Herb Formulas Notebook

Si Shen Wan

(Four Miracle Pill)

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Source: Summary of Internal Medicine (Ming dynasty)

Category: Formulas that Stabilise and Bind

Pattern: Spleen and Kidney Yang deficiency, reversal Bulging disorders of the Ren Mai.

Key Symptoms: Daybreak diarrhoea
Secondary Symptoms: Lack of appetite, soreness of the lower back with cold limbs, fatigue

Tongue: Pale with thin white coat
Pulse: Submerged, slow and forceless

Bu Gu Zhi 12g
Wu Zhu Yu 3g
Rou Dou Kou 6g
Wu Wei Zi 6g
Sheng Jiang 2sl
Da Zao 6pcs

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms and tonifies the Spleen and Kidneys, binds the intestines, stops diarrhoea

Contraindications: Accumulation or stagnation in the Stomach or Intestines

Extraordinary Vessel attributions come from Li Shi-Zhen\'s (1577-8) Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), trans. Chace & Shima (2009). This formula is given by Shen Jin-Ao in the commentary.

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