Honeysuckle flowers (Jin Yin Hua)  Tokyo violets (Zi Hua Di Ding) Semiaquilegia root tubers (Tian Kui Zi) Dandelions (Pu Gong Ying)

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Chinese: 五味消毒饮

Pinyin: Wǔ Wèi Xiāo Dú Yǐn

Other names: Five-Ingredient Drink to Eliminate Toxin

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that clear external abscesses and sores

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: MastitisCarbunclesErysipelas and nine other conditions

  1. Clears Heat
  2. Resolves Toxicity
  3. Cools the Blood
  4. Reduces swelling

Contraindications: Contraindicated for Yin-type boils. Use with caution when the patient... Contraindicated for Yin-type boils. Use with caution when the patient suffers from Spleen Deficiency. see more

Source date: 1742 AD

Source book: Golden Mirror of the Medical Tradition

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua) as a principal ingredient.

Invented in 1742 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear external abscesses and sores. Its main actions are: 1) clears Heat and 2) resolves Toxicity.

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 Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin is used by TCM practitioners to fight patterns like Toxic Heat. From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as abnormal vaginal discharge, multiple furuncles or carbuncles for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the five ingredients in Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, we review the patterns and conditions that Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin helps treat.

The five ingredients in Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Jin Yin Hua is a king ingredient in Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua)

Part used: Dried flower bud

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: StomachHeartLung

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity

Jin Yin Hua clears Heat and resolves Toxicity from both the Qi and Blood levels. It also resolves swellings. It is sweet and thus has the particular advantage of not damaging the Stomach during the treatment.

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Zi Hua Di Ding is a deputy ingredient in Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

2. Tokyo Violets (Zi Hua Di Ding)

Part used: Dried herb

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: HeartLiver

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity

Zi Hua Di Ding has a comparatively strong ability to resolve Toxicity, cooling the Blood, reducing swellings and dispersing clumps. It is often used to treat various types of purulent lesions.

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Tian Kui Zi is a deputy ingredient in Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. Semiaquilegia Root Tubers (Tian Kui Zi)

Part used: Dried root tuber

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: KidneyLiver

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity

In general Tian Kui Zi's main actions are as follows: "Clears Heat, resolves toxicity, reduces swelling and disperses Stagnation"

In the context of Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, it is used because it resolves Toxicity, cools the Blood, reduces swellings and disperses clumps.

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Pu Gong Ying is a deputy ingredient in Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

4. Dandelions (Pu Gong Ying)

Part used: The whole plant, dried

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: StomachLiver

Category: Herbs that clear Heat and relieve Toxicity

In general Pu Gong Ying's main actions are as follows: "Expels Heat and Fire toxicity. Dispels Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner. Increases lactation. Treats all kinds of inflammations."

In the context of Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, it is used because it resolves Toxicity, cools the Blood, reduces swellings and disperses clumps.

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Ju Hua is a deputy ingredient in Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

5. Chrysanthemum Flowers (Ju Hua)

Part used: Dried capitulum

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: LiverLung

Category: Cool/Acrid herbs that release the Exterior

In general Ju Hua's main actions are as follows: "Relieves the Exterior and clears Heat. Relieves Wind-Heat from the Liver channel and clears the eyes. Cools Heat of the Liver and Kidney due to Yin Deficiency. Relieves patterns of Liver Yang rising."

In the context of Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, it is used because it resolves Toxicity, cools the Blood, reduces swellings and disperses clumps.

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Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin is used to treat Toxic Heat

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 Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin is mostly used to treat the pattern "Toxic Heat" which we describe below.

But before we delve into Toxic Heat here is an overview of the Western conditions it is commonly associated with:

Abnormal vaginal discharge Multiple furuncles Carbuncles Erysipelas Cellulitis Mastitis Appendicitis Conjunctivitis Bartholinitis Urinary tract infection Acute pyelonephritis Acute hepatitis

Again it wouldn't be correct to say "Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin treats abnormal vaginal discharge" for instance. Rather, Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin is used to treat Toxic Heat, which is sometimes the root cause behind abnormal vaginal discharge.

Now let's look at Toxic Heat, a pattern that TCM practitioners commonly treat with Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin.

'Heat' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Heat pattern in Chinese Medicine

Toxic Heat

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Toxic Heat. This pattern leads to symptoms such as boils, carbuncles, erythema and swellings. Patients with Toxic Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

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