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Shi Quan Da Bu Tang 十 全 大 補 湯

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Indication: Qi and Blood Deficiency, mild Deficiency Cold

Symptoms: A wan complexion, fatigue, reduced appetite, dizziness, listlessness, dyspnea, palpitations, spontaneous sweating, night sweats, cold extremities, Qi and Blood deficiency in consumptive disorders with coughing, reduced appetite, spermatorrhea, and weakness of the lower extremities. Also, sores that refuse to heal or continuous spotting from uterine bleeding.

Tongue: pale, white; Pulse: thin, frail

The approach here is combining the classic qi tonic (SJZT) and classic blood tonic (SWT), then adding Huang Qi and Rou Gui as powerful herbs that can stimulate the other herbs into their action. Huang Qi is sweet and warm and described in Seeking Accuracy in the Materia Medica as "the first among all of the qi tonifying herbs" -- suggesting its power as an entirely yang medicinal. Huang Qi stimulating the qi dynamic, raises the yang, and disperses blood and essence throughout the body. Acrid and hot -- Rou Gui tonifies the ming men to assist the yang. Its warmth enters the blood, aids in the movement of blood, stimulates the qi dynamic, and promotes transformation throughout the body. Described by the The Covenient Reader of Established Formulas, "The tonifying properties of all herbs that receive the power of its warming nourishment are greatly increased. Therefore, their efficacy is also greatly increased. Not only yang xu, but yin xu can be warmed, because without the yang, the yin cannot be generated". Shi Quan Da bu Tang stimulates, tonifies, and gathers the pwer of qi and yang in order to stimulate the production and transformation of blood.