Herb Formulas Notebook

Zi Shen Ming Mu Tang

Enrich Kidneys and Improve Vision Decoction

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Source: Restoration of Health from the Myriad Diseases (1587)
Author: Gong Ting-Xian

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yin

Pattern: Spirit consumption (Lao Shen), Kidney deficiency or Blood deficiency

Key Symptoms: Eye pain, visual dizziness, red and swollen eyes
Secondary Symptoms: Chronic nervous exhaustion, diminished visual acuity, easily tired eyes, excessive tearing, itching or pain in the eyes, cataracts, conjunctivitis or sties in constitutionally weak patients who contract Wind-Heat or following surgery or invasive procedures near the eyes.

Tongue: Red with scanty coating, dry, maybe cracked
Pulse: Rapid, thin

Dang Gui 6g
Chuan Xiong 6g
Bai Shao 6g
Sheng Di Huang 6g
Shu Di Huang 6g
Ren Shen 3g
Jie Geng 3g
Zhi Zi 3g
Huang Lian 3g
Bai Zhi 3g
Man Jing Zi 3g
Ju Hua 3g
Gan Cao 3g

Preparation: Originally ground into powder with a pinch of tea and a coil of Deng Xin Cao.

Actions: Enriches Yin, nourishes the Blood, tonifies the Qi, clears Heat, resolves toxicity, brightens the eyes.

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