Herb Formulas Notebook

Shen Shu Jiu

(Ginseng and Zathoxylum Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Yang

Pattern: Spleen and Kidney Yang deficiency

Key Symptoms: Loss of appetite, diarrhoea, fatigue, soreness and weakness of the lower back and knees with cold extremities, dizziness and blurred vision, ashen white complexion.

Ren Shen 30g
Hua Jiao 120g
Fu Ling 30g
Zhu Sha 20g
Bai Jiu 1.3L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.
Zhu Sha is prohibited from use due to toxicity. The standard replacement is Hu Po.

Preparation: Crush the herbs in a pestle and place them in a jar with 1.3L of alcohol for 5 days in spring and summer and 7 days in autumn and winter. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take one small teacup warm on an empty stomach before meals.

Actions: Fortifies the Qi and harmonises the Middle Jiao, strengthens the Kidneys and calms the Shen.

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

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