Carpesium fruits (He Shi) Areca nuts (Bing Lang) Chinaberry root barks (Ku Lian Pi) Minium  (Qian Dan)

Chinese: 化虫丸

Pinyin: Huà Chóng Wán

Other names: Dissolve Parasites Pill

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that expel parasites

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: TapewormPinwormsRoundworm and two other conditions

Main actions: Kills intestinal parasites

Contraindications: This formula contains a high level of toxic substances that can harm various... This formula contains a high level of toxic substances that can harm various tissues, particularly the neurological and hematological systems. Therefore, it should not be used by pregnant women, nor should it be taken for an extended period of time or in higher dosages than prescribed. It may be modified for use in children. In any case, it is important to harmonize and tonify the Spleen and Stomach after the parasites have been expelled. see more

Source date: 1148 AD

Source book: Formulary of the Pharmacy Service for Benefiting the People in the Taiping Era

Hua Chong Wan is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Carpesium Fruits (He Shi) as a principal ingredient.

Invented in 1148 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that expel parasites. Its main action is that it kills intestinal parasites.

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 roundworm, ascariasis or tapeworm for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the five ingredients in Hua Chong Wan, we review the patterns and conditions that Hua Chong Wan helps treat.

The five ingredients in Hua Chong Wan

He Shi is a king ingredient in Hua Chong Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Carpesium Fruits (He Shi)

Part used: The fruits or seeds

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomach

Category: Herbs that expel parasites

In general He Shi's main actions are as follows: "Kills parasites and alleviates pain. "

In the context of Hua Chong Wan, it is used because it is an important herb for expelling many types of parasites, especially roundworms.

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Bing Lang is a deputy ingredient in Hua Chong Wan. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

2. Areca Nuts (Bing Lang)

Part used: Dried ripe seed

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: Large intestineStomach

Category: Herbs that expel parasites

Bing Lang kills tapeworms and fasciolopsis. It also also has a downward-draining effect, which is helpful in expelling intestinal parasites.

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Ku Lian Pi is a deputy ingredient in Hua Chong Wan. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. Chinaberry Root Barks (Ku Lian Pi)

Part used: The root bark

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomachLiver

Category: Herbs that expel parasites

In general Ku Lian Pi's main actions are as follows: "Kills parasites in the Intestines. Used topically for tinea and trichomonas vaginitis. "

In the context of Hua Chong Wan, it is used because it kills roundworms and pinworms.

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Qian Dan is a deputy ingredient in Hua Chong Wan. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

4. Minium (Qian Dan)

Part used: The mineral

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenHeartLung

Category: Herbs for external application

Qian Dan kills many types of intestinal parasites. However, it should not be used long term as it is extremely toxic.

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Ming Fan is an assistant ingredient in Hua Chong Wan. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

5. Alum (Ming Fan)

Part used: The mineral

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): PungentSour

Meridian affinity: SpleenLarge intestineLiverLung

Category: Herbs for external application

In general Ming Fan's main actions are as follows: "Stops itching, relieves Damp-Heat inflammation and kills parasites. Stops blood in stools and urine as well as all types of bleeding if used topically. Relieves diarrhea. Clears Heat and relieves Wind-Phlegm. "

In the context of Hua Chong Wan, it is used because it resolves toxicity, dries Dampness, and helps eliminate the parasites.

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