- You Gui Wan
“Restore the Right Pill” is a reference to an ancient theory that the Yang-warmth of the body comes from the right Kidney (while the yin-fluids come from the left.)
The Kidney yang-warmth in the body looks like metabolic heat in modern medicine. However, the Kidney yang is associated with many other specific function in Chinese medicine such as themuscular strength of the lower back and knees, libido, fertility, fluid metabolism and urinary functions, and even some immunity functions.
Fu Zi 附子 Prepared daughter root of Sichuan aconite Radix Lateralis Aconiti Carmichaeli Praeparata [don’t use if pregnant] These two herbs are very warm in nature, like hot peppers, but instead of burning your tongue, they warm your insides. They are said to “restore the right Kidney” because this is the source of yang or warmth in the body. These are especially important for those who feel cold all the time.
山藥 dioscorea rhizome, Chinese yam Dioscoreae Rhizoma
- Shan Yao is a general tonic herb, famous for its ability to address weaknesses in all of the key organs.
山茱萸 Asiatic cornelian cherry fruit, cornus Corni Fructus
- These four herbs are nourishing to the yin or body fluids and blood of the body. It is important to add these to the first two herbs in this formula because yang-warmth is like the spark, yin-fluids serve as the fuel, and the outcome is Kidney qi-energy. Qi energy means everything from having enough energy to appropriate urinary output which prevents edema or excessive urination.
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