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Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang

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Pin Ying Name: Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang

English Name: Pubescent Angelica & Loranthus Decoction

Chinese Name: 獨活寄生湯

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Actions
Rx. Angelica Pubescentis Du Huo

Disperses Wind-Cold-Dampness from the Lower Jiao, bones and sinews, vitalizes the vessels and alleviates pain.

With Xi Xin, for Shao Yin headache, with splitting pain that involves the teeth and cheeks due to External Wind-Cold and joint pain due to Wind-Cold-Dampness With Xi Xin and Qin Jiao, for Wind-Damp Bi causing numbness, pain and soreness in the neck, back and lower extremities. With Fang Feng, for numbness in the legs.

Hb. cum Rx. Asari Xi Xin

Releases exterior Wind-Cold, disperses Internal Cold, warms the Lungs transforms Phlegm and scours Wind-Dampness from sinews and bones to stop pain.

With Chuan Xiong, for Wind-Cold headache, toothache and Bi pain. With Sheng Di Huang, for a headache and toothache due to Wind-Heat. With Chuan Xiong and Fang Feng, for Bi syndrome. With Du Zhong and Sang Ji Sheng, for chronic low back and knee pain.

Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng

Expels Wind-Cold and Dampness and alleviates pain.

With Qin Jiao, for Wind-Damp Bi with spasms of the tendons or numbness of the limbs and pain due to Wind-Dampness in patients with Blood Deficiency.

Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae Qin Jiao

Expels Wind-Dampness and relaxes sinews.

Hb. Taxilli Sang Ji Sheng

Expels Wind-Dampness, strengthens sinews and bones, tonifies Liver and Kidney Yin and nourishes the Blood.

With Du Zhong, and Niu Xi, expels Wind-Dampness and tonifies the Liver and Kidneys. With Xu Duan, Dang Gui and Du Zhong, for restless fetus, and back pain due to Yin and Blood Deficiencies.

Rx. Dipsaci Xu Duan

Often substituted for San Ji Sheng.

With Du Zhong, tonifies Liver and Kidneys, strengthens the lower back and secures the Chong and Ren channels to treat aching in the lower back and knees, weakness of the legs which makes walking difficult and especially threatened miscarriage due to instability of the Chong and Ren channels and restless fetus or bleeding during pregnancy accompanied by lower back pain and a sense of dropping in the lower trunk.

Cx. Eucommiae Du Zhong

Tonifies the Kidneys and Liver and strengthens sinews and bones.

With Xu Duan, for fractures. With Sang Ji Sheng, Dang Gui and Chuan Xiong, for low back pain during and after menstruation.

Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae Niu Xi

Invigorates the Blood, strengthens the sinews and bones, benefits the joints and nourishes the Liver and Kidney Yin.

With Sang Ji Sheng and Du Zhong, directs the other herbs toward lower extremities. With Du Zhong, for low back and extremity pain and weakness due to Bi pain or Kidney Deficiency. With Sheng Di Huang, powerfully clears Deficiency Fire Blazing Upward with pain and swelling of the gums, epistaxis, hematemesis and other hemorrhage in the upper body and treats diabetes.

Cx. Cinnamomi Rou Gui

Warms Kidneys, strengthens Yang, strengthens Ming Men Fire, disperses deep Cold, warms and unblocks the channels and vessels to open the lower back and alleviates pain.

With Ren Shen and Shu Di Huang, for palpitations and shortness of breath due to Deficiencies of Heart and Kidneys. With Dang Gui and Chuan Xiong, for dysmenorrhea, postpartum abdominal pain or amenorrhea due to Deficiency Cold of the Chong and Ren channels.

Rx. Angelica Sinensis Dang Gui

Tonifies, invigorates and harmonizes the Blood, disperses Cold and alleviates pain.

With Chuan Xiong, harmonizes, nourishes and invigorates the Blood, disperses Blood Stasis and treats abdominal pain. With Chuan Xiong, Sheng Di Huang and Bai Shao, nourishes and invigorates the Blood. With Shu Di Huang, for Heat symptoms due to Yin Deficiency and Devastated Blood. With Bai Shao and Fu Ling, for diarrhea during pregnancy with mild abdominal pain.

Rz. Chuanxiong Chuang Xiong

Activates Blood, regulates Qi, expels Wind-Cold and alleviates pain.

With Dang Gui, for Wind-Damp Invasion blocking the Blood vessels causing pain, numbness, and paralysis. With Sheng Di Huang and Bai Shao, for headache due to Blood Deficiency. With Rou Gui, for irregular menstruation with Cold in the Blood.

Rx. Rehmanniae Sheng Di Huang

Nourishes Yin and Blood and generates fluids.

With Bai Shao, for Blood Deficiency Heat.

Baked Rx. Rehmanniae Shu Di Huang

Often substituted for Sheng Di Huang due to its stronger nourishing properties.

With Dang Gui, for Blood Deficiency Heat. With Ren Shen, for Qi, Blood and Yin Deficiencies. With Dang Gui, Bai Shao and Chuan Xiong, for anemia.

Rx. Paeoniae Alba Bai Shao

Nourishes Blood and alleviates pain.

With Fu Ling, strengthens the Spleen. With Dang Gui, nourishes Yin and Blood. With Dang Gui and Shu Di Huang, for dizziness, blurred vision, and dysmenorrhea due to Blood Deficiency or Stasis. With Du Huo, Qin Jiao, Ren Shen, Dang Gui and Zhi Gan Cao, for chronic Bi Syndrome with injury to Qi and Blood leading to spasms of the extremities.

Rx. Ginseng Ren Shen

Tonifies Qi, calms the Spirit and generates Body Fluids.

Rx. Codonopsis Dang Shen

Often substituted for Ren Shen.

With Fu Ling, for Spleen and Stomach Deficiencies with fatigue, a sensation of fullness in the abdomen, dizziness, lethargy, shortness of breath, anorexia and loose stools or diarrhea.

Poria Fu Ling

Promotes urination, resolves Dampness, strengthens the Spleen and harmonizes the Middle Jiao.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae Preparata Zhi Gan Cao

Tonifies Middle Qi and moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of the other herbs.

With Ren Shen and Fu Ling, strengthens the Spleen and augments Qi.

Formula Actions
  • Disperses Wind-Dampness
  • Scatters Cold
  • Stops Bi pain
  • Tonifies the Kidneys and Liver
  • Tonifies Qi
  • Nourishes the Blood
  • Bi Syndrome with Kidney and Liver Deficiency
  • Bi Syndrome with Qi and Blood Deficiency
  • Invasion of the muscles and bones by Wind-Cold-Damp
  • Atrophy disorder (wasting of the lower extremities)
Clinical Manifestations
  • Painful joints
  • Heavy and painful sensations at fixed locations in lower back and extremities with weakness and stiffness or hypertonicity and immobility
  • Aversion to Cold
  • Attraction to warmth
  • Palpitations
  • Pain in the midline and back during pregnancy
  • Pain worse at night
  • General coldness
  • Sallow complexion
  • Wandering pain
  • Pale complexion
  • Shortness of breath
  • May be paresthesia and numbness
  • Cold pain in the low back and knees
  • Limited movement
  • Soreness, weakness and numbness of the joints
  • Tinnitus
  • Muscle spasms
  • Dizziness
  • T: Pale
  • C: Thin and white or White and moist
  • P: Thin, weak and slow or Deep, thready and weak or slippery
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Sciatica due to degenerative joint disease
  • Sequelae of poliomyelitis
  • Rheumatic sciatica
  • Chronic arthralgia
  • Chronic arthritis
  • Paralysis
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Coxarthrosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Atrophy of the lower limbs
  • Hip internal rotation injury
  • Numbness
  • Gout
  • Palpitations
  • Scapulohumeral periarthritis
  • Stroke
  • Hemiplegia
  • Prolapse of lumbar intervertebral disc
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatosclerosis
  • Dendrolimiasis
  • Hyperosteogeny
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Postpartum ache and pains
  • Bone Bi
  • Vertebral arthrosis
  • Gonarthrosis
  • Postpartum body pain
  • Paresthesia
  • Knee pain
  • Weakness
  • Scleroderma
  • Pain in the midline and back during pregnancy
  • Contraindicated for Bi syndrome marked by strong Excess or Damp-Heat.
  • Contraindicated for Bi syndrome marked by Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiencies.
  • Use with caution during pregnancy.

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