Lesser galangal rhizomes (Gao Liang Jiang) Coco-grass rhizomes (Xiang Fu)

Liang Fu Wan

Chinese: 良附丸

Pinyin: Liáng Fù Wán

Other names: Galangal and Cyperus Pill, Alpinia–Cyperus Pill

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that promote Qi movement

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: DysmenorrheaPeptic ulcersChronic gastritis

  1. Warms the Middle Burner
  2. Dispels Cold
  3. Promotes the movement of Qi
  4. Alleviates Pain

Contraindications: Contraindicated in patients with Heat in the Liver and Stomach, or where there... Contraindicated in patients with Heat in the Liver and Stomach, or where there is bleeding. The formula is also contraindicated during pregnancy as it enters the Liver, Stomach, and eight Extraordinary Vessels where its strong Qi-moving properties may induce miscarriage. see more

Source date: 1842 AD

Source book: Small Collection of Fine Formulas

Liang Fu Wan is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Lesser Galangal Rhizomes (Gao Liang jiang) and Coco-Grass Rhizomes (Xiang Fu) as principal ingredients.

Invented in 1842 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement. Its main actions are: 1) warms the Middle Burner and 2) dispels Cold.

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 Liang Fu Wan is used by TCM practitioners to fight patterns like Cold invading the Stomach. From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers or dysmenorrhea for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the two ingredients in Liang Fu Wan, we review the patterns and conditions that Liang Fu Wan helps treat.

The two ingredients in Liang Fu Wan

Gao Liang jiang is a king ingredient in Liang Fu Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Lesser Galangal Rhizomes (Gao Liang jiang)

Part used: Dried root and rhizome

Nature: Hot

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenStomach

Category: Herbs that warm the Interior and/or expel Cold

In general Gao Liang jiang's main actions are as follows: "For any conditions of Cold in the Middle Burner where there are symptoms such as pain in the abdominal region, vomiting, diarrhea and chronic inflammation in the digestive tract caused by Cold."

In the context of Liang Fu Wan, it is used because it enters the Stomach, warms the middle, disperses cold, and stops pain.

Learn more about Lesser Galangal Rhizomes (Gao Liang jiang)

Xiang Fu is a king ingredient in Liang Fu Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

2. Coco-Grass Rhizomes (Xiang Fu)

Part used: Dried rhizome

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterPungentSweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenLiverSanjiao

Category: Herbs that regulate Qi

Xiang Fu enters the Qi aspect of the Liver and the Triple Burner channel to regulate their Qi, thereby unblocking the movement of Qi in all of the twelve primary and eight extra Channels. It also excels at relieving Stagnation.

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Liang Fu Wan is used to treat Cold invading the Stomach

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 Liang Fu Wan is mostly used to treat the pattern "Cold invading the Stomach" which we describe below.

But before we delve into Cold invading the Stomach here is an overview of the Western conditions it is commonly associated with:

Chronic gastritis Peptic ulcers Dysmenorrhea

Again it wouldn't be correct to say "Liang Fu Wan treats chronic gastritis" for instance. Rather, Liang Fu Wan is used to treat Cold invading the Stomach, which is sometimes the root cause behind chronic gastritis.

Now let's look at Cold invading the Stomach, a pattern that TCM practitioners commonly treat with Liang Fu Wan.

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

Cold invading the Stomach

Liang Fu Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Cold invading the Stomach. This pattern leads to symptoms such as severe epigastric pain, feeling of cold, cold limbs and preference for warm drinks and foods. Patients with Cold invading the Stomach typically exhibit deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or tight (Jin) pulses.

Pathogenic Cold blocks the Stomach and prevents Stomach-Qi from descending, hence the vomiting and the pain.

Cold impairs the Yang of the Stomach and Spleen and prevents the food essences from reaching the body, hence the feeling of cold, the Slow pulse, the preference for warm liquids and... read more about Cold invading the Stomach

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