Bai Zhu Rhizoma Atractylodis macrocephalae
Ban Xia Rhizoma Pinelliae preparatum
Gou Teng Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis
Fu Ling Sclerotium Poriae albae
Tu Si Zi Semen Cuscutae
Dang Gui Radix Angelicae sinensis
Man Jing Zi Fructus Viticis
Ju Hua Flos Chrysanthemi
Bai Ji Li Fructus Tribuli
Yuan Zhi Radix Polygalae
Gou Qi Zi Fructus Lycii
Du Zhong Cortex Eucommiae
Chen Pi Pericarpium Citri reticulatae
Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae
Shi Chang Pu Rhizoma Acori tatarinowii
Da Zao Fructus Ziziphi jujubae rubrae
Liver-Yang rising, Phlegm clouding the head, Blood deficiency, Kidney-Yang deficiency.
Subdue Liver-Yang, extinguish Liver-Wind, resolve Phlegm, nourish Blood, tonify Kidney-Yang, tonify Spleen-Qi.
Tongue: Pale or normal-coloured, swollen, sticky-white coating.
Pulse: Weak and slightly Slippery.
Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang
Differences from Classical Antecedent
It tonifies the Kidneys and nourishes Blood (which the original formula does not do), it opens the Mind’s orifices to resolve Phlegm from the brain.
This formula is specifically to address a background of both Phlegm and Liver-Yang rising: this pattern is, in fact, probably the most common pattern encountered in middle-aged or old people. Phlegm, formed as a result of Spleen deficiency over a long time, clouds the head’s orifices and prevents the clear Yang from rising to the head to brighten its orifices.
Liver-Yang rising may also occur against a background of Kidney-Yang deficiency.
Although it is Kidney-Yin deficiency that usually gives rise to Liver-Yang rising, in people over 40, both Kidney-Yang and Kidney-Yin are often deficient; thus if there is a primary deficiency of Kidney-Yang, there is often a secondary deficiency of Kidney-Yin that may cause Liver-Yang to rise. For these reasons, this formula has been modified to nourish Liver-Blood and tonify Kidney-Yang. By rising to the head, Liver-Yang also carries the pathogenic Phlegm with it, thus aggravating the clouding of the head’s orifices.
- Ban Xia, Fu Ling and Chen Pi resolve Phlegm;
- Bai Zhu tonifies the Spleen and dries Dampness;
- Gou Teng, Bai Ji Li, Ju Hua and Man Jing Zi extinguish Wind, subdue Liver- Yang;
- Dang Gui and Gou Qi Zi nourish Liver-Blood;
- Tu Si Zi and Du Zhong tonify Kidney-Yang;
- Yuan Zhi and Shi Chang Pu open the head’s orifices and allow the clear Yang to brighten the orifices.
Phlegm obstructs the head’s orifices and, on a mental level, it clouds the Mind, causing a feeling of disorientation, lack of clarity about one’s aims and priorities and a certain aimlessness. This type of person will talk in a hesitant manner and will be confused about his or her condition and about life in general.
When to take
This product is a dietary (food) supplement, as prescribed by a qualified practitioner. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease. Do not take if nursing or pregnant. Not intended to replace a varied diet. Not to be consumed for longer 3 months on a continued basis.