Herb Formulas Notebook

Zhen Ren Yang Zang Tang

(True Man's Decoction to Nourish the Organs)

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Source: Formulary of the Pharmacy Service for Benefiting the People of the Taiping Era (1107)
Author: Imperial Medical Bureau

Category: Formulas that Stabilise and Bind

Pattern: Leaking abandonment due to chronic diarrhoea depleting the Spleen, Kidneys and Intestines

Key Symptoms: Chronic diarrhoea or dysenteric disorders with unremitting diarrhoea and in severe cases prolapse of the rectum. May contain pus and blood and may also be tenesmus.
Secondary Symptoms: Lethargy, wan complexion, reduced appetite, soreness of the lower back, lack of strength in the legs

Tongue: Pale with a white coating
Pulse: Slow and thin
Abdomen: Mild persistent abdominal pain that responds favourably to local pressure or warmth.

Ren Shen 3-6g
Bai Zhu 9-12g (dry fried)
Rou Gui 3-4.5g
Rou Dou Kou 9-15g (roasted)
He Zi 6-15g
Ying Su Ke 6-20g (honey prepared)
Bai Shao 9-15g
Dang Gui 6-12g
Mu Xiang 6-9g
Gan Cao 3-9g

In the UK Ying Su Ke must be substituted with Wu Mei.

Preparation: Originally ground into a powder and taken in 6g drafts before meals. Can also be prepared as a decoction.

Actions: Warms the Middle Jiao, tonifies deficiency, restrains leakage from the intestines, stops diarrhoea.

Contraindications: Excess conditions, especially stagnation and Damp-Heat. While taking the patient should aviod alcohol, wheat, cold or raw foods, fish and greasy foods.

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