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Zhen Wu Tang (True Warrior Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness


  • Kidney Yang deficiency with pathogenic fluid accumulation


  • Warms Spleen and Kidney Yang, promotes urination, and drains Water-Damp


  • Spleen and Kidney Yang deficiency with water accumulation: Difficult urination, abdominal pain, aversion to cold, heavy and aching extremities, generalized body edema, loose stools or diarrhea, dizziness, palpitations, absence of thirst, heavy sensation in the head, coughing, and vomiting
  • External disorder with overuse of diaphoretics: Fever that is not reduced by sweating, trembling, shivering, dizziness, and palpitations in the epigastria.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Pale swollen tongue with teeth marks and a slippery white coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Deep, thready, and slippery pulse

Western Uses:

  • Chronic Nephritis
  • Rheumatic Valvular Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Chronic Enteritis
  • Intestinal Tuberculosis
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Primary Hypertension
  • Primary Hyperaldosteronism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Edema

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of Yin deficiency, Heat, or Damp Heat
  • 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:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Spleen, Heart, Kidneys, Stomach, Lungs, Liver

Substances in this Formula (5 Total):

Fu Zi (Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli)
Fu Zi (Processed Aconite) 附子
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, KI, SP
Prop: Spicy, Hot, Toxic
Latin: Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli
Cat: Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes Rhizome) 白术
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) 生姜
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root) 白芍
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin: Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
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