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Zhu Sha An Shen Wan

(Cinnabar Pill to Calm the Spirit)

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Source: Clarifying Doubts About Injury from Internal and External Caused (1247)
Author: Li Gao (Dong-Yuan)

Category: Formulas that Calm the Spirit

Pattern: Vigorous Heart Fire injuring the Blood and Yin

Key Symptoms: Insomnia, continuous palpitations, sensation of irritability and heat in the chest, desire to vomit without result, dream disturbed sleep

Tongue: Red at tip
Pulse: Thin and rapid


Ingredients
Shui Fei Zhu Sha 15g
Huang Lian 18g
Dang Gui 7.5g
Sheng Di Huang 7.5g
Zhi Gan Cao 16.5g

Subsitutions:
Zhu Sha is no longer used due to its toxicity. The only real alternative available in the UK is Hu Po.



Preparation: The first four herbs were ground into powder and formed into pills that were covered with Zhu Sha and taken in 6-9g doses.

Actions: Sedates the Heart, calms the Shen, drains Fire, nourishes the Yin

Contraindications: Long term use, or where Yin deficiency is the primary condition


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