Details of Lycium and Chrysanthemum Kidney Qi Pill
White mums are best for cooling the heat that rises to cause eye redness.

Alternative Names

  • qi ju di huang wan
  • chi chu ti huang wan
  • lycium, chrysanthemum and rehmannia formula
  • kokiku jio gan

Overview: This formula is a classic adaptation of Rehmannia 6 (Liu Wei di Huang Wan) with a special emphasis on the eyes. In particular, dry eyes, redness and heat caused by yin (fluid) deficiency.

Ingredients

Shu Di Huang 熟地黄 cooked rehmannia root, prepared Chinese foxglove root Rehmanniae Radix preparata [supports pregnancy]

  • This famous tonic herb has very deep roots. The depth of the roots are thought to represent the depth of nourishment that this herb provides. Body fluids and blood are considered very deep (as opposed to qi which is more superficial in location). In short, this herb supports adequate tears.

Shan Yao 山藥 dioscorea rhizome, Chinese yam Dioscoreae Rhizoma

  • This yam variety is famous for supporting all three organ divisions of the body (upper-cardiovascular, middle-digestive, and lower-urinary). In particular, the support that this herb provides the urinary system supports fluid metabolism. Many of the traditional indications that this formula addresses are thought to arise from a deficiency of yin-fluids.

Shan Zhu Yu 山茱萸 Asiatic cornelian cherry fruit, cornus Corni Fructus

  • This is a sweet and sour cherry. Sweet herbs are said to tonify, nourish and generally create more of something. Sour causes the mouth to pucker and water. So, sweet + sour is thought to be the right taste to stimulate the production of body fluids, including those that cool and moisturize the eyes. That’s the goal of this formula.

Fu Ling 茯苓 sclerotium of tuckahoe, China root, hoelen, Indian bread Poria Cocos

  • One issue that can arise with the three thick nourishing herbs above is that the digestion is overwhelmed and generate a byproduct called dampness. You can call it indigestion. This herb helps prevent the yin-fluid nourishing herbs from causing side-effects such as bloating, gas, and excessive gurgling.

Ze Xie 澤瀉 alisma rhizome, water plantain Rhizoma Alismatis Orientalis [supports pregnancy]

  • Like Fu Ling above, this herb protects the body from the accumulation of too much water. While Fu Ling addresses water in the stomach and intestines, this herb focuses on excess water a little lower in the body. It acts mostly on the urinary system to regulate the quantity of fluids that are excreted through the Kidneys. While the nourishing herbs above are lowering the amount of fluids excreted, this herb prevents that action from causing edema or a sensation of heaviness in the body. This herb’s name translates to “Marsh Drain” which I find quite appropriate to its function.

Mu Dan Pi 牡丹皮 moutan root bark, tree peony root bark Cortex Moutan Radicis

  • Mu Dan Pi addresses a particular set of symptoms that often arise from this lack of body fluids. In particular, it cools the (Chinese concept of the) Liver to support bloodshot-free eyes.

Gou Qi Zi 枸杞子 lycium fruit, Chinese wolfberry, matrimony vine fruit, goji berry Lycii Fructus [use caution if pregnant]

  • This is the first of two herbs that directly target the health of the eyes. This herb is mostly beneficial for the inside of the eye, meaning the retina, vision functions, and floaters. It is also thought to be something of a fertility and libido enhancement herb (hence the name “matrimony vine fruit”). There’s a traditional soup that includes this ingredient that is sometimes cooked for newlyweds on their wedding night. Its very delicious!

Ju Hua 菊花 chrysanthemum flower Flos Chrysanthemi Morifolii

  • This is the other herb that directly benefits the eyes in this formula for vision and floaters. This herb is served as a refreshing and delicious tea in many Chinese restaurants. This is the pale yellow tea that is commonly served with your food, however in this particular formula, the white petal version is used, as it is thought to better “cool the liver” which is one of the goals of this formula. Added to this formula, it keeps the whites of the eyes clear when they’re red due to frustration, overwork, or allergies.
Recommended for these body types:
Balanced
Balanced
Slightly Delicate
Slightly Delicate

Delicate
Delicate
Recommended for these thermal natures:
Warm
Warm
Neutral
Neutral

Cool
Cool
<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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