Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan (Emperor of Heaven's Special Pill to Tonify the Heart)

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan (Emperor of Heaven's Special Pill to Tonify the Heart)

Formula 1 of 9 in Formulas that Calm the Spirit

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit

Pattern:

  • Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency

Actions:

  • Nourishes the Blood and Yin, Tonifies the Heart and Kidneys, clears deficient heat, and calms the spirit

Indications:

  • Anxiety, irritability, palpitations, fatigue, insomnia, easily wakened, restless sleep, inability to think clearly, trouble with concentration, poor memory, forgetfulness, nocturnal emissions, dry throat and mouth, and possible mouth and tongue sores

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tongue with little coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Thin and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Neurasthenia
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  • hyperthyroidism

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • The original formula contains toxic substances (Cinnabar) and thus should not be taken for long periods of time This formula can now be found without Cinnabar.
  • This formula is cloying and should be avoided in cases of Spleen and Stomach Qi deficiency and Damp-Phlegm accumulation.

Preparation Notes:

  • Pills. Grind all herbs into an even powder and use honey to form into pills. The pills were traditionally coated with Zhu Sha.
  • Take 9 grams, 2-3 times a day with warm water on an empty stomach.
  • Double or triple the dosage of Dang Shen is commonly substituted for Ren Shen
  • Appropriately reduce dosages to prepare a decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Secret Investigations into Obtaining Health (She Sheng Mi Pou)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

There are 13 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Sheng Di Huang (Chinese Foxglove Root, Rehmannia)
Quantity = 120 grams
Cold Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae)
Channels:
HT, KI, LIV
Properties:
Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae
Chinese:
地黄
Tone Marks:
shēng dì huáng
Alt Names:
Sheng Di
Translation:
Fresh Earth Yellow
Ren Shen (Ginseng Root)
Quantity = 15 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
Tian Men Dong (Asparagus Tuber)
Quantity = 30 grams
Cold Tian Men Dong (Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis)
Channels:
KI, LU
Properties:
Sweet, Bitter, Very Cold
Latin:
Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis
Chinese:
天门冬
Tone Marks:
tiān mén dōng
Translation:
Lush Winter Aerial Plant
Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon Tuber)
Quantity = 30 grams
Slightly Cold Mai Men Dong (Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici)
Channels:
SP, ST, HT (LU)
Properties:
Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici
Chinese:
麦门冬
Tone Marks:
mài mén dōng
Alt Names:
Mai Dong, Cun Dong, Da Mai Dong
Translation:
Lush Winter Wheat
Xuan Shen (Ningpo Figwort Root)
Quantity = 15 grams
Cold Xuan Shen (Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis)
Channels:
KI, LU, ST
Properties:
Salty, Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis
Chinese:
玄参
Tone Marks:
xuán shēn
Alt Names:
Yuan Shen
Translation:
Dark Root
Dan Shen (Salvia Root)
Quantity = 15 grams
Slightly Cold Dan Shen (Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae)
Channels:
HT, PER, LIV
Properties:
Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Chinese:
丹参
Tone Marks:
dān shēn
Translation:
Cinnabar Root
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen)
Quantity = 15 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
Yuan Zhi (Chinese Senega Root)
Quantity = 15 grams
Slightly Warm Yuan Zhi (Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae)
Channels:
HT, LU, LIV
Properties:
Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Warm
Latin:
Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae
Chinese:
元志
Tone Marks:
yuán zhì
Translation:
Profound Will
Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)
Quantity = 30 grams
Warm Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Channels:
HT, LIV, SP
Properties:
Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin:
Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Chinese:
当归
Tone Marks:
dāng guī
Translation:
State of Return
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Fruit)
Quantity = 30 grams
Warm Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis)
Photo Note:
Nan Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Sphenanthera Rehd. et Wils.) Shown
Channels:
HT, KI, LU
Properties:
Sour, Warm
Latin:
Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis
Chinese:
五味子
Tone Marks:
wŭ wèi zĭ
Translation:
Five Flavored Seed
Bai Zi Ren (Arbor Vitae Seed, Biota Seed)
Quantity = 30 grams
Neutral Bai Zi Ren (Semen Platycladi)
Channels:
HT, KI, LI.
Properties:
Sweet, Neutral
Latin:
Semen Platycladi
Chinese:
柏子仁
Tone Marks:
băi zĭ rén
Translation:
Lateral Cypres Kernel
Suan Zao Ren (Sour Jujube Seed, Zizyphus - Raw Herb Shown)
Quantity = 30 grams
Neutral Suan Zao Ren (Semen Zizyphi Spinosae)
Channels:
GB, HT, LIV, SP
Properties:
Sweet, Sour, Neutral
Latin:
Semen Zizyphi Spinosae
Chinese:
酸枣仁
Tone Marks:
suān zăo rén
Translation:
Sour Date Seed
Jie Geng (Root of the Balloon Flower)
Quantity = 15 grams
Neutral Jie Geng (Platycodi Radix)
Channels:
LU (ST)
Properties:
Bitter, Spicy, Neutral
Latin:
Platycodi Radix
Chinese:
桔梗
Tone Marks:
jié gĕng
Alt Names:
Ku Jie Geng, Bai Jie Geng, Yu Jie Geng
Translation:
Solid and Straight Root

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