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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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 mentle functions
  • supports

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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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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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Citrus and Crataegus Formula (Bao He Wan)

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Shan Zha or Hawthorn Fruit helps digest meat and lower cholesterol.

Shan Zha or Hawthorn Fruit helps digest meat and lower cholesterol.

Our favorite formula for digestion. We always have some handy.

This formula is called a “digestive” formula in Chinese medicine. This says that it helps the body digest. This means the formula is for sluggish movement from the stomach down through the intestines.

Bao He Wan helps you digest foods that are difficult to digest. You may feel bloated or “stuck feeling” in the stomach even several hours after a meal. You can use it just once or as many times as you need it.

Now, this formula helps a lot but obviously, you’ll want to pay attention to what you’re eating and look into finding out what is not easily digested and of course eating less of that.

Foods that are difficult to digest include greasy, fatty, deep-friend, dairy, meaty things. If your restaurant has a take-out counter, you may be eating foods that are tasty, but ridiculously unhealthy. I’m guessing that I’m not telling you anything new on this one.

Often the “Bao He Wan” tongue has a thick and greasy coat.

Alternative Names

  • Bao He Wan
  • Preserve Harmony Pills
  • Harmony Preserving Pills
  • Citrus and Crataegus Formula

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Six Major Herb Combination (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

  • liu jun zi tang
  • liu chun tzu tang
  • pinellia and ginseng six combination
  • 6 gentleman formula
  • Six Gentleman Decoction
  • rokkunsi to
  • rikkunshito
  • TJ-43; TJ43; TJ 43
  • rikkunshi-to
  • Rikkunshi-tō
  • 六君子湯
  • りっくんしとう
  • liù jūn zǐ wán
  • 六君子丸

Benefits

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

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Pinellia Combination (ban xia xie xin tang)

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Pinellia is a great drying herb that also addresses nausea.

Pinellia is a great drying herb that also addresses nausea.

Alternative Names

  • ban xia xie xin tang
  • pan hsia hsieh hsin tang
  • Pinellia Heart-Draining Decoction
  • Pinellia Heart-Purging Decoction
  • han ge sya sin to
  • hangeshashinto
  • Hange-shashin-tō
  • 半夏瀉心湯
  • はんげしゃしんとう
  • TJ14; TJ-14; TJ 14

Benefits

  • supports digestive functions
  • supports intestinal health
  • supports

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Gentiana Combination (Long Dan Xie Gan Tang)

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Gentiana cools to calm the spirit and make you cool of course. ;)

Gentiana cools to calm the spirit and make you cool of course. ;)

Alternative Names

  • long dan xie gan tang
  • lung tan hsieh kan tang
  • long dan xue gan tang
  • Gentian Liver-Draining Decoction
  • Gentian Liver-Purging Decoction
  • ryutan syakan to
  • Ryūtan-shakan-tō
  • 竜胆瀉肝湯
  • りゅうたんしゃかんとう
  • TJ76; TJ-76; TJ 76
  • lóng dǎn xiè gān wán
  • 龍膽瀉肝丸

Benefits

  • cools redness in the face
  • calms restlessness
  • calms rage.
  • supports vaginal health
  • supports bladder health

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Citrus and Pinellia Combination (Er Chen Tang)

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Dried aged tangerine peel is great for intestinal gurgling.

Alternative Names

  • er chen tang
  • erh chen tang
  • ni tin to
  • nichinto
  • two olds combination
  • two cured decoction
  • two aged combination
  • Two Vintage Herbs Decoction
  • Nichin-tō
  • 二陳湯
  • にちんとう
  • TJ81; TJ-81; TJ 81
  • èr chén wán
  • 二陳丸

This formula is named after the two herbs in this formula that are aged or cured, those being the ban xia (pinellia) and the citrus peel (ju hong). These herbs are very drying in the Stomach and Intestines. This formula is a central component to many formulas that address issues that arise from excessive fluids in the gastro-intestinal system.

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