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Gu Jing Wan (Stabilize the Menses Pill)

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  • Formulas that Stabilize the Exterior and the Lungs


  • Nourishes the Yin, clears deficient heat, stops bleeding, and stabilizes the menses


  • Uterine bleeding that alternates between light and heavy flow, continuous menstruation. The blood is thick red or purple with clots. There may also be irritability, a sensation of heat in the chest, lower abdominal pain, and dark urine.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tongue with a yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Menorrhagia
  • Leukorrhea
  • Uterine Bleeding

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do no use when metrorrhagia, menorrhagia, or metrostaxis is due to Spleen Qi or Yang deficiency

Preparation Notes:

  • Grind all herbs into an even powder and use wine to form into pills.
  • Take 9 grams, twice a day with warm water
  • Appropriately reduce dosages to prepare a decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Introduction to Medicine (Yi Xue Ru Men)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Heart, Kidneys, Liver, Spleen, Lungs, Large Intestine, Stomach, Gall Bladder, San Jiao

Substances in this Formula (6 Total):

Gui Ban (Plastrum Testudinis)
Gui Ban (Fresh Water Turtle Shell, Testudinis) 龟板
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LIV
Prop: Salty, Sweet, Cold
Latin: Plastrum Testudinis
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Yin
Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root) 白芍
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin: Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root) 黄芩
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: GB, LI, LU, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Chun Pi (Cortex Ailanthi Altissimae)
Chun Pi (Ailanthus Bark or Root Bark) 椿皮
Qty: 21 grams
Chan: LI, ST, LIV
Prop: Bitter, Astringent, Cold
Latin: Cortex Ailanthi Altissimae
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri)
Huang Bai (Phellodendron or Amur Cork tree Bark) 黄柏
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: KI, BL
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Cortex Phellodendri
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi Rotundi)
Xiang Fu (Nut Grass Rhizome) 香附
Qty: 7.5 grams
Chan: LIV, SJ, SP
Prop: Spicy, Slightly Warm, Slightly Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Rhizoma Cyperi Rotundi
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
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