Scallions (Cong Bai) Fermented soybeans (Dan Dou Chi) Dwarf lilyturf roots (Mai Dong) Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang)

Chinese: 葱白七味饮

Pinyin: Cōng Bái Qī Wèi Yǐn

Other names: Scallion Drink with Seven Ingredients

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that clear Exterior disorders with Interior deficiency

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: Common coldPostpartum common coldPerimenstrual common cold

  1. Nourishes the Blood
  2. Release the Exterior

Contraindications: Only the slightest amount of sweating is desirable. Pronounced sweating will... Only the slightest amount of sweating is desirable. Pronounced sweating will aggravate the condition. For this reason, the source texts advises to administer the decoction very slowly and only after it has been determined that the patient is definitely not sweating. see more

Source date: 752 AD

Source book: Arcane Essentials from the Imperial Library

Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Scallions (Cong Bai) and Fermented Soybeans (Dan Dou Chi) as principal ingredients.

Invented in 752 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Exterior disorders with Interior deficiency. Its main actions are: 1) nourishes the Blood and 2) release the Exterior .

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.

From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as common cold, postpartum common cold or perimenstrual common cold for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the six ingredients in Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin, we review the patterns and conditions that Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin helps treat.

The six ingredients in Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin

Cong Bai is a king ingredient in Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Scallions (Cong Bai)

Part used: Bulb

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: LungStomach

Category: Warm/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

In general Cong Bai's main actions are as follows: "Relieves the Exterior and disperses Wind-Cold through sweating. Vitalizes the Yang Qi and disperses Cold. Removes toxicity of swellings."

In the context of Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin, it is used because it induces sweating and releases from the Exterior.

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Dan Dou Chi is a king ingredient in Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

2. Fermented Soybeans (Dan Dou Chi)

Part used: Fermented preparation obtain from the ripe bean

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: LungStomach

Category: Cool/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

In general Dan Dou Chi's main actions are as follows: "Relieves the Exterior and scatters Wind, Cold and Heat, especially when there is Yin Deficiency. Relieves stuffy sensation in the chest and irritability."

In the context of Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin, it is used because it induces sweating and releases from the Exterior.

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Mai Dong is a deputy ingredient in Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. Dwarf Lilyturf Roots (Mai Dong)

Part used: Dried root tuber

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: HeartLungStomach

Category: Tonic herbs for Yin Deficiency

In general Mai Dong's main actions are as follows: "Replenishes Yin Essence and promotes secretions. Lubricates and nourishes the Stomach. Soothes the Lung. Nourishes the Heart."

In the context of Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin, it is used because it nourishes the Blood and Yin, so as to supply Body Fluids, which is the source of sweating.

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Di Huang is a deputy ingredient in Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

4. Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang)

Part used: Prepared dried root tuber

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: HeartKidneyLiver

Category: Herbs that cool the Blood

In general Di Huang's main actions are as follows: "Expels Heat by Cooling Blood. Tonifies Yin by promoting Fluid production. Soothes the Heart by calming Blazing Fire. Cools and nourishes."

In the context of Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin, it is used because it nourishes the Blood and Yin, so as to supply Body Fluids, which is the source of sweating.

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Ge Gen is an assistant ingredient in Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

5. Kudzu Roots (Ge Gen)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): PungentSweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomach

Category: Cool/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

In general Ge Gen's main actions are as follows: "Relieves muscle tension especially in the neck and shoulders. Relieves the Exterior and scatters Wind. Supports the Fluids and eases thirst. Assists in the expression of measles. Relieves diarrhea. Relieves hypertension."

In the context of Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin, it is used because it induces sweating and releases the Exterior.

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Sheng Jiang is an assistant ingredient in Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

6. Fresh Ginger (Sheng Jiang)

Part used: Fresh root

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: LungSpleenStomach

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 Cong Bai Qi Wei Yin, it is used because it release pathogens from the Exterior.

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