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Liu Wei Di Huang Wan 六 味 地 黃 丸

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Source: Craft of Medicinal Treatment for Childhood Disease Patterns (1119)

Indication: Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency

Symptoms: Soreness and weakness in the lower back, lightheadedness, vertigo, tinnitus, diminished hearing, night sweats, spontaneous and nocturnal emissions.

Tongue: red, little coat; Pulse: rapid, thin

This formula was popularized in the Ming Dynasty by writings and teachings of warm tonification scholars who believed the Kidneys were the most important organ in the body. Originally a pediatric formula as a modified Shen Qi Wan, it addressed poor essence development. Now, the formula is used to address Kidney and Liver Yin deficiency. Its elegant and balanced architecture is suitable for long-term use, and is composed of 3 tonifing herbs and 3 draining herbs. The tonifiers are mostly sweet and warm, while the drainers are mostly bland, neutral, cold medicinals. The balance of this formula extends to the Yin organs as follows:

tonifiers drainers
kidney Shu Di Ze Xie
liver Shan Zhu Yu Mu Dan Pi
spleen Shan Yao Fu Ling