Herb Formulas Notebook

Zuo Gui Yin

Restore the Left (Kidney) Drink

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Source: Collected Treatises of Jing-Yue (1624)
Author: Zhang Jie-Bin / Jing-Yue

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yin

Pattern: Deficiency of Kidney Yin, Jing and marrow

Key Symptoms: Lower back soreness, spontaneous emissions, night sweats, a dry mouth and throat, thirst with a desire to drink

Tongue: Peeled and shiny
Pulse: Thin, rapid

Shu Di Huang 6-60g
Shan Yao 3-6g
Shan Zhu Yu 3-6g
Gou Qi Zi 6g
Fu Ling 4.5g
Zhi Gan Cao 3g

Preparation: Decoction. The name refers to this as a "Yin" (drink) which suggests a shorter boiling time than most decoctions.

Actions: Nourishes the Yin and tonifies the Kidneys.

Is a milder version of Zuo Gui Wan.
The source text suggests a few additions for various indications:
- Heat in the Lungs with irritanility: add Mai Men Dong
- Blood stasis: add Mu Dan Pi
- Heat in the Spleen with frequent hunger that cannot be satisfied: add Bai Shao
- Heat in the Kidneys with Steaming Bone Disorder: add Di Gu Pi


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

Herba Galeopsidis(Hempnettle)7g(Emperor)
Folium Equiseti(Horsetail)6g(Minister)
Fructus Cardui mariae/td>(Milk Thistle)9g(Minister)
Herba Millefolii(Yarrow)1g(Assistant)
Folium Rosmarini(Rosemary)2g(Assistant)
Radix Glycyrrhizae(Licorice root)2g(Assistant)

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.