Herb Formulas Notebook

Shan Yao Jiu

(Dioscorea Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Qi

Pattern: Spleen and Kidney Qi and Yang deficiency

Key Symptoms: Diarrhoea, spermatorrhoea, copious urination, urinary incontinence, night time urination, night sweats

Shan Yao 300g
Bai Jiu 1.9L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.

Preparation: Place Shan Yao in a large jar with 1.9L of alcohol and seal the lid for 1 month. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 10-40ml three times per day. Lemon juice can be added to increase astringent effect.

Actions: Tonifies Qi and Yang of the Spleen and Kidneys, stops leakage.

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

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