Herb Formulas Notebook

Bu Jing Yi Lao Jiu

Supplement the Essence and Strengthen the Elderly Wine

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yang

Pattern: Kidney Qi and Blood and Yang deficiency

Key Symptoms: Emaciated body, ashen aged complexion, reduced appetite, impotence, soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees

Shu Di Haung 120g
Dang Gui 150g
Chuan Xiong 45g
Du Zhong 45g
Fu Ling 45g
Gan Cao 30g
Jin Ying Zi 30g
Yin Yang Huo 30g
Shi Hu 90g
Bai Jiu 1.95L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.
Shi Hu may be hard to obtain. Tian Men Dong has a similar action provided the stools are not loose, otherwise Tu Si Zi or separate Kidney and Stomach Yin tonics may suffice.

Preparation: Grind the herbs into powder and place in a large jar with 1.95L of alcohol for 7 days in the spring and summer and 14 days in the autumn and winter. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 1-2 teacups, warm on an empty stomach each morning and evening.

Actions: Supplements the Kidneys, nourishes the Blood and Jing, prolonged use strengthens the elderly

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

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