Herb Formulas Notebook

Cong Zi Jiu

Onion Seed Wine

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Source: Chinese Medicinal Wines and Elixirs (2008)
Author: Various

Category: Formulas that Expel Wind

Pattern: Wind-Cold obstruction with Kidney Qi deficiency

Key Symptoms: Lower back aching and pain that can reach to the lower legs and feet, spasms of the lower and upper back when bending forward, inability to bend forward

Cong Zi 20g
Du Zhong 20g
Niu Xi 20g
Yin Yang Huo 15g
Wu Shao She 30g
Shi Hu 20g
Zhi Fu Zi 20g
Fang Feng 20g
Rou Gui 20g
Chuan Xiong 15g
Hua Jiao 15g
Bai Zhu 20g
Wu Jia Pi 20g
Suan Zao Ren 20g
Bai Jiu 1.95L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means rice wine but can be substituted with any other high strength spirit.
Fu Zi is also prohibited from use in the UK due to toxicity. Xian Mao may be the best substitute in this instance.
Wu Shao She must also be substituted in the UK due to being an animal product. The standard replacement is Hai Tong Pi.
Shi Hu may be hard to obtain and may need to be replaced. Tian Men Dong and Gou Qi Zi would be suitable alternatives.

Preparation: Grind the herbs into a coarse powder and place in a large jar with 1.95L of alcohol and seal the lid for seven days. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take one small teacup warm before each meal.

Actions: Dispels Wind and scatters Cold, tonifies the Kidney Qi and strengthens the lower back and knees

Contraindications: Damp-Heat conditions, pregnancy and long term in the young and middle aged use due to the harmful effects on continuous alcohol consumption.

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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.