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Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan (Emperor of Heaven's Special Pill to Tonify the Heart)

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  • Formulas that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit


  • Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency


  • Nourishes the Blood and Yin, Tonifies the Heart and Kidneys, clears deficient heat, and calms the spirit


  • Anxiety, irritability, palpitations, fatigue, insomnia, easily wakened, restless sleep, inability to think clearly, trouble with concentration, poor memory, forgetfulness, nocturnal emissions, dry throat and mouth, and possible mouth and tongue sores

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tongue with little coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Thin and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Neurasthenia
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  • hyperthyroidism

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • The original formula contains toxic substances (Cinnabar) and thus should not be taken for long periods of time This formula can now be found without Cinnabar.
  • This formula is cloying and should be avoided in cases of Spleen and Stomach Qi deficiency and Damp-Phlegm accumulation.

Preparation Notes:

  • Pills. Grind all herbs into an even powder and use honey to form into pills. The pills were traditionally coated with Zhu Sha.
  • Take 9 grams, 2-3 times a day with warm water on an empty stomach.
  • Double or triple the dosage of Dang Shen is commonly substituted for Ren Shen
  • Appropriately reduce dosages to prepare a decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Secret Investigations into Obtaining Health (She Sheng Mi Pou)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (13 Total):

Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae)
Sheng Di Huang (Chinese Foxglove Root, Rehmannia) 地黄
Qty: 120 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LIV
Prop: Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
Ren Shen (Ginseng Root) 人参
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: LU, SP
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Warm
Latin: Radix Ginseng
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Tian Men Dong (Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis)
Tian Men Dong (Asparagus Tuber) 天门冬
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: KI, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bitter, Very Cold
Latin: Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Yin
Mai Men Dong (Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici)
Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon Tuber) 麦门冬
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: SP, ST, HT (LU)
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin: Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Yin
Xuan Shen (Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis)
Xuan Shen (Ningpo Figwort Root) 玄参
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: KI, LU, ST
Prop: Salty, Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae)
Dan Shen (Salvia Root) 丹参
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: HT, PER, LIV
Prop: Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin: Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Yuan Zhi (Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae)
Yuan Zhi (Chinese Senega Root) 元志
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: HT, LU, LIV
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Warm
Latin: Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae
Cat: Herbs that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) 当归
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, SP
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin: Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis)
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Fruit) 五味子
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LU
Prop: Sour, Warm
Latin: Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
Bai Zi Ren (Semen Platycladi)
Bai Zi Ren (Arbor Vitae Seed, Biota Seed) 柏子仁
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LI.
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Semen Platycladi
Cat: Herbs that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit
Suan Zao Ren (Semen Zizyphi Spinosae)
Suan Zao Ren (Sour Jujube Seed, Zizyphus - Raw Herb Shown) 酸枣仁
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: GB, HT, LIV, SP
Prop: Sweet, Sour, Neutral
Latin: Semen Zizyphi Spinosae
Cat: Herbs that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit
Jie Geng (Platycodi Radix)
Jie Geng (Root of the Balloon Flower) 桔梗
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: LU (ST)
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Neutral
Latin: Platycodi Radix
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
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