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Yue Ju Wan (Escape Restraint Pill)

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  • Formulas that Promote the Movement of Qi


  • Activates Qi, releases constraint, and reduces stagnation of Qi, Blood, Damp, Phlegm, Heat, and Food


  • Focal Distension, fullness in the abdomen and chest, hypochondriac distension and pain, belching, vomiting, indigestion, acid regurgitation, nausea, reduced appetite, distending breast or lower abdomen pain, dysmenorrhea, and possible cough with copious sputum

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Purple, red, or dusky tongue body with a greasy white or yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Slippery and wiry pulse, possibly rapid

Western Uses:

  • Gastrointestinal Neurosis
  • Gastric or Duodenal Ulcer
  • Chronic Gastritis
  • Infectious Hepatitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholecystolithiasis
  • Intercostal Neuralgia

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of Qi stagnation from deficiency

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Teachings of Dan Xi (Dan Xi Xin Fa)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Stomach, Spleen, Pericardium, Gall Bladder, Liver, San Jiao, Lungs, Heart

Substances in this Formula (5 Total):

Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis)
Cang Zhu (Black Atractylodes Rhizone) 苍术
Qty: 6-12 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Rhizoma Atractylodis
Cat: Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong)
Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root) 川芎
Qty: 6-12 grams
Chan: LIV, GB, PER
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi Rotundi)
Xiang Fu (Nut Grass Rhizome) 香附
Qty: 6-12 grams
Chan: LIV, SJ, SP
Prop: Spicy, Slightly Warm, Slightly Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Rhizoma Cyperi Rotundi
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis)
Zhi Zi (Gardenia, Cape Jasmine Fruit) 栀子
Qty: 6-12 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, LU, ST, TB
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis
Cat: Herbs that Drain Fire
Shen Qu (Massa Medica Fermentata)
Shen Qu (Medicated Leaven) 神曲
Qty: 6-12 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Warm
Latin: Massa Medica Fermentata
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Food Stagnation
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