Herb Formulas Notebook

Niu Xi Rou Gui Jiu

Achyranthes and Cinnamon Wine

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Wind-Damp obstructions with Kidney Yang deficiency

Key Symptoms: Weakness and soreness of the lower back and knees, impotence and spermatorrhoea, loose stools, swelling of the lower legs and feet, cold extremities, coldness and pain in the abdomen

Niu Xi 30g
Rou Gui 30g
Qin Jiao 30g
Chuan Xiong 30g
Fang Feng 30g
Du Huo 30g
Dan Shen 30g
Fu Ling 30g
Du Zhong 25g
Zhi Fu Zi 25g
Shi Hu 25g
Gan Jiang 25g
Mai Men Dong 25g
Di Gu Pi 25g
Wu Jia Pi 30g
Yi Yi Ren 15g
Huo Ma Ren 10g
Bai Jiu 1.95L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means rice wine but can be substituted with any other high strength spirit.
Fu Zi is also prohibited from use in the UK due to toxicity. Xian Mao may be the best substitute in this instance. Yin Yang Huo could be added or used instead too.
Shi Hu may also be hard to obtain. Gou Qi Zi and Nu Zhen Zi may be the best substitutes in this instance.

Preparation: Grind the herbs and place in a large jar with 1.95L of alcohol and seal the lid for 3-7 days, after which open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 15ml warm on an empty stomach three times per day.

Actions: Tonifies the Kidneys and strengthens Yang, dispels Wind and eliminates Dampness

Contraindications: Damp-Heat conditions, pregnancy and long term in the young and middle aged use due to the harmful effects on continuous alcohol consumption.

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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.