Herb Formulas Notebook

Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin

Immortals' Formula for Sustaining Life

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Source: Fine Formulas for Women with Annotations and Commentary (16th century)
Author: Bi Li-Zhai

Category: Formulas that Treat Abscesses and Sores

Pattern: Early stage sores and carbuncles

Key Symptoms: Red, swollen, hot and painful skin lesions
Secondary Symptoms: Fever, mild chills, headache

Tongue: Thin white or yellow coating
Pulse: Rapid, forceful

Jin Yin Hua 9-27g
Zhe Bei Mu 6-9g
Tian Hua Fen 6-12g
Dang Gui Wei 6-12g
Chi Shao 9g
Ru Xiang 6g
Mo Yao 6g
Fang Feng 9g
Bai Zhi 6g
Wang Bu Liu Xing 10g
Zao Jiao Ci 6g
Chen Pi 9g
Gan Cao 3g

In the UK (and often in Taiwan also) Chuan Shan Jia must be substituted. It is usually substituted with Wang Bu Liu Xiang or Mu Dan Pi. The dosages of Zao Jiao Ci and Zhe Bei Mu are usually increased.

Preparation: Cooked in one part water and one part wine to increase the the Blood invigorating effects. The dregs may be applied topically.

Actions: Clears Heat and reduces Toxicity, reduces swelling and promotes the discharge of pus, invigorates the Blood, alleviates pain

Contraindications: Yin-type sores or those that have begun to discharge pus. Long term use. Caution in weak patients.

Identical to Zhen Ren Huo Ming Yin with the exclusion of Chi Shao.

Can treat any type of acute, hot, red, swelling. It is a staple of dermatology departments for all manner of Toxic Heat accumulation and has been expanded to include internal disorders such as tonsilitis, ulcerative colitis, bursitis and acute appendicitis too.

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.