Cnidium & Notopterygium Combination (Shen Tong Zhu Yu Tang)

Tao Ren (Peach Pit) supports blood movement.
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Tao Ren (Peach Pit) supports blood movement.

Tao Ren (Peach Pit) supports blood movement.

There is an ancient saying that explains aches and pains in the body. “Where there is flow, there is no pain, and where there is pain there is no flow.” This formula supports the flow of qi and blood. It is especially designed to address aches and pains anywhere in the body.

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Eleven Ingredient Decoction to Warm the Gall Bladder

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Bamboo leaves help clear out the heat that causes anxiety in the Heart.

This formula is for anxiety or restlessness, specifically for someone with a thick tongue coating.. This indicates the presence of turbid dampness in the body. This extra fluid causes bloating, edema and perhaps bags beneath the eyes. Dampness also causes stagnation which leads to heat, which rises to the Heart, and that causes anxiety.

A note about this “Warm the Gall Bladder” name. Since this formula clears heat, it seems like this is actually an eleven ingredient decoction FOR a warm gall bladder. Obviously, nobody asked me about how to best translate the name from Chinese into English.

More importantly, this formula has at its base an important seven-herb combination used for dampness in the digestive tract with heat in the heart (which then causes restlessness, anxiety and insomnia). This Warm the Gall Bladder Combination is actually another modification on a damp-resolving formula known as Citrus and Pinellia Combination. Chinese medicine formulas tend to build on past successes.

Alternative Names

  • Shi Yi Wei Wen Dan Tang

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Anxiety Modification

Settle the Emotions Pill (Ding Zhi Wan)

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Fu shen is the “heart” of Fu Ling which calms the “heart” in people.

This formula is for anxiety or jumpiness, specifically for someone with a timid or indecisive nature.

Alternative Names

  • Ding Zhi Wan

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Metal Lock Pill to Stabilize the Essence (Jin Suo Gu Jing Tang)

Lotus stamin helps astringe things leaking downstairs.
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Lotus stamin helps astringe things leaking downstairs.

This formula is for nocturnal emissions that are NOT accompanied by a dream. I know, it’s ironic, a wet dream, without the dream. To find a formula for nocturnal emissions WITH a dream, see the flow-chart graphic on nocturnal emissions.

Alternative Names

  • Jin Suo Gu Jing Tang
  • Golden Lock Essence-Securing Decoction
  • Chin Suo Ku Ching Wan
  • Golden Lock Essence-Securing Pill
  • Golden Lock Pill for Consolidating the Essence
  • Lotus Stamen Formula

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Tokoro Formula from the Cheng Clan (Cheng Shi Bei Xie Fen Qing Yin)

No matter how hard I try, just can't make this herb pretty.
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Wet dreams are a normal part of a young man’s reproductive growth. It is messy, but the dreams themselves can’t be beat. So if you’re under the age of 21 and still have one or two reasons to change your pajamas per month, you’re good. You’ll grow out of it. If you’re having more than one or two nocturnal emissions, keep reading.

If you’re over 21 and want to address this concern, keep reading.

It you’ve arrived at this page hoping to induce a wet dream, I can’t help you with that. Back to the search engines with you!

Alternative Names

  • Cheng Shi Bei Xie Fen Qing Yin
  • Dr. Cheng’s Dioscorea Hypoglauca Decoction to Separate the Clear
  • 程氏萆解分清飲
  • Tokoro Drink to Separate the Clear (from Awakening of the Mind in Medical Studies – 1732 CE) modified

About this formula: this is a modification of Bei Xie Fen Qing Yin which is famous for “seperating the clear from the turbid”. That’s generally a reference to addressing cloudy urine. However with a few modifications, it is an excellent approach for nocturnal emissions due to damp-heat.

Damp-heat arises more easily in young men who run hot to begin with. As an example of this “running hot” notice how young people are perfectly comfortable in chilly weather wearing nothing more than a t-shirt while older people bundle up. In our youth, and especially adolescence, “yang qi is exhuberant”. Yang qi is body heat, emotional passion, hormones, etc.

Damp-heat can originate externally too. Hot humid weather is a good example, but more often, especially among young men, is the damp-heat that arises from a fast-food diet. If it’s deep-fried or causes obesity, you can pretty much assume that it is a generator of damp-heat internally in young men. Beer and alcohol also cause damp-heat.

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Taishan Bedrock Powder (Tai Shan Pan Shi San)

Sha Ren is a delicous aromatic herb that really firms up loose stools.
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Sha Ren is a famous anti-nausea herb that supports a full-term pregnancy.

Alternative Names

  • Great Mountain Bedrock Powder
  • Tai Shan Pan Shi San
  • Powder that Gives the Stability of Mount Tai

About this formula: the mention of the “Tai Shan”, or “great mountain” is an image of stability in Chinese culture like the “Rock of Gibraltar” is used by a financial services firm to promote stability.

“Instability” is how Chinese medicine refers to a tendency toward miscarriages. Those who benefit the most from this formula are fatigued and weak as a rule. There may be a pale complexion and lack of appetite as well.

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Tang-Kuei and Arctium Formula (xiao feng san)

Dang gui helps nourish the "Liver blood", or neurotransmiters.
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Dang gui helps nourish the "Liver blood", or neurotransmiters.

Dang gui helps nourish the "Liver blood", a precursor to skin moisturizing oil.

Alternative Names

  • Wind Dispersing Powder
  • xiao feng san
  • hsiao feng san
  • syuhu san
  • shofusan

This formula does four things that all support healthy skin. They work together to address the internal organs as well as the external skin.

The four treatment principles inherent in this formula include the following:

  1. Nourish the blood to moisturize the skin.
    • This is often the root cause of rashes or dry skin. “Nourishing the blood” doesn’t necessarily mean that you have anemia. The secretions of oil in the skin are considered a subset of the blood. So dry skin is addressed through the blood.
  2. Extinguish wind to eliminate itching.
    • When “wind” is said to enter the skin, it may produce the sensation of an insect crawling on the skin, or simply cause itching. This formula includes a few herbs to “extinguish wind” for this reason.
  3. Dry damp to address wet or weeping rashes.
    • Dampness arises from a fluid metabolism disregulation in the body. When you are humid inside, it is easy for oozing rashes and sores to arise in your skin. Some itchy rashes also feel wet after you scratch them. This too is dampness.
  4. Clear heat to protect the blood and remove redness.
    • Whenever we see redness on the body, we assume that there is “heat” involved. Usually red things are warm to the touch too. So, another goal with red rashes is to locate the heat and remove it.

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Atractylodes and Dioscorea Combination (Wan Dai Tang)

Shan yao is a Chinese yam supports the respiratory, digestive, and excretory systems.
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Shan yao is a Chinese yam supports the respiratory, digestive, and excretory systems.

A triple-action recipe to help you hit that sweet spot between too wet and too dry.

Action 1: supports efficient digestion which is the first step in healthy fluid metabolism (leading to a discharge-free day!)

Action 2: regulates the enteric nervous system in support of healthy digestion and fluid metabolism. This targets the stress-induced aspect of vaginal discharge.

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Agastache Formula (Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San)

Patchouli dries up sloppy poo and stimulates taste sense by "piercing turbidity".
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Patchouli settles the stomach by “piercing turbidity”.

I find this is the “go-to” formula for most forms of nausea. It is often used for pregnant women (although of course a doctor should be consulted for unremitting or serious nausea – pregnant or not). But for the run of the mill, “not feeling so great”  nausea after a greasy meal etc… I go for this (or some fresh ginger in water).

Also, this is a great formula to have on-hand for the cold and flu season. It excels in settling the stomach when a common cold or flu is aggravated by nausea. One thing, traditionally this formula is only used for “wind-cold” not “wind-heat”. Each of these conditions include chills and fever, however for the best outcomes with this formula, use it when you have more chills than fever (or equal amounts of chills and fever). If you only have fever, consider something else such as Lonicera and Forsythia Formula

Alternative Names

  • Agastache Powder to Rectify the Qi
  • Huo Hsiang Cheng Chi San (Wan)
  • Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan
  • Agastache Qi-Regulating Formula (Pill)
  • Agastache Genuine-Qi Powder (Pill)
  • Pogostemon Powder to Rectify the Qi
  • Patchouli Powder to Rectify the Qi
  • Pogostemon Formula
  • 藿香正氣散

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Coptis and Magnolia Bark Drink (Lian Po Yin)

Huang Lian (Rx. Coptis) is often used for a fullness or stuffiness right below the sternum.
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Huang Lian (Rx. Coptis) is often used for a fullness or stuffiness right below the sternum.

This is one of those amazing Chinese herb recipes that have yet to be fully appreciated in the West. It is for damp-heat. Many people in developed nations are hot and damp. You can see it on their faces, or rather in their faces. People with red swollen faces generally have damp-heat in their body. This is one of many formulas for exactly that condition and of course all the symptoms that arise from that condition.

Alternative Names

  • Lian Po Yin
  • Coptis and Magnolia Bark Decoction
  • Coptis and Magnolia Bark Combination
  • 蓮朴飲

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