Liu Wei Di Huang Wan 六味地黃丸 - Rehmannia Six Formula
Six-Ingredient Formula with Rehmannia
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 two Kidney YANG boosting herbs, FU ZI, and ROU GUI, were removed from the original formula.
LIU WEI DI HUANG Uses and TCM Functions
- Kidney Yin Deficiency
- Liver Yin Deficiency
- Heart Yin Deficiency
Wei Syndrome due to Yin Deficiency
- Enrich Yin
- Nourish Blood
- Boost Qi
- Secure Essence
LIU WEI DI HUANG Ingredients
|Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata||Shu Di Huang||32%|
|Fr. Corni||Shan Zhu Yu||16%|
|Rx. Dioscoreae||Shan Yao||16%|
|Poria Cocos||Fu Ling||12%|
|Cx. Moutan||Mu Dan Pi||12%|
|Rz. Alismatis||Ze Xie||12%|
Safety and Side Effects 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. This is largely due to the herb SHU DU HUANG.
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 Tele-Visit, In-Person, or Online-consultation.
How to take LIU WEI DI HUANG
Pill: Take 5-6 tablets, 3 times a day. Or as prescribed
Capsule: 2-3 capsules, 2-3 times a day Or as prescribed
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 until 2 cups of medicine remain. Strain herbs; save and refrigerate for a second boiling (if desired). 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 medicinal herbs are legendary. Boiling the herbs and drinking the tea will provide the fullest experience of these medicines. Here are a few pointers on how to prepare and decoct Chinese herbs. For more basic information see A Patient's Guide to Chinese Medicine.
Chinese herbs are generally boiled for 20 - 60 minutes. After boiling the dregs are strained out and the remaining "tea" is taken warm or at room temperature, usually twice a day and most often on an empty stomach when possible.
Boiling times for a formula are averaged according to the composition of the formula. For example, flower and leaf will yield medicine in 5-20 minutes. bark, and branches take 20 to 40 minutes; Roots take a bit longer and shells and minerals must cook for at least one hour and are usually pre-boiled in advance of the other herbs in the formula.
A few herbs that contain volatile oils, like mint or citrus peel, must be quick-boiled for only 1-5 minutes lest they lose their valuable volatile oils. These herbs are added separately to the boiling mixture just before completion. There are also a number of herbs, such as Cordyceps, SAN QI, or Indigo powder that are not cooked at all but are added to the strained decoction.
What’s the Difference Between,
LIU WEI DI HUANG PIAN / LIU WEI DI HUANG WAN / LIU WEI DI HUANG TANG
& LIU WEI DI HUANG SAN?
- 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)
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