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Patchouli dries up sloppy poo and stimulates taste sense by "piercing turbidity".

Agastache Formula (Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San)

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

Coptis and Magnolia Bark Drink (Lian Po Yin)

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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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Xiang fu (Cyperus root) helps spread the qi over the chest to address tightness or dull aches beneath the ribs.

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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Saussurea and Cardamon Combination (xiang sha liu jun zi tang)

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Dried aged tangerine peel is great for intestinal gurgling.

Dried aged tangerine peel is great for intestinal gurgling.

Alternative Names

  • xiang sha liu jun zi tang
  • hsiang sha liu chun tzu tang
  • Saussurea and Cardamon Combination
  • Six-Gentleman Formula with Aucklandia and Amomum
  • Aucklandia and Amomum Gentleman Decoction
  • Saussurea and Six-Major-Herb Decoction
  • Vladmimiria and Cardamon Combination

Benefits

  • regulates intestinal noise
  • regulates digestive functions
  • supports intestinal health
  • supports mental functions
  • supports

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Huang qin is one of the few herbs that enter the so-called "pivot" of the body.

Scutellaria Decoction (Huang Qin Tang)

Scutellaria Decoction (Huang Qin Tang)

Huang qin is one of the few herbs that enter the so-called "pivot" of the body.

Detoxifying since 220 AD. Huang Qin Tang (Scutellaria Decoction) is a simple modification of the #1 formula in Shang Han Lun style Chinese herbalism. The Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Injury) is one of the key Chinese medicine “bibles” (or “classics” as the Chinese say). Huang Qin Tang is pronounced “wong chin tong“.

Alternative Names

  • Huang Qin Tang
  • Huang Chin Tang
  • Scute and Licorice Combination
  • 黃芩湯
  • Scutellaria Decoction
  • Huang-Qin-Tang (HQT)
  • PHY906, PHY 906

About this formula

Recently studied as a digestive aid called PHY906 (Huang Qin Tang) in those undergoing Western drug therapy.

Huang Qin Tang was traditionally used for gastrointestinal distress and detoxifying the intestines when resulting in burning crampy diarrhea with a strong odor. However it was not assumed that this diarrhea was due to an infection in the intestines, rather a toxicity issue in other locations of the body, specifically the “Shao Yang pivot.”

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This formula is named after the herb that translates to "Kindling of the Barbarians".

Minor Bupleurum Combination (xiao chai hu tang)

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Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Bupleurum unsticks what is stuck.

Alternative Names

  • xiao chai hu tang
  • hsiao chai hu tang
  • shosaikoto
  • syo saiko to
  • sho-saiko-to
  • xiao-chai-hu-tang
  • TJ-9; TJ9; TJ 9
  • shosaiko-toh
  • Shō-saiko-tō
  • 小柴胡湯
  • しょうさいことう
  • xiǎo chái hú tāng wán
  • 小柴胡汤丸

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Magnolia bark is famous for abdominal bloating.

Major Rhubarb Combination (Da Cheng Qi Tang)

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Magnolia bark is famous for abdominal bloating.

Alternative Names

  • Major Purgative Decoction
  • Major Order the Qi Decoction
  • da cheng qi tang
  • ta cheng chi tang
  • dai zyoki to
  • daijokito
  • Dai-jōki-tō
  • 大承気湯
  • だいじょうきとう
  • TJ133; TJ-133; TJ 133

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Tangerine peel pulls double duty in this formula. Great for bloating and gurgling.

Magnolia and Ginger Formula (Ping Wei San)

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Tangerine peel pulls double duty in this formula. Great for bloating and gurgling.

Tangerine peel pulls double duty in this formula. Great for bloating and gurgling.

Alternative Names

  • Stomach-Calming Powder
  • Calm the Stomach Powder
  • ping wei san
  • heik san
  • heiisan
  • Heii-san
  • 平胃散
  • へいいさん
  • TJ79; TJ-79; TJ 79
  • píng wèi sǎn wán
  • 平胃散丸

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Huang qin (scute) is great for clearing heat. Heat smells really bad.

Pueraria, Scutellaria, and Coptis Decoction

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Kudzu root relaxes the neck and shoulders.

Kudzu root relaxes the neck and shoulders.

Looking for Huang Qin Tang? The formula described on this page isn’t the same as has been mentioned in gut-protection research. See: Huang Qin Tang

Alternative Names

  • Ge Gen Huang Lian Huang Qin Tang
  • Ge Gen Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang
  • Kudzu, Scutellaria, and Coptis Decoction
  • ko ken huang lien huang chin tang

Benefits

  • This formula is used to cool what is hot. Internal heat generally smells bad, very bad. This can apply to flatulence or belching. Heat can also rise into the “Heart” which is said to store the spirit. Heat in the Heart then, can cause one’s passions to be more intense such that one might make a mountain out of a molehill.

Ge gen (kudzu) is an herb often added to formulas to address neck and shoulder stiffness or muscle spasms, but it is also great for regulating spasms in the large intestine and regulates bowel transit times such that loose or wet stools will harden up. This particular formula is commonly used for that most unsightly of kinds of diarrhea one that is yellow, and explosive, with a strong odor that burns the anus. A closely associated situation is called “tenesmus” wherein one lacks the sensation of having completely finished their poop. There’s always a little bit left, or at least the sensation thereof.

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Wu Zhu Yu is the little purple dots in this image. Very strong taste, like a sweet aromatic pepper.

Four Miracle Pills (Si Shen Wan)

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Wu Zhu Yu is the little purple dots in this image. Very strong taste, like a sweet aromatic pepper.

Wu Zhu Yu is the little purple dots in this image. Very strong taste, like a sweet aromatic pepper.

Alternative Names

  • Si Shen Wan

This formula warms up the digestive processes in order to more efficiently firm up the stools.

This formula can be taken long-term, but if one is hypersensitive to cold temperatures, there are likely other symptoms that may appear due to this same lack of metabolic heat (or “yang” as we say in Chinese medicine.)

As such, pay attention to related products that may appear on this page, or look around for other formulas for yang deficiency that may apply to you.

Proper and efficient digestion relies on the body’s yang energy. In this context, yang is metabolic heat. When the metabolism of the body in general is deficient, the efficiency of the digestion is also going to be weakened.

The reason that this sort of diarrhea is most prevalent in the early morning hours is because this condition is really due to a lack of heat in the body. The early morning hours are the coldest hours (energetically and thermally) and thus the body simply can’t keep the fecal matter in the body at this time of the day. Cold isn’t just a lack of heat, it can be an extra energy in the body too, which is another reason that the body responds with a bowel movement. The body can expel cold through the bowels, just like heat can be expelled through sweat.

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