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Wu Ling San (Five Ingredient Powder with Poria)

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  • Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness


  • Water Accumulation


  • Promotes urination, drains damp, and strengthens the Spleen
  • Warms the Yang and promotes transformation of Bladder Qi.


  • Accumulation of cold water in the Lower Jiao, possibly with external Wind Cold: Difficult urination, fever, irritability, strong thirst with vomiting after drinking, and headache
  • Spleen Qi deficiency causing internal accumulation of water and dampness: General muscle and skin edema with a sensation of heaviness, difficult urination, diarrhea, and vomiting.
  • Accumulation of fluids in the Lower Jiao (Tai Yin Syndrome): A pulsing or throbbing sensation below the umbilicus, frothy saliva, dizziness, vertigo, shortness of breath, and coughing.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Thick white greasy tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Floating and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Chronic Nephritic Edema
  • Acute Gastritis
  • Cardiac Edema
  • Gastrectasis
  • Ascites due to Liver Cirrhosis
  • Urine Retention
  • Scrotal Hydrocele
  • Acute Enteritis
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Neurogenic Bladder Syndrome

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • This formula is warming and drying and should be used with caution in cases of difficult urination presenting with Yin and fluids deficiency
  • Do not use long term with Kidney Qi or Spleen Qi deficiency. Possible side effects may include: Loss of appetite, dizziness, vertigo, and a bland taste in the mouth.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Modern formulations usually have a 4 fold increase in dosages. Do not cook for more than 20 minutes.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Kidneys, Lungs, Spleen, Heart, Bladder, Stomach

Substances in this Formula (5 Total):

Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis)
Ze Xie (Water Plantain Rhizome, Alisma) 泽泻
Qty: 4 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: 2.3 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Zhu Ling (Sclerotium Polypori Umbellati)
Zhu Ling (Polyporus Sclerotium) 猪苓
Qty: 2.3 grams
Chan: SP, KI, BL
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Cool (or Neutral)
Latin: Sclerotium Polypori Umbellati
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes Rhizome) 白术
Qty: 2.3 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig, Cassia Twig) 桂枝
Qty: 1.5 grams
Chan: HT, LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
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