Dichroa roots (Chang Shan) Areca nuts (Bing Lang) Tsaoko fruits (Cao Guo) Houpu Magnolia bark (Hou Pu)

Chinese: 截疟七宝饮

Pinyin: Jié Nüè Qī Bǎo Yǐn

Other names: Seven-Treasure Drink to Check Malarial Disorders

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that vent membrane source

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: Malaria

  1. Regulates Cold and Heat
  2. Harmonizes the Stomach
  3. Directs rebellious Qi downward

Contraindications: Dichroae root is toxic and should be used with caution. It is toxic if the... Dichroae root is toxic and should be used with caution. It is toxic if the dosage is between 15-75g. Preparation of the formula according to the instructions provided will help reduce side effects. This formula is not indicated for Deficient or chronic conditions. see more

Source date: 1107

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

Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Dichroa Roots (Chang Shan) as a principal ingredient.

Invented in 1107, it belongs to the category of formulas that vent membrane source. Its main actions are: 1) regulates Cold and Heat and 2) harmonizes the Stomach.

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 malaria for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the seven ingredients in Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin, we review the patterns and conditions that Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin helps treat.

The seven ingredients in Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin

Chang Shan is a king ingredient in Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Dichroa Roots (Chang Shan)

Part used: Dry root

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: HeartLiverLung

Category: Herbs that drain Dampness

Chang Shan is specialized in checking malarial disorders but also expels Phlegm and removes Stagnation in the interior. This herb is bitter, acrid, cold, and toxic.

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Bing Lang is a deputy ingredient in Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin. 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 promotes the descent of Qi as well as urination. The combination of Areca nut and Tsaoko fruit has a long history in treating malarial disorders.

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Cao Guo is a deputy ingredient in Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. Tsaoko Fruits (Cao Guo)

Part used: Dried ripe fruit

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomach

Category: Aromatic herbs that transform Dampness

Cao Guo is acrid and warming to strongly dry Dampness. It also strengthens the Spleen Yang and facilitates the venting of
lurking malarial pathogens to the Exterior.  The combination of Areca nut and Tsaoko fruit has a long history in treating malarial disorders.

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Hou Pu is an assistant ingredient in Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

4. Houpu Magnolia Bark (Hou Pu)

Part used: Dried stem bark, root bark or branch bark

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: LungSpleenStomach

Category: Aromatic herbs that transform Dampness

Hou Pu is a  Qi-moving herb that transforms Dampness. Houpu Magnolia bark is acrid, warming, and aromatic.

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Qing Pi is an assistant ingredient in Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

5. Green Tangerine Peel (Qing Pi)

Part used: Dried pericarp of the young or immature fruits

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: GallbladderStomachLiver

Category: Herbs that regulate Qi

In general Qing Pi's main actions are as follows: "Smooths the flow of Liver Qi and releases Stagnation. Reduces Food Stagnation. Dries Damp and reduces Phlegm."

In the context of Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin, it is used because it is bitter and warming that breaks up the Qi Stagnation.

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Chen Pi is an assistant ingredient in Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

6. Tangerine Peel (Chen Pi)

Part used: Dried pericarp of the ripe fruit

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: LungSpleen

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 Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin, it is used because it regulates the Spleen and moves the Qi.

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Gan Cao is an envoy ingredient in Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin. This means that it directs the formula towards certain area of the body and/or harmonizes the actions of other ingredients.

7. Liquorice (Gan Cao)

Part used: Dried root and rhizome

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: HeartLungSpleenStomach

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 Jie Nue Qi Bao Yin, it is used because it plays a role of harmonizing the action of the whole formula while tonifying the Stomach and Spleen.

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