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Herb Formulas Notebook

Huang Qi Shi Hu Jiu

Astragalus and Dendrobium Wine

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Wind

Pattern: Wind-Cold Bi syndrome due to insufficiency of Zheng Qi

Key Symptoms: Lower back and leg stiffness and pain, numbness with pallor of the cheeks and face, aversion to drafts and spontaneous sweating

Shi Hu 120g
Huang Qi 45g
Dang Shen 45g
Fang Feng 45g
Dan Shen 60g
Shan Zhu Yu 60g
Du Zhong 60g
Niu Xi 60g
Xi XIn 30g
Tian Men Dong 70g
Yi Yi Ren 150g
Gou Qi Zi 150g
Wu Wei Zi 60g
Fu Ling 60g
Shan Yao 60g
Bi Xie 670g
Bai Jiu 3.9L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.
Xi Xin must also be substituted, usually with Qiang Huo and Gui Zhi but since this formula focuses on the lower limbs, Du Huo and Rou Gui might be more appropriate.
Shi Hu is also not a common herb from most UK suppliers. Its inclusion in many wines might reflect that it has constituents that extract better in alcohol than water. Substitutions could therefore include other Yin tonics, Bai Zhu to include Yu Ping Feng San, or Dang Gui/Chuan Xiong which contain ligustilides whose painkilling properties are extracted in alcohol.

Preparation: Grind the herbs into powder and place in a large jar with 3.9L of alcohol for five days. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 2-3 teacups per day. It should be taken continuously over a period of time to get the best benefit.

Actions: Supports the Zheng Qi and eliminates Wind

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

Research Links:
Science Direct
Google Scholar
Journal of Chinese Medicine
American Dragon

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.

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