Herb Formulas Notebook

He Shou Wu Jiu

(Polygonum Multiflorum Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yin

Pattern: Liver and Kidney Blood and Jing deficiency

Key Symptoms: Soreness of the lower back and knees, blurred vision, premature greying of the hair, insomnia

He Shou Wu 300g
Bai Jiu 1.9L

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

Preparation: Place He Shou Wu in a large jar with 1.9L of alcohol and seal the lid for 1 month. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 30-60ml before or after dinner.

Actions: Nourishes Liver Blood and supplements Kidney Jing, blackens the hair, calms the Shen.

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

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