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Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang (Drive Out Stasis in the Mansion of Blood Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis


  • Invigorates the blood and dispels blood stagnation
  • Spreads Liver Qi, unblocks the channels, and relieves pain.


  • Chronic headache, sharp and fixed chest and hypochondria pain, constant hiccups, a sensation of choking when drinking, dry heaves, irritability, depression, restlessness, restless sleep, insomnia, palpitations, dysmenorrhea, evening tidal fever, and possible purple lips or complexion (cyanosis)

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Dark red or purple tongue with dark spots on the sides of the tongue, possible yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Tight and wiry pulse
  • Choppy pulse

Western Uses:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Cartilage Costalgia
  • Functional Neurosis
  • Post Trauma or Post Concussion Syndrome
  • External Chest Injury

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • As this formula moves blood, do not use during pregnancy, or with patients who have heavy menstrual flow
  • Do not use when there are signs of hemorrhaging present.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Corrections of Errors Among Physicians (Yi Lin Gai Cuo)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (11 Total):

Tao Ren (Semen Pruni Persicae)
Tao Ren (Peach Kernel) 桃仁
Qty: 12 grams
Chan: HT, LI, LIV, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Semen Pruni Persicae
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Hong Hua (Flos Carthami Tinctorii)
Hong Hua (Safflower Flower) 红花
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, LIV
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Flos Carthami Tinctorii
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) 当归
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, SP
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin: Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong)
Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root) 川芎
Qty: 4.5 grams
Chan: LIV, GB, PER
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Chi Shao (Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Chi Shao (Red Peony Root) 赤芍
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Sour, Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin: Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathula Officinalis)
Chuan Niu Xi (Cyathula Root) 川牛膝
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LIV, KI
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Neutral
Latin: Radix Cyathula Officinalis
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)
Chai Hu (Thorowax Root , Bupleurum) 柴胡
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: GB, LIV, PER, TB
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Cool
Latin: Radix Bupleuri
Cat: Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Jie Geng (Platycodi Radix)
Jie Geng (Root of the Balloon Flower) 桔梗
Qty: 4.5 grams
Chan: LU (ST)
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Neutral
Latin: Platycodi Radix
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Zhi Ke (Fructus Citri Aurantii)
Zhi Ke (Bitter Orange Peel) 枳壳
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cool
Latin: Fructus Citri Aurantii
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae)
Sheng Di Huang (Chinese Foxglove Root, Rehmannia) 地黄
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LIV
Prop: Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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