Liu Wei Di Huang 六味地黃丸 - Rehmannia Six
Liu Wei Di Huang - Rehmannia Six Combination
Six-Ingredient Formula with Rehmannia
(Liu Wei Di Huang Tang, YinVive, 六味地黄片) or LIU WEI, as it is commonly called, may be the most utilized of all Chinese herb formulas. It's used both as a stand-alone remedy, as well as a base formula from which many useful augmentations have evolved. It is used to nourish Yin of the Yin-Yang, support the lower back, and support sexual wellness.
History of Liu Wei Di Huang
Source: Craft of Medicinal Treatment for Childhood Disease Patterns, 1119 AD
Liu Wei Di Huang is a variation of JIN GUI SHENG QI WAN (Kidney Qi Pill), published in Essentials From the Golden Cabinet. The 2 Kidney YANG boosting herbs, FU ZI, and ROU GUI, were removed from the original formula.
Liu Wei Di Huang TCM Uses
- Kidney Yin Deficiency
- Liver Yin Deficiency
- Heart Yin Deficiency
- Wei Syndrome due to Yin Deficiency
Liu Wei Di Huang Ingredients
|Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata||Shu Di Huang|
|Fr. Corni||Shan Zhu Yu|
|Rx. Dioscoreae||Shan Yao|
|Poria Cocos||Fu Ling|
|Cx. Moutan||Mu Dan Pi|
|Rz. Alismatis||Ze Xie|
Safety of Liu Wei Di Huang
Liu Wei should be modified for those with Spleen Deficiency or loose stool as the formula can be taxing to digest, largely due to the presence of rehmannia (SHU DU HUANG). The higher the percent of rehmannia, the more the formula will be difficult to digest.
Use caution in when Yin Deficiency is accompanied by Dampness.
Contraindicated for those with Yang Deficiency. For those with both Yin and Yang deficiency use Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Golden Book Pill)
Pregnant or nursing women should consult their health care provider before taking any supplement
Traditional Chinese Medicine is powerful and reliable, but it can be complex. As TCM is not based on symptoms alone, self-diagnosis and self-treatment aren't recommended. Best to start an online-herbal-consultation.
Liu Wei Di Huang Dosage and Administration
Pill: Take 5-6 tablets, 3 times a day.
Granules: 2-4 grams, taken 2-3 times a day, best on an empty stomach
Whole Herbs: Using a container made of ceramic, glass, or stainless steel (no aluminum, iron or copper) boil 1 packet of herbs in 2-3 quarts of water for until 2 cups of medicine remain. Strain herbs; save and refrigerate for a second boiling. Drink 1 cup in the AM. And 1 cup in the PM. If desired, repeat the following day, using the saved herbs from the refrigerator.
Tips on Boiling Chinese Herbal Decoctions
The potent odors and flavors of Chinese herbs are legendary. Boiling the herbs and drinking the tea will provide the fullest experience of these medicines. Commonly, Chinese herbs are boiled for 20 - 40 minutes, the dregs are strained out and the "tea" is taken warm or at room temperature. Boiling times are averaged according to the composition of the formula. Flower and leaf will yield medicine in 5 -20 minutes. Roots take 20 to 40 minutes; Shells and minerals must cook for at least one hour. A few herbs, like mint or tangerine peel, must be quick-boiled for only 1-5 minutes lest they loose their valuable volatile oils. These herbs are added separately to the boiling mixture just before completion.
Research on Rehmannia Six
In a comprehensive review of studies between 1987-1996, Rehmannia Six was reported to benefit immunity, improve digestion, regulate sugar metabolism, enhance cardiac function, and provide anti-aging potential.
* What’s the Difference Between, PIAN, WAN, TANG, SAN, SHUI and GAO?
- PIAN = Tablet (modern looking pill)
- WAN = Pill (old-style or handmade pill, or black teapill)
- TANG = Water Decoction (boiled whole herbs)
- SAN = Powder (milled or granulated)
- SHUI = Tincture (extract with alcohol or other solvent)
- GAO = Paste (topical unguent or plaster)
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