Herb Formulas Notebook

Du Huo Ji Sheng Jiu

(Pubescent Angelica and Taxillus Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Wind-Cold-Damp Obstruction with Liver and Kidney deficiency

Key Symptoms: Heaviness and pain at fixed locations in the lower back and extremities, worse on damp or rainy days, aversion to cold, attraction to warmth
Secondary Symptoms: Weakness and stiffness, hypertonicity and immobility, parasthesias or numbness, palpitations

Tongue: Pale body, white coat
Pulse: Thin, weak, slow
Abdomen: Soft and weak lower abdomen, hupertonicity of rectus abdominis muscle in lower abdomen

Du Huo 30g
Xi Xin 12g
Fang Feng 20g
Qin Jiao 30g
Sang Ji Sheng 20g
Du Zhong 50g
Niu Xi 30g
Rou Gui 15g
Dang Gui 50g
Chuan Xiong 20g
Sheng Di Huang 50g
Bai Shao 30g
Dang Shen 30g
Fu Ling 40g
Gan Cao 15g
Bai Jiu 1.95L

In the UK Xi Xin should be substituted. The options for this are either Wei Ling Xian, or Wu Zhu Yu and Sheng Jiang, or the dosage of Yang fortifying herbs may be increased. Qiang Huo and Gui Zhi are also sometimes used but the formula already contains Du Huo and Rou Gui which come from the same plant and are better for the lower body but they could be included if there are upper body symptoms too.
Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.

Preparation: Break up the ingredients with a mortar and pestle and seal in a large jar with 1.95L of alcohol for 14 days. Drain the dregs and store for use.
Take a suitable amount at no fixed schedule.

Actions: Expels Wind, Disperses Painful Obstruction, tonifies deficiency

Contraindications: Strong excess or Damp-Heat patterns of Painful Obstruction

This is a variation of Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang in tincture form.

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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.