Herb Formulas Notebook

Cong Rong Qiang Zhuang Jiu

(Cistanches Strengthening Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yang

Pattern: Liver Blood and Kidney Yang deficiency

Key Symptoms: Aching and pain of the abdomen and ribsides, soreness and weakness of the lower back, cold lower abdomen and limbs

Rou Cong Rong 50g
Chuan Niu Xi 40g
Tu Si Zi 40g
Zhi Fu Zi 20g
Hua Jiao 30g
Rou Dou Dou 20g
Bu Gu Zhi 25g
Sang Shen 25g
Ba Ji Tian 30g
Mu Xiang 15g
Lu Rong 10g
Rou Gui 20g
She Chuang Zi 15g
Pao Jiang 20g
Bai Jiu 1.95L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means rice wine but can be substituted with any other high strength spirit.
Zhi Fu Zi must be substituted in the UK. Since Rou Gui and Pao Jiang are already in the formula then Wu Yao, Yan Hu Suo or Chuan Lian Zi with Xiao Hui Xiang may be the best substitutes.
The original formula calls for Jiao Hong instead of Hua Jiao. This is the fruit of the Sichuan pepper rather than the pericarpium so has been substituted.
Lu Rong must also be substituted in the UK. The usual substitute is Rou Cong Rong and Xu Duan. Since Rou Cong Rong is already the chief herb, Xu Duan and Du Zhong might be better alternatives.

Preparation: Grind the herbs into powder and place in a large jar with 1.95L of alcohol for 5 days in the spring and summer and 7 days in the autumn and winter. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 1-2 small teacups warm on an empty stomach each morning and evening.

Actions: Nourishes Liver Blood and warms Kidney Yang, improves the hearing and brightens the eyes, strengthens the sinews and bones, habitual use fortifies the body and boosts longevity.

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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