Herb Formulas Notebook

Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan

Eight Immortal Pill for Longevity

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Source: Achieving Longevity by Guarding the Source (1615)
Author: Gong Ting-Xian

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yin

Pattern: Lung and Kidney deficiency from consumptive disorders

Key Symptoms: Cough, coughing of blood, tidal fevers and night sweats.
Secondary Symptoms: Soreness and weakness in the lower back and knees, hot palms and soles, lightheadedness, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, impaired hearing, tinnitus, chronic dry and sore throat, toothache, spontaneous or nocturnal emissions, nocturea, difficult or excessive urination, hard stools, reduced menstrual flow, loss of libido, impotence, premature ejaculation

Tongue: Red with scanty coating, dry, maybe cracked
Pulse: Rapid, thin
Abdomen: Hypertonicity of rectus abdominis muscle below the umbilicus together with weakness or numbness of the centre of the lower abdomen, pencil-line tightness of linea alba below umbilicus, palpable pulsations between umbilicus and pubic bone

Shu Di Huang 24g
Shan Zhu Yu 12g
Shan Yao 12g
Fu Ling 9g
Mu Dan Pi 9g
Ze Xie 9g
Mai Men Dong 6-15g
Wu Wei Zi 3-9g

Preparation: Originally ground into powder and formed into small pills with 9g taken three times daily. Can also be prepared as a decoction.

Actions: Enriches Yin, nourishes the Lungs and Kidneys, astringes the Lung, stops coughing

Contraindications: Spleen deficiency with white greasy tongue coating indicating difficulty digesting rich, cloying herbs, Heat patterns due to External pathogens

A modification of Liu Wei Di Huang Wan.

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