Details of Ginseng and Astragalus Combination
Ren shen (ginseng) strengthens multiple organ systems.
Ren shen (ginseng) strengthens multiple organ systems.

Alternative Names

  • bu zhong yi qi tang
  • Middle-Reinforcing and Qi-Benefiting Decoction
  • Center-Supplementing Qi-Boosting Decoction
  • pu chung i chi tang
  • hotyu ekki to
  • hochuekkito
  • TJ41; TJ-41; TJ 41
  • hochu-ekki-to
  • Hochū-ekki-tō
  • 補中益気湯
  • ほちゅうえっきとう
  • bǔ zhōng yì qì wán
  • 补中益气丸


  • supports lower abdominal muscles
  • regulates digestive functions in the stomach, abdomen, and large intestine supports energy levels
  • supports bladder health.
  • supports


Huang Qi 黃耆 astragalus root, milk-vetch root, milkvetch root Astragali Radix

    This is the herb that does all the heavy-lifting in this formula. In fact, “lifting” is a key term that applies to the function of this formula. The “Spleen” is said to help transform food into energy (think of this as digestive processes), but then this nutrition needs to be lifted to the lungs where they are then distributed elsewhere in the body. When the digestion is weak, the nutrition (or “grain qi”) cannot rise from the abdomen to be distributed through the body. This “spleen qi not lifting” then causes fatigue, bloating, dizziness upon rising, that sort of thing.

Bai Zhu 白术 , bai shu ovate atractylodes, (white) atractylodes rhizome [supports pregnancy]

    This Bai Zhu (pronounced “buy chew”) helps huang qi above support the digestive functions.

Zhi Gan Cao 炙甘草 licorice root Radix Glycyrrhizae prep. [caution]

    Another herb that supports digestion. Of course licorice root is added to most Chinese formulas because it helps all the ingredients play together well, however in this formula we use the licorice root that has been honey-fried. This process helps this herb strengthen the stomach functions in support of the digestive processes.

Ren Shen 人蔘 ginseng root Radix Panax Ginseng made from real ginseng

    Another heavy-weight in the world of herbs that provide digestive support. This is ginseng, famed world-wide as an energy tonic. In this formula, the energy arises directly from improved digestive functions.

Chen Pi 陳皮 aged tangerine peel, citrus Citri reticulatae Pericarpium

    When the digestion is weak, one outcome is gurgling and bloating. This dried tangerine peel addresses those symptoms of “dampness”.

Dang Gui 當歸 tangkuei, Chinese angelica root Radix Angelicae Sinensis [supports pregnancy]

    This is an herb that is added to prevent side-effects. Because Spleen qi deficiency (the underlying issue addressed by this formula) can lead to the production of dampness in the stomach and intestines, we use a lot of drying herbs in this formula. The overuse of drying herbs can cause new problems. The addition of this single moistening herb prevents that from taking place. This formula does it all!

Chai Hu 柴胡 hare’s ear root, thorowax root, bupleurum Radix Bupleuri [caution]

Sheng Ma 升麻 bugbane rhizome, cimicifuga, black cohosh rhizome Rhizoma Cimicifugae

    These last two herbs both help the Huang Qi direct qi upward from the digestive organs to the lungs where it is then distributed body-wide.

Recommended for these body types:
Slightly Delicate
Slightly Delicate

Recommended for these thermal natures:

<span=”RecommendedDoseSchedule”>Adult Dosage

This formula can be used to support health with or without symptoms. If symptoms are present, take 1 level teaspoon of the powder (8 capsules) three times daily. When symptoms are not present, take 1/2 level teaspoon (4 capsules), two times daily. Empty stomach is best for efficient absorption, but not essential. [More…]

At this dosage, your order will last approximately this long (?):

  • 50 grams powder (capsules only): 4 to 14 days.
  • 100 grams powder (capsules or powder): 8 to 25 days
  • 200 grams powder (powder only): 19 to 56 days

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12 thoughts on “Ginseng and Astragalus Combination (bu zhong yi qi tang)

  1. This formula was studied recently by university researchers in Japan. This study mimicked modern research in that it was designed as double-blind placebo-controlled trial.

    The most surprising aspect of this study is that the researchers only included “Kikyo” (delicate, easily fatigable, or hypersensitive) constitution patients. Researchers are not often practitioners and rarely even know about constitutions (or “body types” as we say here.) So that’s good news. They also used the exact same term that we use at Eagle Herbs (“delicate”) which is kind of neat.

    This study sought to find out if this formula could help benefit those patients with atopic dermatitis.

    After taking this formula for 24-weeks, the study didn’t find that the skin cleared up any better than with the placebo (fake medicine), but they did note that the amount of topical ointments these patients used decreased dramatically.

  2. Hi, can I use this powder as preventative treatment for altitude sickness? Thanks

  3. I’m not allowed to come out and say that anything is good for any particular problem such as altitude sickness (because this product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease).

    That being said, it is true that huang qi Astragalus should in theory support the functional activities of the lungs such that they may work more efficiently and allow one to better adapt to a low-oxygen environment.

    This Ginseng and Astragalus Combination is a good strong formula in that it contains two of the most potent tonic herbs known in Chinese medicine (huang qi Astragalus and ren shen Ginseng). However, I’d also consider a few other formulas such as:

    • Stephania and Astragalus Combination if there’s also fluid in the lungs (productive cough with clear or white fluids, railes, etc.)
    • Astragalus and Siler Formula is a good idea too, it has more Astragalus in it as a percentage of the formula
    • Cinnamon and Astragalus Combination, a well-balanced formula that can be taken long-term, based on Cinnamon Combination which is the #1 formula for “balancing yin and yang”. This is like how peanut butter is dry and bland, jelly is moist and sweet. They’re both great alone, but when you team them up together, they balance each other out. This formula is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich of Chinese herbalism. :)

    As usual, if you experience any problems at a high altitude, the solution is to descend to address your symptoms, but if you want to use Chinese herbs to support your travels, the formulas described here are good choices. Here’s more on “acute mountain sickness“.

  4. Thanks for your very informative reply to my question. I’ve also heard about the ShenQi Pollen Capsules, one of the most effective supplements to help adapt to high altitude, apparently. Can I order these from you?

  5. Sorry, I don’t have the ShenQi Pollen Capsules. I’ve never actually heard of these. Pay attention to the claims that merchandisers make too. If others on other sites are promoting the same ingredients as helpful, that’s better than buying something from a site where only they are making these claims. Something to think about. :)

  6. Hi
    I would like to know which is the best chinese formula for a heart failure condition. I heard about a research on a formula called Qili Qiangxin, but I don’t know if it’s easy to buy online or if it comes in another name.
    Thank you

  7. This is a good formula but without being seen by a practitioner I wouldn’t suggest it is the “best formula”. What may be best for one person may be not as good for another. Obviously with something as serious as heart failure I wouldn’t mess around. Where are you located and we find you a practitioner.

    Another formula to consider.

  8. Thank you very much for your answer.
    I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but I aliso work in São Paulo.
    Do you know a practioner in these both cities?

  9. Can you recommend an effective Chinese herbal medicine that treats snoring! I have been following a mixture called “ginseng and astragalus combination (GAC)”. Have you heard about it too? Please advise me.

  10. can American ginseng, codonopsos ,astragalus, and red sage all be taken together?

  11. They can but I wouldn’t especially advise it for most people. The first three all strongly boost the Qi in different ways. I assume the Red Sage is Dan Shen. Its a pretty strong combination and not a very balanced formula. Let us know what happens.

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