Herb Formulas Notebook

Du Huo Dang Gui Jiu

Angelica Pubescens and Tangkeui Wine

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Source: Chinese Medicinal Wines and Elixirs (2008)
Author: Various

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Wind-Damp Obstruction in the back and lower limbs

Key Symptoms: Lower back and lower leg aching and pain

Du Huo 30g
Du Zhong 30g
Dang Gui 30g
Chuan Xiong 30g
Shu Di Huang 30g
Dan Shen 30g
Bai Jiu 1.3L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.

Preparation: Grind the ingredients into a powder and place them in a large jar with 1.3L of alcohol (traditionally rice wine but any 40% spirit will suffice) and seal the lid. Warm by a fire for one day and one night, then once cooled remove the dregs and store for use.
There is no set time or amount for administration but taken when needed. It is normal to feel the alcohol Qi (e.g. a slight tipsy or light-headedness).

Actions: Dispels Wind-Dampness, soothes the joints

Contraindications: Damp-Heat conditions and long term use due to the harmful effects on continuous alcohol consumption. The alcohol can be boiled off to reduce this risk if desired but at the expense of the pain alleviating and Blood invigorating effects of the alcohol.

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.