Herb Formulas Notebook

Yi Shou Jiu

(Boosting Longevity Wine)

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Qi and Blood

Pattern: Qi, Blood and Jing deficiency

Key Symptoms: Fatigue, sallow complexion, weak and thin musculature, sore lower back, tired feet, impotence, spermatorrhoea, excessive dreaming, easily frightened, absent-mindedness, palpitations, poor memory.

Sheng Di Huang 40g
Shu Di Huang 40g
Tian Men Dong 40g
Mai Men Dong 40g
Dang Gui 40g
Niu Xi 40g
Du Zhong 40g
Xiao Hui Xiang 40g
Ba Ji Tian 40g
Chuan Xiong 40g
Bai Shao 40g
Fu Ling 40g
Zhi Mu 40g
Sha Ren 24g
Bai Zhu 24g
Yuan Zhi 24g
Bu Gu Zhi 24g
Mu Xiang 12g
Ren Shen 12g
Shi Chang Pu 12g
Bai Zi Ren 12g
Huang Bai 50g
Gou Qi Zi 50g
Rou Cong Rong 40g
Bai Jiu 4.25L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means distilled rice wine but can be substituted with any clear 40% spirit.

Preparation: Grind the herbs and place them in a jar with 4.25L of alcohol and bring to the boil several times. Seal the lid and bury in the earth for 3 days to remove fire toxins. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take as much as is necessary each day but do not overuse.

Actions: Supplements Qi and Blood, strengthens the Jing and brightens the Shen, moistens the muscles and skin, promotes the appetite, boosts longevity.

Contraindications: The boiling process will remove most of the alcohol but it should still not be overused or prescribed in Damp-Heat conditions.

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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.