Herb Formulas Notebook

Gui Lu Er Xian Jiao

Tortoise Shell and Deer Antler Two Immortal Syrup

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Source: Concise Medicine (1587)

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yin and Yang

Pattern: Kidney Yin, Yang, Blood and Jing deficiency in the Ren Mai and Chong Mai

Key Symptoms: Emaciation, weakness, speratorrhoea, impotence, aching and weakness of the lower back and knees, daybreak diarrhoea

Pulse: Thin and frail

Lu Jiao 500g
Bui Ban 250g
Gou Qi Zi 90g
Ren Shen 45g

In the UK both principle ingredients need to be substituted. Some suggestions include:
Lu Jiao == Rou Cong Rong + Xu Duan
Bui Ban == Han Lian Cao + Nu Zhen Zi
This will change the symbolic nature of the formula though, its name deriving from the two animal ingredients which are symbols of longevity, enabling them to enter the Extraordinary Vessels.

Preparation: Prepared as a syrup. Often taken with alcohol to balance any stagnation.

Actions: Nourishes and replenishes the Yin, tonifies the Jing, augments the Qi, tonifies and strengthens Yang

Contraindications: Stomach and Spleen deficiency or Empty Heat patterns.

An Yin, Yang and Jing tonic wine might be a more suitable alternative to this formula.

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