Coco-grass rhizomes (Xiang Fu) Black atractylodes rhizomes (Cang Zhu) Poria-cocos mushrooms (Fu Ling) Bitter oranges (Zhi Ke) Tangerine peel (Chen Pi) Fresh ginger (Sheng Jiang) Medicated leaven (Shen Qu) Liquorice (Gan Cao)

Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan

Chinese: 苍附导痰丸

Pinyin: Cāng Fù Dǎo Tán Wán

Other names: Atractylodes-Cyperus Conducting Phlegm Pill

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that dry Dampness and transform Phlegm

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: Scanty menstruationLow breast milk supplyAbsence of menstruation

Main actions: Resolves Dampness and Phlegm

Source date: 1817 AD

Source book: 叶天士女科证治秘方 / Doctor Ye Tian Shi's Gynecology formula

Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Coco-Grass Rhizomes (Xiang Fu) and Black Atractylodes Rhizomes (Cang Zhu) as principal ingredients.

Invented in 1817 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dry Dampness and transform Phlegm. Its main action is that it resolves Dampness and Phlegm.

In Chinese Medicine health conditions are thought to arise due to "disharmonies" in the body as a system. These disharmonies are called "patterns" and the very purpose of herbal formulas is to fight them in order to restore the body's harmony.

In this case Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan is used by TCM practitioners to fight patterns like Phlegm or Phlegm in the Uterus. From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as low breast milk supply, scanty menstruation or absence of menstruation for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the eight ingredients in Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, we review the patterns and conditions that Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan helps treat.

The eight ingredients in Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan

Xiang Fu is a king ingredient in Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Coco-Grass Rhizomes (Xiang Fu)

Part used: Dried rhizome

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterPungentSweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenLiverSanjiao

Category: Herbs that regulate Qi

In general Xiang Fu's main actions are as follows: "Unblocks Stagnant Liver Qi and relieves pain. Regulates the Liver and Spleen. Assists the regulation of menses and relieves pain."

In the context of Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, it is used because it moves Qi and eliminates Qi Stagnation which will help to resolve Phlegm.

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Cang Zhu is a king ingredient in Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

2. Black Atractylodes Rhizomes (Cang Zhu)

Part used: The dried rhizome

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomach

Category: Aromatic herbs that transform Dampness

In general Cang Zhu's main actions are as follows: "Dries Damp and tonifies the Spleen. Relieves the Exterior for invasion of Wind-Cold-Damp. Relieves Wind-Damp painful obstruction. Dries Damp for either Damp-Cold or Damp-Heat when combined with the correct herbs. Clears the eyes and improves sight."

In the context of Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, it is used because it resolves Dampness and Phlegm.

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3. Poria-Cocos Mushrooms (Fu Ling)

Part used: Dried sclerotium

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenHeartKidneyLung

Category: Herbs that drain Dampness

In general Fu Ling's main actions are as follows: "Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit."

In the context of Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, it is used because it resolves Dampness and Phlegm..

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4. Bitter Oranges (Zhi Ke)

Part used: Dried ripe fruit

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungentSour

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomach

Category: Herbs that regulate Qi

In general Zhi Ke's main actions are as follows: "To regulate the flow of Qi, remove its stagnation, and alleviate distension."

In the context of Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, it is used because it moves Qi and eliminates Qi Stagnation which will help to resolve Phlegm.

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5. Tangerine Peel (Chen Pi)

Part used: Dried pericarp of the ripe fruit

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenLung

Category: Herbs that regulate Qi

In general Chen Pi's main actions are as follows: "Warms the Spleen and regulates the Middle Burner Qi. Dries Dampness and disperses Phlegm from the Lungs and Middle Burner. Reduces the potential for Stagnation caused by tonifying herbs."

In the context of Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, it is used because it moves Qi and eliminates Qi Stagnation which will help to resolve Phlegm.

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6. Fresh Ginger (Sheng Jiang)

Part used: Fresh root

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomachLung

Category: Warm/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

In general Sheng Jiang's main actions are as follows: "Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold. Warms and circulates Qi in the Middle Burner. Calms a restless fetus and treats morning sickness. Treats seafood poisoning."

In the context of Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, it is used because it helps digestion and dissolves food accumulation in the Stomach, which will help to resolve Phlegm.

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7. Medicated Leaven (Shen Qu)

Part used: This is a fermented combination of wheat flour, Artemisia annua, Xanthium, Polygonum hydropiper and other herbs.

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): PungentSweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomach

Category: Herbs that relieve Food Stagnation

In general Shen Qu's main actions are as follows: "Assists the Stomach in removing Food Stagnation. Harmonizes the Earth element and improves digestion."

In the context of Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, it is used because it helps digestion and dissolves food accumulation in the Stomach, which will help to resolve Phlegm..

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8. Liquorice (Gan Cao)

Part used: Dried root and rhizome

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomachHeartLung

Category: Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency

In general Gan Cao's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs."

In the context of Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, it is used because it harmonizes all ingredients.

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Conditions and patterns for which Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan may be prescribed

It's important to remember that herbal formulas are meant to treat patterns, not "diseases" as understood in Western Medicine. According to Chinese Medicine patterns, which are disruptions to the body as a system, are the underlying root cause for diseases and conditions.

As such Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan is used by TCM practitioners to treat two different patterns which we describe below.

But before we delve into these patterns here is an overview of the Western conditions they're commonly associated with:

Low breast milk supply Scanty menstruation Absence of menstruation

Again it wouldn't be correct to say "Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan treats low breast milk supply" for instance. Rather, Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan is used to treat patterns that are sometimes the root cause behind low breast milk supply.

Now let's look at the two patterns commonly treated with Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan.

Body Fluids (Jin Ye) is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Body Fluids in Chinese Medicine

Phlegm

Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Phlegm. This pattern leads to symptoms such as chest pressure, nausea, dizziness and feeling of heaviness. Patients with Phlegm typically exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky coating, thick coating.

Phlegm has a great importance in Chinese Medicine as it is both a condition in and of itself as well as a cause for other diseases.

The main cause for the formation of Phlegm is Spleen Deficiency since the Spleen rules the transformation and transportation of Body Fluids. If this function is... read more about Phlegm

The Uterus is a so-called "Extraordinary" Organ. Learn more about the Uterus in Chinese Medicine

Phlegm in the Uterus

Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Phlegm in the Uterus. This pattern leads to symptoms such as menstruation decreases gratually, overweight, vagina discharge and feeling of heaviness. Patients with Phlegm in the Uterus typically exhibit slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a normal (light red) tongue.

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