Zhen Wu Tang (True Warrior Decoction)

Zhen Wu Tang (True Warrior Decoction)

Formula 17 of 23 in Formulas that Expel Dampness

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness

Pattern:

  • Kidney Yang deficiency with pathogenic fluid accumulation

Actions:

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

Indications:

  • 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, 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

There are 5 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Fu Zi (Processed Aconite)
Quantity = 9 grams
Hot Fu Zi (Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli)
Channels:
HT, KI, SP
Properties:
Spicy, Hot, Toxic
Latin:
Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli
Chinese:
附子
Tone Marks:
fù zi
Translation:
Appendage
Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes Rhizome)
Quantity = 6 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 (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen)
Quantity = 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
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome)
Quantity = 9 grams
Warm Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Channels:
LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Warm
Latin:
uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Chinese:
生姜
Tone Marks:
shēng jiāng
Bai Shao (White Peony Root)
Quantity = 9 grams
Cool Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Channels:
LIV, SP
Properties:
Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin:
Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Chinese:
白芍
Tone Marks:
bái sháo
Alt Names:
Bai Shao Yao
Translation:
White Peony

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