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Jin Ling Zi San is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Sichuan Chinaberries (Chuan Lian Zi) as a principal ingredient.
Invented in 992 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement. Its main actions are: 1) moves Liver Blood and Liver Qi and 2) drains Liver Heat or Fire.
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 Jin Ling Zi San is used by TCM practitioners to fight patterns like Qi and Blood Stagnation or Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat. From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as prolonged periods, peptic ulcers or chronic gastritis for instance.
On this page, after a detailed description of each of the two ingredients in Jin Ling Zi San, we review the patterns and conditions that Jin Ling Zi San helps treat.
Chuan Lian Zi is a king ingredient in Jin Ling Zi San. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
Part used: Dried ripe fruit
Category: Herbs that regulate Qi
Chuan Lian Zi clears Heat from the chest, hypochondrium, and groin area by draining it through the urine. When the Heat has been removed, and the Fire Stagnation resolved, the Liver can once again carry out its regulating function.
Part used: Dried tuber
Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood
In general Yan Hu Suo's main actions are as follows: "Moves the Blood, breaks Blood Stagnation and reduces associated pain. Regulates Stagnant Qi and reduces associated pain."
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 Jin Ling Zi San 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:
Again it wouldn't be correct to say "Jin Ling Zi San treats prolonged periods" for instance. Rather, Jin Ling Zi San is used to treat patterns that are sometimes the root cause behind prolonged periods.
Now let's look at the two patterns commonly treated with Jin Ling Zi San.
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Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Wiry (Xian)
Tongue color: Normal (light red), Red, Red sides
Symptoms: Insomnia Moodiness Dark face Dizziness Depression Chest pain Breast pain Hot flushes Restlessness Irritability Breast lumps Restlnessness Scanty periods Clots in blood Abdominal pain Chest fullness Breast distention Abdominal fullness Dark colored blood Intense period pain High blood pressure Lower abdominal pain Dark menstrual blood Flooding and leaking Abdominal distension Pre-menstrual tension Irregular menstruation Pre-menstrual irritability Dark clots in menstrual blood Menstruation decreases gratually Feeling of fullness in the chest Abdominal distention and fullness Pain relief after clots discharge
Jin Ling Zi San is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Qi and Blood Stagnation. This pattern leads to symptoms such as lower abdominal pain, breast distention, abdominal distention and fullness and pre-menstrual tension. Patients with Qi and Blood Stagnation typically exhibit choppy (Se) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a normal (light red), red, red sides tongue.
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Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Yellow coating
Tongue color: Red
Jin Ling Zi San is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat. This pattern leads to symptoms such as intermittent epigastric pain, hernial pain, painful periods that get worse with hot food or drinks and irritability. Patients with Liver Qi Stagnation that transforms into Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.
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