Herb Formulas Notebook

Ba Zhen Tang

Eight Treasure Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Qi and Blood

Pattern: Qi and Blood Deficiency, disharmony of Yang Wei Mai where Ying and Wei are too fearful to produce fever or chills.

Key Symptoms: Pallor or sallow complexion, reduced appetite, easily fatigued extremities, lightheadedness, dizziness
Secondary Symptoms: Palpitations, anxiety, shortness of breath, laconic speech, lowered vitality

Tongue: Pale body, thin white coat
Pulse: Thin and frail or large and deficient, without strength
Abdomen: Weak and soft

Ren Shen 3-9g
Bai Zhu 9g
Fu Ling 9-15g
Zhi Gan Cao 5g
Shu Di Huang 15g
Bai Shao 9-15g
Dang Gui 9g
Chuan Xiong 5g
Sheng Jiang 6sl
Da Zao 4pc

Preparation: Decoction. Also known as Women's Precious Pills if ground into powder and formed into pills.

Actions: Tonifies and augments the Qi and Blood

Contraindications: Excess conditions

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

Radix Ginseng(Ginseng root)5g(Emperor)
Herba Anserinae(Silverweed)1g(Minister)
Fructus Juniperi(Juniper berries)3g(Minister)
Pericarpium Citri ret.(Orange peel)5g(Minister)
Radix Paeoniae alba(White Peony)7g(Minister)
Semen Lini(Linseed)5g(Minister)
Herba Nasturtii(Watercress)5g(Assistant)
Radix Glycyrrhizae(Licorice root)2g(Assistant)
Rhizoma Zingiberis recens(Fresh Ginger)5g(Envoy)

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

Reference Notes: (click to display)

These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.