Herb Formulas Notebook

Sheng Tie Luo Yin

(Iron Filings Drink)

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Source: Awakening of the Mind in Medical Studies (1732)
Author: Cheng Guo-Peng

Category: Formulas that Calm the Spirit

Pattern: Phlegm-Fire agitating the Heart, Yang inversion

Key Symptoms: Restless agitation, bad temper, severe, throbbing headache, insomnia, extreme emotional instability, manic behaviour
Secondary Symptoms: Shouting, yelling at people for no apparent reason, reddish eyes

Tongue: Scarlet with yellow, greasy coating
Pulse: Wiry, rapid

Sheng Tie Luo 15-60g
Dan Nan Xing 3g
Bei Mu 9g
Xuan Shen 4.5g
Tian Men Dong 9g
Mai Men Dong 9g
Lian Qiao 3g
Gou Teng 4.5g
Dan Shen 4.5g
Fu Ling 3g
Fu Shen 3g
Chen Pi 3g
Shi Chang Pu 3g
Yuan Zhi 3g
Zhu Sha 0.9g

Several ingredients, including the principal one, are banned from use under UK law. Possible substitutes suggested by Ken Lloyd are:
Sheng Tie Luo == Yu Jin + He Huan Pi
Dan Nan Xing == Tian Zhu Huang
Zhu Sha == Hu Po.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Sedates the Heart, eliminated Phlegm, clears Fire, calms the Shen

This formula is first mentioned in the Nei Jing Su Wen ch. 26 where it suggests making a decoction of Sheng Tie Luo (iron filings) to treat "Yang Inversion" characterised by mania and anger due to sudden upward surging of Qi. No other ingredients are given until Cheng Guo-Peng devised this formula using its namesake.

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