Eleven Ingredient Decoction to Warm the Gall Bladder

Details of 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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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.

 

 
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Cyperus and Atractylodes Combination (Yue Ju Wan)

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Xiang fu (Cyperus root) regulates the qi to address frequent sighing or dull tummy aches.

Alternative Names

  • Yue Chu Wan
  • Yue Ju Wan
  • Stagnation-Relieving Pill
  • Xiong Zhu Wan
  • Cyperus and Atractylodes Pill
  • Ligusticum Chuanxiong and Atractylodes Pill
  • Escape Restraint Pill

This is the formula for the so-called “six stagnations”. Yue Ju Wan was created for “excess” types (even though they may feel tired a lot). Simply put, the systems of digestion, blood flow, fluids and qi / energy are clogged up. When things aren’t flowing well the body’s systems’ functions are compromised. I use this formula for a number of conditions including indigestion, fatigue, insomnia (hard to fall asleep) and heaviness of the body. Also it is very useful for mental conditions including anxiety, depression, frustrations and anger (if the pattern fits the above).

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Cinnabar Sedative Digestive Cleanser (Zhu Sha An Shen Wan)

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Huang Lian (Coptis root) is great for bad breath, but also calms the spirit.

Alternative Names

  • Zhu Sha An Shen Wan
  • chu sha an shen wan
  • Cinnabar Pill to Tranquilize the Spirit
  • An Shen Wan
  • Tranquilize the Spirit Pill

Benefits

  • promotes calm
  • supports restful sleep
  • regualtes the heartbeat
  • supports memory
  • eliminates chronic foul, bad or offensive breath
  • eliminates chronic foul, bad, or offensive anal odor

This is a very potent formula for those with heat in their Stomach, Large Intestine and Heart. This heat can cause restlessness, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety. However a more contemporary application of this formula is in the treatment of social anxiety associated with bad breath or anal odor.

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Is it my breath?

Chinese medicine doesn’t teach that anxiety is all in your head, rather it’s all in your Heart.

The (Chinese medicine concept of the) Heart is said to store the spirit. When there’s a problem in the Heart, the spirit is disturbed. Anxiety resides in the unsettled Heart, altering our entire perception of the world.

This formula addresses the kind of anxiety that arises from heat or fire in the Stomach and Intestines. This heat also causes stinky problems such as bad breath and anal odor that arises from heat or fire in the Stomach and Intestines. This heat also causes stinky problems such as bad breath and anal odor.

Heat in the Stomach can also cause problems along the trajectory of the Stomach channel such as bleeding gums, sores inside the mouth, and acne.

Heat in the Large Intestine can arise with dampness, in which case yellow, explosive and especially foul-smelling diarrhea is the outcome. Gas may arise from dampness and heat in the Large Intestine too. This is that really potent smelling gas that we used to call “silent but deadly” as children. Very little quantity, but very strong odor that may actually burn the anus.

If this heat in the Stomach and Intestines is allowed to stay remain long enough, it can dry up the fluids and give rise to constipation with hard dry poops.

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