Herb Formulas Notebook

Niu Xi Yu Mi Jiu

(Achyranthes Jade Rice Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Wind-Cold-Damp obstruction with Liver Blood and Kidney Yang deficiency

Key Symptoms: Numbness and insensitivity of the fingers of the hand, coldness and pain of the lower back and knees, spasms of the sinews and vessels, stiffness of the limbs, loose stools, mental decline

Niu Xi 30g
Yi Yi Ren 30g
Suan Zao Ren 30g
Chi Shao 30g
Zhi Fu Zi 30g
Pao Jiang 30g
Shi Hu 30g
Bai Zi Ren 30g
Zhi Gan Cao 20g
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. Rou Gui and Xian Mao may be the best substitutes 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 seven days, after which open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 15-20ml warm at no fixed times.

Actions: Dispels Wind, scatters Cold, eliminates Dampness, tonifies the Liver and Kidneys, rescues Yang and supplements the Ming Men Fire, soothes the sinews and vessels, frees the joints.

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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