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Chinese Herbal Formulas

Immune System

- (tonify wei (immune system), whi and yin and clear heat)
  • Pau d'arco (chief herb)
  • Echinacea root (chief)
  • Astragalus (chief)
  • Suma (chief)
  • Siberian ginseng (chief)
  • Reishi mushroom (chief, assisting and supporting)
  • Schizandra berries (assisting)
  • Ligustrum fruit (assisting)
  • Chaparral (assisting)
  • Goldenseal (assisting)
  • Garlic (assisting and conducting)
  • Tonifies both yin and yang, clears deficient heat. Considered in prevention and treatment of general weakness, colds, flu, candida albicans yeast overgrowth, cancer, AIDS, and immune-deficiency diseases generally. Dosage: For prevention take 2 tablets once or twice per day. For treatment 2 tablets 3 times per day with warm water or mild licorice tea.


    Natural Antibiotic, Blood and Lymphatic Cleanser

    - (clear toxic heat and promote healing)
    Pure extraction of each of the following:
  • Echinacea Angustifolia
  • Echinacea Palida
  • Echinacea Purpurea
  • Cool and detoxifying, this formula counteracts inflammatory conditions of a solid or excess nature. Tonifies the surface immune system, aids in the process of anti-body production. May be used as herbal antibiotic, alone or in combination. Dosage: For acute conditions 2 tablets every 2 hours, less frequently as symptoms subside. Continue to use 3 times per day for a week or two after all symptoms have disappeared. If no improvement in first 3 days, use a small amount of ginseng.


    Circulation and Warmth

    - (warm and disperse)
  • Ginger root (chief herb)
  • Cinnamon twigs (chief)
  • Cayenne (chief)
  • Cloves (chief)
  • Bayberry bark (chief and assisting)
  • White pine bark (assisting)
  • Marshmallow root (supporting)
  • Licorice root (supporting)
  • This formula has warm, dispersing and drying energy. Remedy for colds, flu, congestion, overeating, bloatedness, diarrhea and stagnant circulatory conditions. May be used for stimulating hot baths and foot-baths. This formula is NOT recommended for chronic inflammatory conditions. Dosage: 3 to 4 tablets with warm water or ginger and honey tea at first stages of cold or flu. Repeat as needed.


    Glandular System

    - (balance hormones, tonify blood and yin and clear heat)
  • American ginseng (chief herb)
  • Dong quai (chief)
  • Chaste tree berries (chief)
  • Saw palmetto berries (chief and assisting)
  • Sarsaparilla (assisting)
  • Black cohosh (assisting)
  • Kelp (assisting)
  • Goldenseal (assisting)
  • Wild yam (assisting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • Ginger (conducting)
  • This formula has neutral-to-warm energy. It is a general glandular tonic, counteracts aging, preserves youthfulness, is good for pubescent children, helpful in cases of retarded growth and menopause, strengthens hormone function, tonifies both yin and yang, and counteracts impotency and frigidity. Dosage: as a tonic take 2 to 4 tablets 2 to 3 times per day.


    To Aid Fasting

    - (neutralize acids and alleviate hunger)
  • Dandelion root (chief herb)
  • Violet leaves (chief)
  • Black pepper (chief, assisting and conducting)
  • Cleavers (assisting)
  • Fennel seed (conducting)
  • Cardamon seed (conducting)
  • Drink this formula during fasting to help alleviate hunger pangs, promote detoxification, neutralize stomach acids and help dissolve fat. Dosage: steep 1 to 2 tsp. in a cup of boiled warm water. May add honey. Take as often as desired.


    Food Supplement

    - (herbal food)
  • Combine powders of roasted barley, soya protein, yeast, bee pollen, spirulina, astragalus, imperatae herb, wheat germ, psyllium seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, kelp, rose hips, amla, suma and wheat grass concentrate. This mixture may be eaten freely. Contains complete and balanced herbal protein, vitamins and minerals as naturally found in wholesome food. It can be used fasting, as an emergency food when traveling and simply as a whole herbal food supplement. Dosage: add warm water to 2 or more tbsp. to desired consistency.



  • Bulk Nutrient Laxative

    - (lubricate dryness and promote bowel elimination)
  • Equal parts: Psyllium, Flax and Chia seeds
  • Soak 3 to 4 tbsp. overnight in a cup of black cherry juice. Drink and eat it in 3 portions throughout the following day. More info on constipation.

    Tai Chi

    - (to tonify chi, especially of the spleen-pancreas and stomach)
  • Panax ginseng (chief herb)
  • American ginseng (chief)
  • Siberian ginseng (chief)
  • Codonopsis (chief)
  • Tienchi ginseng (chief)
  • Astragalus (chief)
  • Atractylodes (assisting)
  • Poria mushroom (assisting)
  • Fo-ti (supporting)
  • Dong quai (supporting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • This formula tonifies spleen chi, yang and blood. Has war strengthening energy. Useful for low energy, fatigue, hypoglycemia, forgetfulness and lowered immune system. It builds stamina gradually over long periods of time. Dosage: for extreme deficient conditions, simmer 4 tablets in 3 cups of water and add some meat, grains or root vegetables to make a soup. This may be taken 2 or 3 times per day by those with deficiency or coldness. Taken in the morning, it is an herbal energy pill to help maintain energy and youthful vitality.


    Shujin Chih

    - (to counteract stiffness and increase flexibility)
  • Dong quai (chief herb)
  • Ligusticum (chief)
  • Achryanthes (chief)
  • Dipsacus (chief)
  • Chaenomeles (chief)
  • Notoptyrygium (chief, assisting and conducting)
  • Angelica Tu huo (chief, assisting and conducting)
  • Gambir (supporting)
  • Sileris (assisting)
  • Tienchi ginseng (assisting and conducting)
  • Lycii berries (supporting)
  • A tonic for the kidneys and liver, this formula soothes muscles and tendons, increases general body flexibility, improves blood circulation, relieves back and legs, numbness and dyskinesia. Dosage: may be taken either as a tablet or alcoholic-based extract (useful in the elderly with circulatory problems). As a tincture, take 30 drops 2 to 3 times per day. Use 2 tablets 2 or 3 times per day.


    Tonifies Yin

  • Rehmannia, cooked (chief herb)
  • Lycii berries (chief)
  • Chrysanthemum flowers (chief)
  • Polygonum multiflorum (chief)
  • Ligustrum lucidi (chief)
  • Saw Palmetto berries (chief)
  • Cornus berries (assisting)
  • Moutan peony (assisting)
  • Poria (assisting)
  • Alisma (assisting)
  • Dioscorea (supporting)
  • A yin tonic with a nourishing, neutral and cool energy, it tonifies kidney yin, strengthens weak kidney-urinary function and is useful for treatment of impotence, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), aching lower back and knees, night sweats, diabetes and involuntary emission, night blindness, photophobia, vision weakness, hypertension and regenerating the liver. Dosage: take 2 tablets 2 or 3 times per day with warm water along with a little miso, tamari sauce or a pinch of salt.


    Tonifies Yang

  • Ashwagandha (chief herb)
  • Cornus berries (chief)
  • Psoralea bean (chief)
  • Cuscutae seed (chief)
  • Morindae (chief)
  • Epimedium (chief)
  • Aconitum praeparata (chief)
  • Cinnamon bark (chief)
  • Moutan peony (assisting)
  • Schizandra berries (assisting and supporting)
  • Poria (assisting)
  • Alisma (assisting)
  • Rehmannia, cooked (supporting)
  • Dioscorea (supporting)
  • Saw palmetto berries (supporting)
  • Lycii berries (supporting)
  • Dong quai (supporting)
  • This formula, very warm in nature, tonifies kidney yang, strengthens weak adrenal function and is used in the treatment of general coldness, impotence, chronic nephritis, kidney atrophy, edema, difficult urination, chronic cystitis, diabetes, lower back pains, painful joints and cold, deficient constipation. It increases drive and motivation; is another longevity tonic for those over forty. Dosage: take 2 tablets 2 or 3 times per day with warm water and a little miso, tamari sauce or a pinch of salt.


    Pueraria Combination, Ko Ken Tang or Kudzu Root Tea

    - (relieves cold, neck and shoulder stiffness)
  • Pueraria root (chief herb)
  • Ma huang (assisting)
  • Cinnamon twigs (assisting)
  • Peony root (assisting)
  • Jujube date (supporting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • Ginger (conducting)
  • This warm natured formula is helpful in treatment of colds, flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, upper shoulder and muscle tightness and soreness, coughs, and gastrointestinal diseases. Dosage: simmer 4 cups of tea until it has reduced to 2 cups in volume. Drink 2 cups per day.


    Minor Bupleurum Combination or Hsiao Chai Hu Tang

  • Bupleurum (chief herb)
  • Skullcap root (assisting)
  • Pinellia (assisting)
  • Ginseng (assisting)
  • Jujube date (supporting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • Ginger (conducting)
  • This formula treats prolonged symptoms of cold, flu, asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, headaches, nasal congestion, shoulder stiffness, tuberculosis, pleurisy, hypoglycemia and hepatitis. Dosage: simmer 4 cups of tea until it has reduced to 2 cups in volume. Drink 2 cups per day.


    Jade Screen or Yipingfeng San

    - (tonifies wei (immune) chi)
  • Astragalus (chief herb)
  • Atractylodes (assisting)
  • Sileris (assisting and conducting)
  • This is a Chinese herb food for tonifying the immune system and treating internal coldness. It is good for poor health with frequent colds, flu and perspiration from weakness. Most warm-natured tonics are not taken during active, acute inflammatory conditions, unless specifically prescribed. Dosage: 1/2 to 1 tsp. once or twice per day.


    Strong Blood or Si Wu Tang

    - (tonifies blood)
  • Dong quai (chief herb)
  • Ligusticum wallichii (chief, assisting and conducting)
  • Rehmannia, cooked (chief)
  • Peony alba (assisting and conducting)
  • This formula tonifies blood, counteracts anemia and regulates menstruation. Dosage: 1 tsp. 2 or 3 times per day.

    Four Nobles or Si Junza Tang

    - (tonifies chi)
  • Ginseng (chief herb)
  • Codonopsis (chief)
  • Atractylodes (chief, assisting and conducting)
  • Poria (assisting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • This formula strengthens the chi, aids digestion, tonifies the spleen chi, strengthens the spleen-pancreas and stomach, and counteracts weakness and fatigue.


    Circulation and Warmth

    - (warm and disperse)
  • Ginger root (chief herb)
  • Astragalus (chief)
  • Atractylodes (chief and assisting)
  • Jujube dates (chief and supporting)
  • Bayberry bark (chief)
  • Zizyphus seeds (assisting)
  • Polygala root (assisting)
  • Licorice root (supporting)
  • Longan berries (supporting)
  • This formula tonifies chi, centers the mind, strengthens spleen chi, aids digestion, is calming, alleviates insomnia, palpitations, asthenia, weak heart, poor appetite. Dosage: 1 tsp. 2 or 3 times per day.


    Eight Precious Herbs or Bazhen Wan

    - (tonifies blood and chi)
  • Codonopsis (chief herb)
  • Dong quai (chief)
  • Rehmannia, cooked (chief)
  • Ligusticum (assisting)
  • Atractylodes (assisting)
  • Poria (assisting)
  • Peony root (assisting and conducting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • This formula is a Chinese herb food, a tonic for blood and energy. This may be taken as a general tonic or for specific conditions such as anorexia, anemia and weakness. Dosage: 1/2 to 1 tsp. is eaten once or twice per day.


    Wu Zi Wan

    - (tonic for kidney-adrenals)
  • Semen plantago (chief herb)
  • Rehmannia, cooked (chief)
  • Semen cuscutae (chief)
  • Lycii berries (chief)
  • Schizandra berries (chief)
  • Cornus berries (chief)
  • Poria (assisting)
  • Alisma (assisting)
  • Raspberries (assisting)
  • Dioscorea (supporting)
  • This formula is a kidney-adrenal tonic for kidney yin and yang. It supports the adrenals, improves health and promotes longevity. It helps urinary weakness, improves the hair and complexion, and counteracts impotence. Dosage: take 1/2 to 1 tsp. once or twice per day. Take a tsp. or so of rice wine once or twice a day if you are forty years or older.


    To Counteract Excess Yin and Coldness

  • Cinnamon bark (chief and conducting)
  • Ginger (chief and conducting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • Aconitum praeparata (chief and conducting)
  • Atractylodes (assisting and supporting)
  • This formula raises body metabolism and promotes circulation and digestion as it warms the whole body. Good in winter for coldness, clear allergic discharges, clear urine, loose stool, weak digestion, low energy, pallor and chronic bronchitis. Dosage: take 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. 1-3 times per day.


    Bu Zhong Yin Chi Wan

  • Ginseng (chief herb)
  • Astragalus (chief and assisting)
  • Atractylodes (chief and assisting)
  • Dong quai (assisting)
  • Black cohosh (assisting)
  • Bupleurum (assisting)
  • Citrus peel (assisting)
  • Licorice (supporting)
  • This formula is for maximum tonification. It treats chronic weakness, tuberculosis, gastroptosis, anorexia, abdominal distention, loss of weight during the summer, neurasthenia, impotence, uterine prolapse, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, monoplegia, ephidrosis (abnormal amounts of sweating), hernia, chronic gonorrhea, diarrhea, malaria, suppuration and hemorrhage. The person in need of this formula will have a weak pulse, with general fatigue, mild fever, night sweats, headache, weak digestion and palpitations at the naval. Dosage: 1/2 to 1 tsp. 2 to 3 times per day. As a milder tonic, take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. twice per day.


    Ginseng and Antler Combination

  • Equal parts: American ginseng and Red deer antler
  • This formula is one of the most powerful tonics, it raises body metabolism and treats coldness, poor digestion, weakness, aging, arthritic and rheumatic complaints and poor memory. Good for weak and sickly children, infants who are not growing, and lack of physical stamina. Excellent for male and female hormone deficiencies, lack of sexual libido, frigidity and impotence.
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