Herb Formulas Notebook

Xi Chun Jiu

Sunny Spring Wine

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Qi

Pattern: Lung and Kidney Qi deficiency

Key Symptoms: Chronic cough in the elderly, lusterless facial complexion.

Gou Qi Zi 20g
Long Yan Rou 20g
Nu Zhen Zi 20g
Sheng Di Huang 20g
Yin Yang Huo 20g
Lu Dou 20g
Zhu Zhi Gao 100g
Bai Jiu 2.6L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means rice wine but can be substituted with any other high strength spirit.
Zhu Zhi Gao may need to be substituted due to either prohibition on animal products in herbal medicines in the UK, or due to dietary restrictions. Vegan substitutes should made from vegetable oil should be sufficient.

Preparation: Steam the Nu Zhen Zi and dry in the sun nine times. Wash the Sheng Di Huang, Yin Yang Huo and Lu Dou and also dry in the sun. Place all these ingredients in a silk bag and place in a large jar with 2.6L of alchohol for one month. Open, remove the bag and store for use. Take 15ml twice per day.

Actions: Warms the Kidneys and tonfies the Lungs, moistens the skin and muscles, blackens the hair, restores colour to the cheeks.

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

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