Herb Formulas Notebook

Er Dong Er Di Jiu

Two Winters Two Earths Wine

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yin and Yang

Pattern: Kidney Yin, Yang deficiency and Jing deficiency unsettling the Shen

Key Symptoms: Fatigue, soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees, impotence in middle age, blurred vision in the elderly, mental disorientation, emotional irritability, absent mindedness.

Tu Su Zi 120g
Rou Cong Rong 60g
Tian Men Dong 60g
Sheng Di Huang 60g
Shu Di Huang 60g
Shan Yao 60g
Niu Xi 60g
Du Zhong 60g
Ba Ji Tian 60g
Gou Qi Zi 60g
Shan Zhu Yu 60g
Ren Shen 60g
Fu Ling 60g
Wu Wei Zi 60g
Mu Xiang 60g
Bai Zi Ren 60g
Fu Pen Zi 45g
Che Qian Zi 45g
Di Gu Pi 45g
Shi Chang u 30g
Hua Jiao 30g
Yuan Zhi 40g
Ze Xie 30g
Bai Jiu 3.9L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.

Preparation: Grind the herbs and place them in a jar with 3.9L of alcohol for 7-12 days. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take one small teacup on an empty stomach morning and evening.

Actions: Fortifies the Kidneys and increases the Jing, calms the Shen and stabilises the emotions.

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

Despite the name presumably referring to to medicinals called "Dong" and two types of "Di Huang" there appears to only be Tian Men Dong and no Mai Men Dong in this formula. Er Dong normally refers to this pairing so it may be an omission.

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