild food stagnation


  • Promotes digestion and reduces food stagnation
  • Dries damp and clears heat.


  • Epigastric and abdominal distention (bloating) and fullness with intermittent pain
  • Acid regurgitation, belching, nausea and vomiting, and loss of appetite.
  • Constipation or Diarrhea.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Greasy yellow or sticky yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Slippery pulse

Western Uses:

  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Acute gastroenteritis
  • Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Gastritis
  • Hepatitis
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Acute or Chronic Cholecystitis

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use for similar symptoms caused by Spleen Qi deficiency
  • This formula contains one or more toxic substances (while some Chinese herbs are toxic, it must be noted that many come prepared, or are combined, to mitigate their toxicity).

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Teachings of Dan Xi (Dan Xi Xin Fa)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Stomach, Spleen, Liver, Lungs, Heart, Gall Bladder

Substances in this Formula (7 Total):

Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi)
Shan Zha (Hawthorn Fruit) 山楂
Qty: 9-15 grams
Chan: LIV, SP, ST
Prop: Sour, Sweet, Slightly Warm
Latin: Fructus Crataegi
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Food Stagnation
Shen Qu (Massa Medica Fermentata)
Shen Qu (Medicated Leaven) 神曲
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Warm
Latin: Massa Medica Fermentata
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Food Stagnation
Lai Fu Zi (Semen Raphani Sativi)
Lai Fu Zi (Daikon, Radish Seed) 莱菔子
Qty: 6-9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Semen Raphani Sativi
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Food Stagnation
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)
Chen Pi (Orange Peel, Citrus Peel, Tangerine Peel) 陈皮
Qty: 6-9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae)
Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) 半夏
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Latin: Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Lian Qiao (Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae)
Lian Qiao (Forsythia Fruit) 连翘
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, GB
Prop: Bitter, Slightly Spicy, Cool
Latin: Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Eliminate Toxins
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