Herb Formulas Notebook

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

Heavenly Emperor's Pill to Tonify the Heart

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Source: Fine Formulas for Women with Annotations and Commentary (16th century)

Category: Formulas that Calm the Spirit

Pattern: Heart Blood and Yin deficiency, Heart and Kidneys failing to communicate

Key Symptoms: Irritability, palpitations, heat in the palms and soles, fatigue, very restless sleep, inability to think or concentrate, forgetfulness
Secondary Symptoms: Anxiety, sores of the mouth and tongue, low grade fever, night sweats, dry stools

Tongue: Red body, scant coating
Pulse: Thin, rapid

Sheng di Huang 12-24g
Ren Shen 6-12g
Tian Men Dong 6g
Mai Men Dong 6g
Xuan Shen 6-15g
Dan Shen 6-15g
Fu Ling 6-15g
Yuan Zhi 6-15g
Dang Gui 6g
Wu Wei Zi 6-15g
Bai Zi Ren 6g
Suan Zao Ren 6g
Jie Geng 3-15g

Preparation: Commonly taken in pill form bound with honey.

The original formula coated the pills with Zhu Sha but due to the toxicity this is no longer used.

Actions: Enriches the Yin, nourishes the Blood, clears Heat, calms the Shen

Contraindications: Spleen and Stomach deficiency patterns

Ploberger (2017), in Westliche und traditionell chinesische Heilkräuter, offers the following alternative using western herbs:

Herba Visci alba(Mistletoe)8g(Emperor)
Herba Galeopsidis(Hempnettle)10g(Minister)
Flos Crataegi(Hawthorn flowers)4g(Minister & Envoy)
Folium Melissae(Melissa leaves)5g(Minister)
Radix Ginseng(Ginseng)3g(Minister)
Herba Passiflorae(Passion Flower)5g(Minister)
Strobulus Lupuli(Hops)2g(Minister)
Flos Rosae(Rose)5g(Minister)
Herba Hyperici(St. John's Wort)2g(Minister)

Research Links:
Science Direct
Google Scholar
Journal of Chinese Medicine
American Dragon

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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.