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Gan Mai Da Zao Tang (Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit


  • Restless Organ Syndrome (Zang Zao)


  • Nourishes the Heart and calms the Spirit
  • Harmonizes the Middle Jiao.


  • Depression, moodiness, frequent melancholy and crying, sadness, frequent yawning, restless sleep with possible sweating, in severe cases there can be abnormal speech and behavior

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tongue with thin coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Thin rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Hysteria
  • Mania
  • Convulsions

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases where abnormal behavior is caused by Liver Qi stagnation or Phlegm

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jin Gui Yao Lue)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Stomach, Spleen, Heart

Substances in this Formula (3 Total):

Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Fu Xiao Mai (Fructus Levis Tritici Aestivi)
Fu Xiao Mai (Wheat Grain (Not Yet Ripe)) 浮小麦
Qty: 9-15 grams
Chan: HT
Prop: Sweet, Salty, Cool
Latin: Fructus Levis Tritici Aestivi
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)
Da Zao (Date, Jujube) 大枣
Qty: 10 pieces
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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