Herb Formulas Notebook

Huang Qi Dang Gui Jiu

(Astragalus and Tangkuei Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Qi and Blood

Pattern: Qi and Blood deficiency with Wind-Cold Bi and Phlegm-Damp in the channels

Key Symptoms: Paralysis of the four extremities, swelling and pain all over the body, aversion to cold, phlegm fullness in the chest, aversion to chilled foods and drinks, cold and painful abdomen, lower back pain due to lying on cold earth, tinnitus, dizziness or blurred vision when standing up, absent-mindedness, poor memory.

Huang Qi 45g
Dang Gui 36g
Du Huo 45g
Fang Feng 45g
Xi Xin 45g
Niu Xi 45g
Chuan Xiong 45g
Zhi Gan Cao 45g
Hua Jiao 45g
Zhi Chuan Wu 45g
Shan Zhu Yu 45g
Ge Gen 30g
Qin Jiao 30g
Rou Gui 36g
Da Huang 15g
Bai Zhu 15g
Gan Jiang 15g
Bai Jiu 2.6L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means rice wine but can be substituted with any other high strength spirit.
Xi Xin can no longer be used in the UK and must be substituted. The standard replacements would be Qiang Huo and Gui Zhi, bearing in mind that Du Huo and Rou Gui are already in the formula. Other substitutes may be better.
Zhi Fu Zi and Chuan Wu are species of aconite and must also be substituted. Since the hottest medicinals of Chinese medicine are already in this formula (Rou Gui, Gan Jiang and Hua Jiao) the best alternatives are probably Xian Mao and Yin Yang Huo.

Preparation: Grind the herbs into powder and place in a large jar with 1.95L of strong alcohol for 5 days in the spring and summer and 7 days in the autumn and winter. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 10-30ml once a day until healed. If old and weak then it should be taken slightly warm.

Actions: Nourishes Qi and Blood, opens the channels and collaterals, dispels Wind-Cold, transforms Phlegm-Damp

Contraindications: Damp-Heat conditions, pregnancy and long term in the young and middle aged use due to the harmful effects on continuous alcohol consumption. Traditional contraindications include eating beef or horse meat while taking this formula.

If only one side is affected add Rou Cong Rong 30g.
If there is poor memory add Shi Hu, Shi Chang Pu and Zi Shi Ying 30g each.
If there is excessive water below the heart add Fu Ling 30g, Dang Shen 30g and Shan Yao 45g.

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