Herb Formulas Notebook

Ren Shen Jiu

(Ginseng Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Qi

Pattern: Yuan Qi deficiency, Qi deficiency of the Heart, Spleen and Lungs.

Key Symptoms: Tireness, shortness of breath, bodily fatigue and lack of strength, lack of appetite, loose stools, palpitations, insomnia, poor memory, dizziness, weakness in the aftermath of disease.

Ren Shen 300g
Bai Jiu 1.9L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.
Traditionally this calls for Chinese white ginseng rather than the Korean red variety. Red ginseng can be used but results in a "hotter" wine.

Preparation: Place Ren Shen in a large jar with 1.9L of alcohol and seal the lid for 1 month and decant. Take 10-40ml three times per day.
The ginseng can be left in the original jar and the process repeated to create a second, milder batch.

Actions: Supplements Yuan Qi, tonifies the Lungs, Spleen and Heart, generates fluids, calms the Shen.

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

Research Links:
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Journal of Chinese Medicine

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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.