Si Jun Zi Tang (Four Gentlemen Decoction)
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Si Jun Zi Tang (Four Gentlemen Decoction)

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Tonify the Qi

Pattern:

  • Spleen Qi deficiency

Actions:

  • Tonifies Qi and strengthens the Spleen and Stomach

Indications:

  • Loose stool, pale complexion, weak limbs, low energy, poor appetite, and soft voice

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Pale tongue with thin white coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Weak, thin pulse

Western Uses:

  • Chronic Gastritis
  • Gastric and Duodenal Ulcer
  • Neurasthenia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Periodic Paralysis
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Reduces Recovery Time after gastric surgery

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use this formula in cases of excess heat or deficient heat
  • Do not use this formula when irritability, thirst, bloating and constipation present together.
  • This formula may cause irritability and dry mouth if use for a prolonged period of time.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Ren Shen is usually replaced with 2-3 times the dosage of Dang 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:

  • Lungs, Spleen, Stomach, Heart

There are 4 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Ren Shen (Qty: 3-9 grams)

Slightly Warm Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
Channels:
LU, SP
Properties:
Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Warm
Latin:
Radix Ginseng
Chinese:
人参
Tone Marks:
rén shēn
Translation:
Man root

Bai Zhu (Qty: 6-9 grams)

Warm Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
Channels:
SP, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Chinese:
白术
Tone Marks:
bái zhú

Fu Ling (Qty: 6-9 grams)

Neutral Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Channels:
HT, SP, LU
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin:
Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Chinese:
茯苓
Tone Marks:
fú líng
Alt Names:
Yun Ling, Bai Fu Ling, Fang Ling Kuai

Zhi Gan Cao (Qty: 3-6 grams)

Warm Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Channels:
All 12 Channels
Properties:
Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Radix Glycyrrhizae
Chinese:
炙甘草
Tone Marks:
zhì gān căo

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