Herb Formulas Notebook

Niu Xi Shi Hu Jiu

(Achyranthes and Dendrobium Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Kidney deficiency with Wind-Cold-Damp obstruction in the lower back and legs

Key Symptoms: Pain, stiffness and weakness in the lower back and legs, numbness and insensitivity

Shi Hu 85g
Niu Xi 150g
Du Zhong 120g
Dan Shen 90g
Shu Di Huang 150g
Rou Gui 60g
Bai Jiu 2.6L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means rice wine but can be substituted with any other high strength spirit.
Shi Hu may also need to be replaced due to availability. Tian Men Dong and Gou Qi Zi would make suitable substitutes.

Preparation: Grind the herbs and place in a large jar with 2.6L of alcohol and seal the lid. Put the jar in a pan of water and bring a boil 100 times. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 1-2 teacups warm at no fixed intervals. Slight intoxication from the alcohol should be felt.

Actions: Dispels Wind-Damp and scatters Cold, supplements the Kidneys and strengthens the lower back, strengthens the bones.

Contraindications: Damp-Heat conditions, pregnancy and long term in the young and middle aged use due to the harmful effects on continuous alcohol consumption.

The original recipe only has 15g of Niu Xi listed. Seeing as it is one of the chief herbs after which the formula is named it seemed appropriate to make it a similar dosage to the others so it has been increased tenfold and assumed that a typo missed out a 0.

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