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Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet)

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  • Formulas that Tonify the Qi


  • Tonifies and warms Kidney Yang
  • Dispels Cold.
  • Drains damp and water accumulation and promotes urination.


  • Yang Deficiency Cold: Weakness and soreness in the lower back and knees, tenderness or tense feeling in the lower abdomen, a cold feeling in the lower half of the body, impotence, spermatorrhea, palpitations, clear and profuse urination possibly with incontinence, water retention, irritability with a difficulty or inability to lay down
  • Kidney Yang Deficiency with Damp and Water Accumulation: Wasting and Thirsting disorder with thirst and copious and frequent urination. Leg Qi with sore, weak, numb, and swollen lower limbs and difficulty walking.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Swollen and pale tongue, possibly with teeth marks

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Weak and deep pulse, possibly thin or empty

Western Uses:

  • Diabetes Mellitus and Insipidus
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Neurasthenia
  • Chronic Nephritis
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Emphysema
  • Urinary Retention
  • Climacteric Syndromes

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • As this formula is warming, it should be avoided in patients with Yin deficiency and dryness, empty heat, or fluid impairment.
  • Also, do not use in cases with Damp-Phlegm conditions presenting with a greasy tongue coat.
  • 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. Shu Di Huang is commonly substituted for Sheng Di Huang.

Originally Appeared In:

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

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Heart, Kidneys, Liver, Lungs, Spleen, Bladder

Substances in this Formula (8 Total):

Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae)
Sheng Di Huang (Chinese Foxglove Root, Rehmannia) 地黄
Qty: 24 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LIV
Prop: Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni Officinalis)
Shan Zhu Yu (Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit, Cornus) 山茱萸
Qty: 12 grams
Chan: KI, LIV
Prop: Sour, Slightly Warm
Latin: Fructus Corni Officinalis
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
Shan Yao (Radix Dioscoreae Oppositae)
Shan Yao (Chinese Yam Rhizome, Dioscorea) 山药
Qty: 12 grams
Chan: KI, LU, SP
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Dioscoreae Oppositae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Fu Zi (Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli)
Fu Zi (Processed Aconite) 附子
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: HT, KI, SP
Prop: Spicy, Hot, Toxic
Latin: Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli
Cat: Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig, Cassia Twig) 桂枝
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: HT, LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis)
Ze Xie (Water Plantain Rhizome, Alisma) 泽泻
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: KI, BL
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin: Rhizoma Alismatis
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Radicis Moutan)
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex of the Peony Tree Root) 牡丹皮
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, KI
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Cool
Latin: Cortex Radicis Moutan
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
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