Herb Formulas Notebook

Di Huang Shen Jin Jiu

Rehmannia and Lycopodium Wine

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yin

Pattern: Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency

Key Symptoms: Premature greying of the hair, premature aging, decreased eyesight

Shu Di Huang 100g
Shen Jin Cao 150g
Sang Shen 120g
Hei Zhi Ma 60g
Shan Yao 200g
Nan Zhu Zi 30g
Hua Jiao 30g
Bai Guo 15g
Ju Sheng Zi 45g
Bai Jiu 2.6L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.
Nan Zhu Zi and Ju Sheng Zi are not commonly available in the UK. Ju Sheng Zi is the fruit of Xu Duan so this may suffice as a substitution, Tu Si Zi has similar Kidney tonifying and eye brightening functions to Nan Zhu Zi. Gou Qi Zi would also make sense to improve eyesight.

Preparation: Grind the herbs into powder and place in a large jar with 2.6L of alcohol for seven days. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 1-2 teacups, warm on an empty stomach each morning and evening.

Actions: Fortifies the Liver and Kidneys, blackens the hair, improves the hearing and brightens the eyes with prolonged use.

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

The original formula has Wan Nian Qing listed instead of Shen Jin Cao, even in the title, although the Latin lists it as Herba Lycopodii. Wan Nian Qing seems an odd choice being a Toxic Heat clearing, Heart strengthening and blood cooling herb with no indications that match this formula so it has been changed as an assumed typo.

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