Human placentas (Zi He Che) Tortoise plastrons (Gui Ban) Poria-cocos mushrooms (Fu Ling) Amomum fruits (Sha Ren) Phellodendron bark (Huang Bo) Prepared rehmannia (Shu Di Huang) Codonopsis roots (Dang Shen) Eucommia bark (Du Zhong)

He Che Da Zao Wan

Chinese: 河车大造丸

Pinyin: Hé Chē Dà Zào Wán

Other names: Placenta Great Fortifying Pill

Number of ingredients: 11 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that tonify Yin and Yang

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: Early menstruationScanty menstruationAbsence of menstruation

  1. Tonifies the Kidneys
  2. Strengthens the Directing and Penetrating Vessels
  3. Regulates the periods

He Che Da Zao Wan is a 11-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Human Placentas (Zi He Che) as a principal ingredient.

It belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Yin and Yang. Its main actions are: 1) tonifies the Kidneys and 2) strengthens the Directing and Penetrating Vessels.

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 He Che Da Zao Wan is used by TCM practitioners to fight patterns like Spleen or Kidney Qi Deficiency, Kidney-Deficiency or Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency. From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as early menstruation, scanty menstruation or absence of menstruation for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the eleven ingredients in He Che Da Zao Wan, we review the patterns and conditions that He Che Da Zao Wan helps treat.

The eleven ingredients in He Che Da Zao Wan

Zi He Che is a king ingredient in He Che Da Zao Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Human Placentas (Zi He Che)

Part used: Dried placenta of a healthy women

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): SaltySweet

Meridian affinity: HeartKidneyLiverLung

Category: Tonic herbs for Yang Deficiency

In general Zi He Che's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys and assists the Essence. Tonifies the Qi and Blood."

In the context of He Che Da Zao Wan, it is used because it nourishes the Directing and Penetrating Vessels.

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2. Tortoise Plastrons (Gui Ban)

Part used: Carapace and plastron

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): SaltySweet

Meridian affinity: HeartKidneyLiver

Category: Tonic herbs for Yin Deficiency

In general Gui Ban's main actions are as follows: "Nourishes the Yin and holds down the Yang. Strengthens the Kidneys and strengthens the bones. Cools the Blood, stops uterine bleeding. Nourishes the Heart. Promotes Healing."

In the context of He Che Da Zao Wan, it is used because it nourishes the Directing and Penetrating Vessels.

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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 He Che Da Zao Wan, it is used because it resolves Dampness.

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4. Amomum Fruits (Sha Ren)

Part used: Dried ripe fruit

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomachKidney

Category: Aromatic herbs that transform Dampness

In general Sha Ren's main actions are as follows: "Warms the Spleen and transforms Dampness. Promotes the movement of Qi for Damp and Stagnant conditions of the Stomach and Spleen. Settles a restless fetus and stops morning sickness. Prevents cloying and Stagnation sometimes caused by tonifying herbs."

In the context of He Che Da Zao Wan, it is used because it resolves Dampness.

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5. Phellodendron Bark (Huang Bo)

Part used: Dried bark

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: BladderKidneyLarge intestine

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and dry Dampness

In general Huang Bo's main actions are as follows: "Expels Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner. Clears Kidney Yin Deficient Heat. Applied externally or toxic Fire, especially associated with Dampness."

In the context of He Che Da Zao Wan, it is used because it resolves Dampness.

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6. Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang)

Part used: Prepared dried root tuber

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: KidneyLiver

Category: Tonic herbs for Blood Deficiency

In general Shu Di huang's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Blood. Tonifies the Yin of the Kidneys."

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7. Codonopsis Roots (Dang Shen)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenLung

Category: Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency

In general Dang Shen's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Spleen and Lung Qi. Assists in the secretion of Bodily Fluids."

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8. Eucommia Bark (Du Zhong)

Part used: Dried stem bark

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: KidneyLiver

Category: Tonic herbs for Yang Deficiency

In general Du Zhong's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys. Calms ascendant Liver Yang (hypertension/high blood pressure). Calms a restless fetus."

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9. Achyranthes Roots (Niu Xi)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterSour

Meridian affinity: KidneyLiver

Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood

In general Niu Xi's main actions are as follows: "Moves Blood and relieves pain in the raw state. Tonic to the Liver and Kidneys and strengthens the bones and sinews. Reduces Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner. Regulates the flow of reckless Blood caused by either ascendant Liver Yang or Yin Deficient Fire."

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10. Chinese Asparagus Tubers (Tian Men Dong)

Part used: The dry tuber

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: KidneyLung

Category: Tonic herbs for Yin Deficiency

In general Tian Men Dong's main actions are as follows: "Nourishes Yin of the Lungs and Kidneys. Expectorates Phlegm."

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11. Dwarf Lilyturf Roots (Mai Dong)

Part used: Dried root tuber

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: StomachHeartLung

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."

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Conditions and patterns for which He Che Da Zao 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 He Che Da Zao Wan is used by TCM practitioners to treat four 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:

Early menstruation Scanty menstruation Absence of menstruation

Again it wouldn't be correct to say "He Che Da Zao Wan treats early menstruation" for instance. Rather, He Che Da Zao Wan is used to treat patterns that are sometimes the root cause behind early menstruation.

Now let's look at the four patterns commonly treated with He Che Da Zao Wan.

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

Spleen or Kidney Qi Deficiency

He Che Da Zao Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Spleen or Kidney Qi Deficiency. This pattern leads to symptoms such as early periods, pale menstrual blood, lower back pain and dizziness. Patients with Spleen or Kidney Qi Deficiency typically exhibit deep (Chen) or weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

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

Kidney-Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Weak (Ruo)

Tongue color: Pale

Symptoms: Tinnitus Back pain Knee pain Dizziness Sore back Scanty periods Frequent urination Pale menstrual blood

He Che Da Zao Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Kidney-Deficiency. This pattern leads to symptoms such as scanty periods, pale menstrual blood, back pain and knee pain. Patients with Kidney-Deficiency typically exhibit deep (Chen) or weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

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

Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency

He Che Da Zao Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency. This pattern leads to symptoms such as no menstruation by 18, lower back pain, fatigue and knee pain. Patients with Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency typically exhibit deep (Chen) or weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

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

Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency

He Che Da Zao Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency. This pattern leads to symptoms such as soreness and weakness in the lower back, lightheadedness, vertigo and tinnitus. Patients with Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a red tongue with partial absence of coating.

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