Herb Formulas Notebook

Shi Pi Yin

Bolster the Spleen Drink

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Source: Formulas to Aid the Living (1253)
Author: Yan Yong-He

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency

Key Symptoms: Oedema that is worse below the waist, cold extremities, chest and abdominal distention, loss of appetite, scanty urine, semi-liquid stools

Tongue: Thick, greasy coating
Pulse: Submerged and slow or thin
Abdomen: Distended

Bao Fu Zi 6g
Pao Jiang 6g
Fu Ling 6g
Bai Zhu 6g
Mu Gua 6g
Hou Po 6g (ginger fried)
Mu Xiang 6g
Da Fu Pi 6g
Cao Guo 6g
Gan Cao 3g
Sheng Jiang 5sl
Da Zao 1pc

Originally contained Bing Lang but is usually substituted with Da Fu Pi due to its harsh action. In the UK both of these need to be substituted with Zhi Shi and Yu Li Ren.

In addition Fu Zi must be substituted with Gan Jiang and Rou Gui.

Preparation: Originally all but the last two ingredients were ground into a powder and taken in 12g doses as a draft with a decoction of the last two. At present usually prepared as a decoction.

Actions: Warms the Yang, strengthens the Spleen, moves the Qi, promotes urination

Contraindications: Yang-type Oedema

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