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Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang (Sedate the Liver and Extinguish Wind Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Release Wind from the Skin and Channels


  • Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency with internal Wind and rising Liver Yang

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry, long, and forceful pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.
  • This formula contains one or more toxic substances (while some Chinese herbs are toxic, it must be noted that many come prepared, or are combined, to mitigate their toxicity).

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Records of Heart Felt Experiences in Medicine with References to the West (Yi Xue Zhong Zhong Can Xi Lu)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (12 Total):

Huai Niu Xi (Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae)
Huai Niu Xi (Achyranthes Root) 懷牛膝
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: LIV, KID
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Neutral
Latin: Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Dai Zhe Shi (Haematitum)
Dai Zhe Shi (Hematite) 代赭石
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, PER
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Haematitum
Cat: Substances that Anchor, Settle, and Calm the Spirit
Long Gu (Os Draconis)
Long Gu (Fossilized Mammal Bones) 龙骨
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LIV
Prop: Sweet, Astringent, Neutral
Latin: Os Draconis
Cat: Substances that Anchor, Settle, and Calm the Spirit
Mu Li (Concha Ostreae)
Mu Li (Oyster Shell) 牡蛎
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: LIV, KI
Prop: Salty, Astringent, Cool
Latin: Concha Ostreae
Cat: Substances that Anchor, Settle, and Calm the Spirit
Gui Ban (Plastrum Testudinis)
Gui Ban (Fresh Water Turtle Shell, Testudinis) 龟板
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LIV
Prop: Salty, Sweet, Cold
Latin: Plastrum Testudinis
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
Tian Men Dong (Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis)
Tian Men Dong (Asparagus Tuber) 天门冬
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: KI, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bitter, Very Cold
Latin: Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Yin
Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root) 白芍
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin: Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Yin Chen (Herba Artemisiae Yinchenhao)
Yin Chen (Yinchenhao Shoots and Leaves, Capillaris) 茵陈
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LIV, SP, GB, ST
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Cool
Latin: Herba Artemisiae Yinchenhao
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Chuan Lian Zi (Fructus Meliae Toosendan)
Chuan Lian Zi (Sichuan Pagoda Tree Fruit) 川楝子
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LIV, SI, ST, BL
Prop: Bitter, Cold, Slightly Toxic
Latin: Fructus Meliae Toosendan
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Mai Ya (Fructus Germinatus Hordei Vulgaris)
Mai Ya (Barley Sprout, Malt) 麦芽
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LIV, SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Fructus Germinatus Hordei Vulgaris
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Food Stagnation
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 4.5 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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