Herb Formulas Notebook

Dang Gui Sheng Jiang Yang Rou Tang

Mutton Stew with Tangkuei and Fresh Ginger

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Tonify Blood

Pattern: Constitutional or postpartum Blood deficiency of allowing Cold invasion of the abdomen, Ren Mai bulging disorders.

Key Symptoms: Postpartum abdominal pain, cold abdominal hernial pain, or spasmodic pain in the flanks that responds favourably to warmth and pressure.

Pulse: Submerged, wiry and forceless

Dang Gui 9g
Sheng Jiang 15g
Yang Rou 48g

Due to UK definitions of herbal medicine not allowing the use of animal substances Yang You (Mutton) cannot be prescribed but it can easily be recommended as food therapy with Dang Gui the only real "herb" in this formula.

If a vegetarian alternative is required then substituting mutton for a variety of beans, lentils or tofu/soy plus some dark green leafy vegetables and some B12 fortified ingredients would suffice.

Preparation: Prepare as a stew by simmering in 8 cups of water until it is reduced to 3 cups of liquid.

Actions: Warms the Interior, nourishes the Blood, alleviates pain

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