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Chinese Herbal Formulas

For Regulating Stagnant Chi

  • Poria cocos (7 parts)
  • Bupleurum root (4 parts)
  • Atractylodes (4 parts)
  • Chaste berries (4 parts)
  • Dong quai (4 parts)
  • Peony root (3 parts)
  • Cyperus rhizome (3 parts)
  • Black haw bark (3 parts)
  • Wild yam (3 parts)
  • Magnolia bark (3 parts)
  • Ginger (3 parts)
  • Licorice root (3 parts)
  • Green bitter orange peel (2 parts)
  • Ligusticum wallichii (2 parts)
  • Mint leaves (2 parts)
  • Gastrodia (1 part)
  • This is used for mood regulation, depression, stagnant liver chi, nervousness, uneasiness, chest pains, digestive upset, abdominal distention, belching, gas, nausea, candida, constipation, and many menstrual problems including premenstrual syndrome, irregular periods, and breast distention. It also helps hypertension and hysteria.

    Ma Huang Decoction

  • Ma Huang (6-9 gms)
  • Cinnamon branch (6-9 gms)
  • Apricot seed (6-9 gms)
  • Licorice (3-6 gms)
  • This formula helps fever, chills, headache, aching, common cold, cough, no perspiration, and asthma. If there is perspiration, headache, nasal congestion or cough with profuse phlegm, eliminate cinnamon from the formula.

    Cinnamon Branch Combination

    The following formula is for a weaker individual who has profuse perspiration and coldness.
  • Cinnamon branch (6-9 gms)
  • Peony root (6-9 gms)
  • Licorice (3-6 gms)
  • Jujube dates (3-5 pieces)
  • Fresh ginger (3-4 slices)
  • Formula for the common cold, flu, fever, headache, intolerance of wind, spontaneous perspiration and weakness. It is also helpful for morning sickness, postpartum treatment, and various skin disorders such as eczema, frostbite, tinea capitis (a fungal skin disease of the scalp). When stiff neck and shoulders are also present, add pueraria root (kudzu), (6-9 gms).

    Simple Laxative Formula

  • Rhubarb root (3-6 gms)
  • Ginger root (1-2 gms)
  • Licorice root (1-2 gms)
  • Cascara sagrada may be substituted for the rhubarb if liver stagnation, digestive weakness and general debility are present, since it is more tonic with Western sense than rhubarb. More info on constipation.

    Chinese White Tiger Decoction

    Gypsum and Marshmallow Decoction:
  • Gypsum, powdered (15 gms)
  • Rice (10 gms)
  • Marshmallow root (5 gms)
  • American Ginseng (3 gms)
  • Licorice root (2 gms)
  • Gypsum is specific for lowering rapidly rising and severe high fevers including those associated with meningitis and encephalitis, pneumonia, measles, diabetes and sunstroke.

    In treating acute diseases, take along with light, simple vegetable diet (including thin rice porridge, cereal and warm vegetable soups).

    Traveler's Joy

    The following remedy is used to treat food stagnation and is useful for travel sickness, weak digestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, morning sickness, bloating and cramps.
  • Poria cocos mushroom (4 parts)
  • Coix seed (4 parts)
  • Kudzu (4 parts)
  • Actractylodes (3 parts)
  • Wild yam root (3 parts)
  • Cumin seed (3 parts)
  • Costus root (3 parts)
  • Cardamon seed (3 parts)
  • Magnolia bark (3 parts)
  • Rice sprouts (2 parts)
  • Peppermint leaf (2 parts)
  • Ume plum (2 parts)
  • Gastrodia elata (1 part)
  • Citrus peel (tangerine or orange)

  • Upper Respiratory

    - (lungs, bronchioles and sinuses)
  • Ma huang (chief herb)
  • Platycodon (chief herb)
  • Comfrey root (assisting herb)
  • Mullein (assisting)
  • Wild cherry bark (assisting)
  • Licorice (assisting)
  • Elecampane (supporting herb)
  • Ginger (conducting herb)
  • Cinnamon twigs (conducting)
  • Wild ginger root (conducting)
  • This formula is used in dispersing, decongesting; good for colds, flu, allergies, asthma and upper respiratory problems. Can help offset effects of smoking on the lungs. Neutral-to-warm energy Dosage: Take 2 or more tablets, 3 or more times per day with warm water.

    Urinary Problems

    - (eliminate internal dampness and relieve heat from urinary tract)
  • Cleavers (chief herb)
  • Uva ursi (chief herb)
  • Poria (chief herb)
  • Marshmallow (assisting)
  • Parsley root (assisting)
  • Dandelion root (supporting)
  • Ginger root (conducting)
  • This formula is dispersing, diuretic, harmonizes fluid metabolism, overcomes thirst, swelling, cystitis, and kidney weakness. It has a cool-to-neutral energy. Dosage: for general fluid balance and elimination take 2 or more tablets 3 times per day with warm water. For urinary inflammation, take 2 tablets every 2 hours with 2 echinacea tablets.

    Gallstones and Urinary Stones

    - (clear gall bladder and urinary heat and eliminate stones)
  • Turmeric root (chief herb)
  • Gravel root (chief herb)
  • Parsley root (chief herb)
  • Marshmallow root (assisting)
  • Licorice (assisting)
  • Dandelion root (supporting)
  • Ginger root (conducting)
  • This formula has a cool energy and is pain relieving, dispersing, detoxifying, and diuretic for both kidney and bladder stones. Helps regulate blood sugar, so it can also help treat diabetes. Dosage: take 2 tablets 3 times per day; for acute conditions take 2 tablets every 2 hours and less often as the symptoms subside. Not recommended for pregnant women. More info on the gallstones.

    Clear Heat, Remove Dampness and Prostate Tonifier

  • Saw palmetto (chief herb)
  • Echinacea root (assisting)
  • Goldenseal (assisting)
  • Gravel root (assisting)
  • True Unicorn root (assisting)
  • Uva ursi (assisting)
  • Marshmallow root (supporting)
  • Cayenne (conducting)
  • This formula has mild-to-neutral energy. It treats prostate problems, promotes the reproductive cycle and strengthens male potency. Dosage: as a tonic, take 2 tablets 3 times per day. For acute conditions take every 2 hours and less often as symptoms subside.


    - (tonify blood and yin, regulate chi)
  • Dong quai (chief herb)
  • Lovage (chief herb)
  • False unicorn (chief herb)
  • Rehmannia, cooked (chief herb)
  • Cramp bark (assisting)
  • Paeonia alba (assisting and conducting)
  • Atractylodes (assisting)
  • Blue cohosh (assisting)
  • Moutan (supporting)
  • Poria (supporting)
  • Ginger (conducting)
  • A blood tonic for women, moves blood, regulates the menstrual cycle for deficient blood, and increases estrogen. Warm in nature and is good for all menstrual disorders: amenorrhea, menorrhagia, and dysmenorrhea. Specifically it is a tonifying pre-ovulation formula (formula with chaste tree berries should be used for post-ovulation. Herbal program should be followed for 3 months for lasting results. Dosage: as a tonic, take 2 tablets 3 times per day. For acute conditions, take 2 tablets every 2 hours with warm water. This formula generally is not recommended for pregnant women.


    - (tonify blood and regulate chi)
  • Chaste tree berries (chief herb)
  • Squaw vine (chief)
  • Dong quai (assisting)
  • Crampbark (assisting)
  • Cyperus (supporting)
  • Poria (supporting)
  • Ginger root (conducting)
  • This formula alleviates menstrual problems and helps to regulate the female hormones. Chaste tree regulates progesterone, helps regulate and smooth liver chi, regulates chi, calms the mind, increases B12, adds calcium, is a diuretic, clears the liver and neutralizes excess hormones. It has a cooling energy and also helps with cramps, premenstrual syndrome, moodiness and anxiety. For difficult, chronic menstrual problems, take this formula after ovulation and until menstruation (formula without chaste tree berries should be taken after menstruation until ovulation. Dosage: As a tonic, take 2 tablets 3 times per day as needed. For acute conditions take 2 tablets every 2 hours with warm water. Usually not recommended for pregnant women.

    Stress and Nervous Tension

    - (calm wind (nervousness), sedate and settle spirit)
  • Valerian (chief herb)
  • Dragon bone (chief)
  • Oyster shell (chief)
  • Semen Zizyphus (chief)
  • Skullcap (chief)
  • Wood betony (chief)
  • Black cohosh (assisting)
  • Chamomile (assisting)
  • Hops (assisting)
  • Mistletoe (European) (assisting)
  • Hawthorn berries (supporting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • American ginseng (supporting)
  • Ginger (conducting)
  • This formula has a mild, neutral and soothing energy and is tonic to the nerves. It relieves insomnia, nervous tension, excessive irritability, anxiety, and poor concentration. Dosage: As a tonic, take 2 tablets 3 times per day. For acute conditions, take 2 tablets every 2 hours. Not recommended for pregnant women.

    Relieve Head Wind and Blood Stagnation

  • Feverfew (chief herb)
  • Semen Viticis (chief)
  • Notopterygium root (chief)
  • Ligusticum (chief)
  • Angelica (chief)
  • Sileris (assisting)
  • Cyperus (assisting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • Schizonepeta (conducting)
  • Tea (conducting)
  • This formula relieves nervousness, headache, colds and flu. It has a warm energy. Dosage: Take 1 or 2 tablets with boiled warm water every 2 hours or as needed. Not recommended for pregnant women.

    Heart and Mind

    - (relieve heart blood circulation, tonify chi, and calm spirit)
  • Hawthorn berries (chief herb)
  • Salvia milthiorrhiza (chief and conducting)
  • Dong quai (assisting)
  • Tienchi ginseng (assisting and conducting)
  • Motherwort (assisting and conducting)
  • Polygala (assisting and conducting)
  • Borage (supporting)
  • Juniper berries (supporting)
  • Codonopsis (supporting)
  • Longan berries (supporting)
  • Acting on the heart and spirit, this formula calms the mind from excessive thoughts, nourishes blood and yin, and assists circulation. It has warm energy. Useful in arteriosclerosis, restlessness, low energy, palpitations, heart pains, and most other heart problems. Dosage: As a tonic, take 2 tablets 3 times per day. For acute conditions, take more as needed. Not recommended for pregnant women.

    Weight Control

    - (reduce and remove excess heat and damp, calm spirits and tonify the stomach-spleen)
  • Triphala (chief herb)
  • Spirulina (chief)
  • Kelp (chief)
  • Cleavers (chief)
  • Astragalus (chief)
  • Cascara (assisting)
  • Chaparral (assisting)
  • Echinacea (assisting)
  • Gambir (assisting)
  • Rhubarb (assisting)
  • Watercress (assisting)
  • Atractylodes (assisting)
  • Stephania (assisting)
  • Ma huang (assisting)
  • Semen Zizyphus (assisting)
  • Mustard seed (assisting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • Fennel (conducting)
  • Ginger (conducting)
  • This formula gently opens the channels of elimination and assists in a balanced detoxification. It aids assimilation and satisfies hunger. It is slightly cool, dispersing energy and is good for general detoxification and weight reduction. Dosage: 2 to 4 tablets 3 times per day. It is excellent taken with a diet of warm soy milk for weight reduction or a tea of cleavers and fennel seed. More info on obesity.


    - (remove liver stagnation, smooth and regulate chi, tonify liver yin)
  • Bupleurum (chief, assisting and conducting)
  • Milk thistle seeds (chief and assisting)
  • Dandelion root (chief)
  • Oregon grape root (chief)
  • Angelica (assisting)
  • Lycii berries (supporting)
  • Cyperus (conducting)
  • Fennel seed (conducting)
  • Ginger (conducting)
  • A relatively balanced energy, this formula regulates liver metabolism and dredges and detoxifies the liver while supporting liver yin (blood). It helps hepatitis, chest pains, colitis due to liver irregularities, constipation, cirrhoses, gynecology, and general blood detoxification. It also helps tonify liver blood. Dosage: 2 tablets 3 times per day with warm water.

    Liver Chi Regulation

    - (smooth the process of digestion, detoxification, and glycogenesis in the liver)
  • Bupleurum (chief herb)
  • Cyperus root (chief)
  • Magnolia bark (chief)
  • Chaste tree berries (chief and assisting)
  • White peony root (assisting)
  • Bitter orange peel (assisting)
  • Lovage root (assisting)
  • Cramp bark (assisting)
  • Wild yam root (assisting)
  • Poria mushroom (assisting)
  • Atractylodes (assisting)
  • Dong quai (assisting)
  • Gastrodia root (assisting)
  • Pinellia root (assisting)
  • Licorice root (supporting)
  • Ginger root (conducting)
  • This formula regulates liver chi and relieves abdominal and chest pains caused by impaired flow of vital energy and blood. It relieves depression, stagnation, nervousness, premenstrual syndrome, uneasiness, chest pains, digestive upset, abdominal distention, bloat, belching, gas, indigestion, candida symptoms and constipation.

    Skin and Genital Herpes

    - (remove damp heat from the lower warmer)
  • Echinacea (chief herb)
  • Yellow dock (chief)
  • Gentian root (chief)
  • Goldenseal (chief)
  • Bupleurum (chief and assisting)
  • Poria (assisting)
  • Wild yam root (supporting)
  • Marshmallow root (supporting)
  • Myrrh gum (conducting)
  • This formula has cool energy and is detoxifying. Useful in acute or chronic venereal diseases including herpes, pelvic inflammatory disease, leucorrhea, gonorrhea, syphilis and general skin eruptions. Good as a blood purifier and helps to resolve inflammation and pus. Dosage: 2 to 4 tablets 3 times per day with warm water. While taking this formula, patients should be warned not to use any stimulants, including drugs, alcohol, coffee, sugar and acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus.

    Blood Purification, Skin and Inflammatory Conditions

    - (clear heat)
  • Echinacea root (chief herb)
  • Goldenseal (chief)
  • Chaparral (chief)
  • Honeysuckle flowers (chief)
  • Forsythia blossoms (chief)
  • Sarsaparilla root (chief)
  • Yellow dock root (chief)
  • American ginseng (supporting)
  • Ginger root (conducting)
  • Cinnamon twigs (conducting)
  • This blood purifying formula has a cool detoxifying energy. Useful for inflammatory conditions, skin eruptions, fevers, toxicity of blood and lymph, boils, sores and cancer. It is effective for both bacterial and viral infections. Dosage: 2 to 4 tablets 3 times per day with warm water. For treatment of flu, take 4 tablets with warm water 2-3 times per day. Follow a simple diet, avoiding heating, dispersing and denatured foods, drugs, stimulants, peppers, sugar (including fruit juices and fruits), alcohol and excess meat.
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