Herb Formulas Notebook

Da Bu Yin Wan

Great Tonify the Yin Pill

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Source: Essential Teachings of Dan-Xi (1481)
Author: Zhu Dan-Xi

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yin

Pattern: Yin deficiency with flourishing internally generated Heat

Key Symptoms: Steaming Bone Disorder with afternoon tidal fever, night sweats, spontaneous emissions, irritability, sensation of heat and pain in the knees and legs that is sometimes accompanied by weakness

Tongue: Red with little coating
Pulse: Rapid and forceful in rear position

Shu Di Huang 18g
Su Gui Ban 18g
Huang Bai 12g (dry fried)
Zhi Mu 12g (wine fried)

In the UK Gui Ban must be substituted with Han Lian Cao and Nu Zhen Zi.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Enriches the Yin, directs Fire downward

Contraindications: Fire from Excess. Caution in Spleen deficiency with poor appetite and loose stools.

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

Strobulus Lupuli(Hops)2g(Emperor)
Herba Equiseti(Horsetail)10g(Minister)
Herba Stellariae media(Chickweed)5g(Minister)
Herba Galeopsidis (Hempnettle)5g(Minister)
Herba Agrimoniae(Agrimony)3g(Assistant)
Folium Melissae(Lemon Balm)3g(Assistant)

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.