Prepared rehmannia (Shu Di Huang) White peony roots (Bai Shao) Dong quai (Dang Gui) Szechuan lovage roots (Chuan Xiong)

Shen Qi Si Wu Tang

Chinese: 参芪四物汤

Pinyin: Cān Qí Sì Wù Tāng

Other names: Ginseng Milkvetch Four Substances Decoction

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that tonify Blood

Mother formula: Si Wu Tang

  1. Restores and nourishes Blood
  2. Stimulates Blood circulation
  3. Tonifies Qi

Contraindications: Contraindicated for treating acute, severe Blood loss or other issues of Blood... Contraindicated for treating acute, severe Blood loss or other issues of Blood Deficiency characterized by severe weakness and labored breathing. see more

Source date: 846 AD

Source book: Secret Formulas to Manage Trauma and Reconnect Fractures Received from an Immortal

Shen Qi Si Wu Tang is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) and White Peony Roots (Bai Shao) as principal ingredients.

Invented in 846 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Blood. Its main actions are: 1) restores and nourishes Blood and 2) stimulates Blood circulation.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the six ingredients in Shen Qi Si Wu Tang, we review the patterns and conditions that Shen Qi Si Wu Tang helps treat.

The six ingredients in Shen Qi Si Wu Tang

Shu Di huang is a king ingredient in Shen Qi Si Wu Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang)

Part used: Prepared dried root tuber

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: KidneyLiver

Category: Tonic herbs for Blood Deficiency

Shu Di huang has a very strong tonifying effect on the Liver and Kidneys and is said to nourish the Yin of the Blood.

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Bai Shao is a king ingredient in Shen Qi Si Wu Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

2. White Peony Roots (Bai Shao)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterSour

Meridian affinity: SpleenLiver

Category: Tonic herbs for Blood Deficiency

Bai Shao helps reduce the muscle spasms caused by Blood Deficiency and it is particularly well-suited to treat abdominal pain. Together with Prepared rehmannia (Shu Di huang)it has a strong tonifying effect on the Blood.

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Dang Gui is a deputy ingredient in Shen Qi Si Wu Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. Dong Quai (Dang Gui)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): PungentSweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenHeartLiver

Category: Tonic herbs for Blood Deficiency

In general Dang Gui's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Blood. Lubricates the Intestines. Relieve constipation. Promotes circulation and dispels Bi Pain. Reduce Dysmenorrhea and help with irregular menstruation."

In the context of Shen Qi Si Wu Tang, it is used because it enters the Liver and Heart to tonify and invigorate the Blood.

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Chuan Xiong is a deputy ingredient in Shen Qi Si Wu Tang. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

4. Szechuan Lovage Roots (Chuan Xiong)

Part used: Dried rhizome

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Pungent

Meridian affinity: GallbladderLiverPericardium

Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood

Chuan Xiong facilitates the flow of Blood through the vessels, alleviates symptoms such as headache, dizziness, blurred vision and pain.

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Ren Shen is an assistant ingredient in Shen Qi Si Wu Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

5. Ginseng (Ren Shen)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenHeartLung

Category: Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency

In general Ren Shen's main actions are as follows: "Very strongly tonifies the Qi. Tonifies the Lungs and Spleen. Assists the body in the secretion of Fluids and stops thirst. Strengthens the Heart and calms the Shen (mind/spirit)."

In the context of Shen Qi Si Wu Tang, it is used because it tonifies Qi.

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Huang Qi is an assistant ingredient in Shen Qi Si Wu Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

6. Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi)

Part used: Dried root

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenLung

Category: Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency

In general Huang Qi's main actions are as follows: "Tonifies the Wei Qi and stops perspiration. Tonifies the Spleen Qi and the Yang Qi of the Earth Element. Tonifies the Qi and Blood. Expels pus and assists in the healing of wounds. Helps to regulate water metabolism in the body and reduce edema."

In the context of Shen Qi Si Wu Tang, it is used because it tonifies Qi.

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Shen Qi Si Wu Tang is used to treat Pericardium Blood Deficiency

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

Pericardium Blood Deficiency

Shen Qi Si Wu Tang is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Pericardium Blood Deficiency. This pattern leads to symptoms such as shortness of breath, anxiety, dizziness and dream disturbed sleep. Patients with Pericardium Blood Deficiency typically exhibit choppy (Se) or fine (Xi) pulses.

Pericardium is the guard of the Heart and it is the first layer of defense to be attacked in case of any pathologic influences. Therefore, it is more sensitive than the Heart. 

The Mind resides in both the Heart and the Pericardium. When Blood Deficiency occurs in both Organs, the Mind loses its... read more about Pericardium Blood Deficiency

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