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Zhen Ren Yang Zang Tang (True Man's Decoction to Nourish the Organs)

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  • Formulas that Stabilize the Exterior and the Lungs

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Pale tongue with a white coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Slow thin 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. Double or triple the dosage of Dang Shen is commonly substituted for Ren Shen

Originally Appeared In:

  • Imperial Grace Formulary of the Tai Ping Era (Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (10 Total):

Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
Ren Shen (Ginseng Root) 人参
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: LU, SP
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Warm
Latin: Radix Ginseng
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes Rhizome) 白术
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Rou Gui (Inner Bark of Saigon Cinnamon) 肉桂
Qty: 3-4.5 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LIV, SP
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Hot
Latin: Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae
Cat: Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Rou Dou Kou (Semen Myristicae Fragrantis)
Rou Dou Kou (Nutmeg Seeds) 肉豆蔻
Qty: 9-15 grams (dry-fried)
Chan: LI, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Semen Myristicae Fragrantis
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
He Zi (Fructus Terminaliae Chebulae)
He Zi (Myrobalan Fruit) 荷子
Qty: 6-15 grams
Chan: LU, ST, LI.
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Astringent, Neutral
Latin: Fructus Terminaliae Chebulae
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
Ying Su Ke (Pericarpium Papaveris Somniferi)
Ying Su Ke (Opium Poppy Husk) 罂粟壳
Qty: 6-20 grams (honey-fried)
Chan: KI, LI, LU
Prop: Sour, Astringent, Neutral, Toxic
Latin: Pericarpium Papaveris Somniferi
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root) 白芍
Qty: 9-15 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin: Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) 当归
Qty: 6-12 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, SP
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin: Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Mu Xiang (Radix Auklandiae Lappae)
Mu Xiang (Costus Root, Saussurea) 木香
Qty: 6-9 grams
Chan: GB, LI, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin: Radix Auklandiae Lappae
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) 炙甘草
Qty: 3-9 grams
Chan: All 12 Channels
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi

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