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Zi Xue Dan (Purple Snow Special Pill)


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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Clear Heat and Open the Orifices

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:

  • Crush all minerals in the formula and boil them in water 3 times. Then, cook all herbal ingredients together with the minerals 3 times to produce a syrup. Add powdered Mang Xiao and Xiao Shi (Niter, Potassium Nitrate) to the syrup, dry the syrup, and powder it. Shu Sha is filtered with water to remove impurities and then powdered. She Xiang is also powdered. All of the above powders are then sifted together to form the final powdered formula.
  • Dosage is 1.5-3 grams, 1-2 times a day with water.

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

Substances in this Formula (15 Total):


Shi Gao (Gypsum Fibrosum)
Shi Gao (Gypsum) 石膏
Qty: 1500 grams
Chan: LU, ST
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Very Cold
Latin: Gypsum Fibrosum
Cat: Herbs that Drain Fire
Han Shui Shi (Calcitum)
Han Shui Shi (Calcitum) 寒水石
Qty: 1500 grams
Chan: HT, ST, KI
Prop: Spicy, Salty, Cold
Latin: Calcitum
Cat: Herbs that Drain Fire
Hua Shi (Talcum)
Hua Shi (Talcum) 滑石
Qty: 1500 grams
Chan: ST, BL
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin: Talcum
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Xi Jiao (Cornu Rhinoceri)
Xi Jiao (Rhinoceros Horn) 犀角
Qty: 150 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, ST
Prop: Bitter, Salty, Cold
Latin: Cornu Rhinoceri
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Ling Yang Jiao (Comu Antelopis Saiga-tatarici)
Ling Yang Jiao (Antelope Horn) 羚羊角
Qty: 150 grams
Chan: HT, LIV
Prop: Salty, Cold
Latin: Comu Antelopis Saiga-tatarici
Cat: Substances that Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
She Xiang (Secretio Moschi Moschifeni)
She Xiang (Deer Musk) 麝香
Qty: 37.5 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LIV
Prop: Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Secretio Moschi Moschifeni
Cat: Aromatic Substances that Open the Orifices
Xuan Shen (Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis)
Xuan Shen (Ningpo Figwort Root) 玄参
Qty: 500 grams
Chan: KI, LU, ST
Prop: Salty, Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Ci Shi (Magnetitum)
Ci Shi (Magnetite) 磁石
Qty: 1500 grams
Chan: KI, LIV
Prop: Spicy, Salty, Cold
Latin: Magnetitum
Cat: Substances that Anchor, Settle, and Calm the Spirit
Sheng Ma (Rhizoma Cimicifugae)
Sheng Ma (Black Cohosh Rhizome, Bugbane Rhizome) 升麻
Qty: 500 grams
Chan: LI, LU, SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Cool
Latin: Rhizoma Cimicifugae
Cat: Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) 炙甘草
Qty: 240 grams
Chan: All 12 Channels
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Mu Xiang (Radix Auklandiae Lappae)
Mu Xiang (Costus Root, Saussurea) 木香
Qty: 150 grams
Chan: GB, LI, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin: Radix Auklandiae Lappae
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Chen Xiang (Lignum Aquilariae Agallochae)
Chen Xiang (Aloeswood, Aquilaria) 沉香
Qty: 150 grams
Chan: KI, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin: Lignum Aquilariae Agallochae
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Ding Xiang (Flos Caryophylli)
Ding Xiang (Clove Flower Bud) 丁香
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: KI, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Flos Caryophylli
Cat: Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Zhu Sha (Cinnabar)
Zhu Sha (Cinnabar) 朱砂
Qty: 90 grams
Chan: HT
Prop: Sweet, Cool, Toxic
Latin: Cinnabar
Cat: Substances that Anchor, Settle, and Calm the Spirit
Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)
Mang Xiao (Sodium Sulfate, Mirabilite, Glauber's Salt) 芒硝
Qty: 5000 grams
Chan: ST, LI.
Prop: Salty, Bitter, Very Cold
Latin: Natrii Sulfas
Cat: Purgatives

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