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Zuǒ Guī Yǐn (Restore the Left (Kidney) Decoction)


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  • Formulas that Tonify the Qi

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Peeled shiny tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Thin rapid pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. The strength of the formula can be varied by the dosage of Shu Di Huang.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Collected Treatises of Jing Yue (Jing Yue Quan Shu)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Heart, Kidneys, Liver, Lungs, Spleen

Substances in this Formula (6 Total):


Shu Di Huang (Processed Radix Rehmanniae)
Shu Di Huang (Chinese Foxglove Root, Steamed with Water or Alcohol, Rehmannia) 熟地黄
Qty: 6-60 grams
Chan: LIV, KI, (HT)
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Warm
Latin: Processed Radix Rehmanniae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Shan Yao (Radix Dioscoreae Oppositae)
Shan Yao (Chinese Yam Rhizome, Dioscorea) 山药
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: KI, LU, SP
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Dioscoreae Oppositae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii Chinensis)
Gou Qi Zi (Chinese Wolfberry Fruit, Matrimony Vine Fruit) 枸杞子
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LIV, LU, KI
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Fructus Lycii Chinensis
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni Officinalis)
Shan Zhu Yu (Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit, Cornus) 山茱萸
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: KI, LIV
Prop: Sour, Slightly Warm
Latin: Fructus Corni Officinalis
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) 炙甘草
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: All 12 Channels
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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