Herb Formulas Notebook


Hong Zao Jiu

(Red Date Wine)

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



Category: Formulas that Tonify Qi

Pattern: Minor Spleen Qi deficiency due to weakness of Stomach Qi

Key Symptoms: Indigestion, tiredness, loss of appetite, loose stool



Ingredients
Da Zao 600g
Bai Jiu 950ml

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



Preparation: Place the Da Zao in a large jar and soak in 950ml of alcohol and seal the lid. Later (no time specified but probably 1 month), remove the dregs and store for use. Take 10-40ml three times per day.

Actions: Tonifies the Qi and fortifies the Spleen, nourishes the Blood and promotes digestion

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



Notes:
The mildness of this formula means it is probably intended as an after dinner digestif.


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