Zhu Sha An Shen Wan (Cinnabar Pill to Calm the Spirit)

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Zhu Sha An Shen Wan (Cinnabar Pill to Calm the Spirit)

Formula 6 of 9 in Formulas that Calm the Spirit

Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit

Pattern:

  • Heart Fire injuring Yin and Blood

Actions:

  • Clears Heart Fire, Sedates the Heart, calms the spirit, and tonifies Yin

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tongue

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Thin rapid pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

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  • 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:

  • Pills. Grind Huang Lian, Dang Gui, Sheng Di Huang, and Zhi Gan Cao into an even powder and form into pills. The pills were traditionally coated with Zhu Sha.
  • Take one 6-9 gram dose once a day before bedtime, or twice a day.
  • Appropriately reduce dosages to prepare a decoction. Zhu Sha was traditionally taken with the strained decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Clarifying Doubts About Injury from Internal and External Causes (Nei Wai Shang Bian Huo Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Heart, Large Intestine, Stomach, Liver, Spleen, Kidneys

There are 5 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

15 grams (refined with water) of Zhu Sha (Cinnabar)

Cool Zhu Sha (Cinnabar)
Channels:
HT
Properties:
Sweet, Cool, Toxic
Latin:
Cinnabar
Chinese:
朱砂
Tone Marks:
zhū shā
Translation:
Vermillion Sand

18 grams of Huang Lian (Coptis Rhizome)

Cold Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis)
Channels:
HT, LI, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Rhizoma Coptidis
Chinese:
黄连
Tone Marks:
huáng lián
Translation:
Yellow Links

7.5 grams of Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)

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

7.5 grams of Sheng Di Huang (Chinese Foxglove Root, Rehmannia)

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

16.5 grams of Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root)

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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