Herb Formulas Notebook

(Jin Gui) Shen Qi Wan

Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yang

Pattern: Shaoyin disorders with Kidney Yang deficiency and insufficient Ming Men Fire

Key Symptoms: Lower back pain, weakness of the extremities, a cold sensation in the lower half of the body, either difficult urination with oedema or or excessive urination to the point of incontinence
Secondary Symptoms: Irritability, shortness of breath

Tongue: Pale, swollen with thin white coating
Pulse: Frail, submerged and faint in the proximal position
Abdomen: Tense lower abdomen

Sheng Di Huang 24g
Shan Zhu Yu 12g
Shan Yao 12g
Fu Ling 9g
Ze Xie 9g
Mu Dan Pi 9g
Bao Fu Zi 3g
Gui Zhi 3g

In UK Fu Zi must be substituted. The most suitable substitute depends on the circumstances (e.g. Xu Duan & Du Zhong for deficiency back pain, Xian Mao & Yin Yang Huo for Bi syndromes, Tu Su Zi for incontinence, diarrhoea and to replenish Essence, Bu Gu Zhi for incontinence, diarrhoea or breathlessness, etc).

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms and tonifies Kidney Yang

Contraindications: Yin deficiency with dry mouth and throat, and a red tongue with no coating

Ploberger (2017), in Westliche und traditionell chinesische Heilkräuter, offers the following alternative using western herbs:

Semen Anethi(Dill seeds)5g(Emperor)
Frucus Foeniculi(Fenugreek)3g(Minister)
Fructus Juniperi(Juniper berries)5g(Minister)
Ramulus Cinnamoni (Cinnamon bark)2g(Minister)
Herba Thymi(Thyme)2g(Minister)
Herba Galeopsidis(Hempnettle)5g(Minister)
Herba et Radix Taraxaci(Dandelion)2g(Assistant)

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.