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Liù Wèi Dì Huáng Wán (Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia)

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  • Formulas that Tonify the Qi


  • Enriches and nourishes Kidney and Liver Yin


  • Weakness and soreness in the lower back and knees
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or vertigo, tinnitus or hearing loss, nocturnal emissions, night sweats, chronic sore and/or dry throat, hot palms and soles, painful or difficult scanty urination, wasting and thirsting, and tidal fever.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tongue with little coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Thin and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Retarded Growth of Children
  • Lumbago
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Central Retinitis
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Addison's Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Neurasthenia
  • Functional Anovular Uterine Bleeding
  • Chronic Urinary Tract Infections
  • Deafness

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • As this formula is cloying, it should be avoided in cases of diarrhea due to Spleen Qi deficiency, or Damp-Phlegm conditions with a white greasy coat

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Craft of Medicinal Treatment for Childhood Disease Patterns (Xiao Er Yao Zheng Zhi Jue)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (6 Total):

Shu Di Huang (Processed Radix Rehmanniae)
Shu Di Huang (Chinese Foxglove Root, Steamed with Water or Alcohol, Rehmannia) 熟地黄
Qty: 21-24 grams
Chan: LIV, KI, (HT)
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Warm
Latin: Processed Radix Rehmanniae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni Officinalis)
Shan Zhu Yu (Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit, Cornus) 山茱萸
Qty: 12-15 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: 12-15 grams
Chan: KI, LU, SP
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Dioscoreae Oppositae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Radicis Moutan)
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex of the Peony Tree Root) 牡丹皮
Qty: 6-9 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, KI
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Cool
Latin: Cortex Radicis Moutan
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis)
Ze Xie (Water Plantain Rhizome, Alisma) 泽泻
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: KI, BL
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin: Rhizoma Alismatis
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
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