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Shen Fu Tang is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) as a principal ingredient.
Invented in 1445 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that rescue devastated Yang. Its main actions are: 1) restores Yang and 2) strongly tonifies the source Qi.
On this page, after a detailed description of each of the two ingredients in Shen Fu Tang, we review the patterns and conditions that Shen Fu Tang helps treat.
Ren Shen is a king ingredient in Shen Fu Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
Part used: Dried root
Category: Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency
Zhi Fu Zi is a deputy ingredient in Shen Fu Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.
Part used: Processed daughter root
Zhi Fu Zi It is warm and it strengthens the true Yang at the Gate of Vitality (Ming Men).
Together with Ginseng, it assists the Spleen which is responsible for
food and Body Fluids' transformation to Qi. It also support Qi circulating.
The Heart is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Heart in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Knotted (Jie), Minute (Wei), Hidden (Fu)
Shen Fu Tang is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Heart Yang Collapsing. This pattern leads to symptoms such as pale complexion, coma, palpitations and shortness of breath. Patients with Heart Yang Collapsing typically exhibit knotted (Jie), minute (Wei) or hidden (Fu) pulses.
This pattern is similar to Heart Yang Deficiency, but much severe. Therefore the clinical symptoms are quite similar. The key different manifestation is the cyanosis of the lips. It is because the Blood flow are impaired due to lacking of Yang Qi's moving force.
Coma happens in rare severe cases.... read more about Heart Yang Collapsing