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Invented in 1481 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement. Its main actions are: 1) promotes the movement of Qi and 2) releases all types of Stagnation (Qi, Blood, Phlegm, Fire, Food and Dampness).
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 Yue Ju Wan is used by TCM practitioners to fight patterns like Liver Qi Stagnation, Phlegm or Qi Stagnation. From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as low breast milk supply, menopausal syndrome or peptic ulcers for instance.
On this page, after a detailed description of each of the five ingredients in Yue Ju Wan, we review the patterns and conditions that Yue Ju Wan helps treat.
Bai Zhu is a king ingredient in Yue Ju Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
Part used: Dried rhizome
Category: Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency
Chuan Xiong is a king ingredient in Yue Ju Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
Part used: Dried rhizome
Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood
In general Chuan Xiong's main actions are as follows: "Regulates and moves the Blood. Relieves Wind-Cold and pain. Circulates the Qi in the Upper Burner, relieving headaches."
In the context of Yue Ju Wan, it is used because it helps remove Blood Stagnation and the pain typically associated with it.
Xiang Fu is a deputy ingredient in Yue Ju Wan. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.
Part used: Dried rhizome
Category: Herbs that regulate Qi
Zhi Zi is an assistant ingredient in Yue Ju Wan. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
Part used: Dried ripe fruit
Shen Qu is an assistant ingredient in Yue Ju Wan. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
Part used: This is a fermented combination of wheat flour, Artemisia annua, Xanthium, Polygonum hydropiper and other herbs.
Category: Herbs that relieve Food Stagnation
In general Shen Qu's main actions are as follows: "Assists the Stomach in removing Food Stagnation. Harmonizes the Earth element and improves digestion."
In the context of Yue Ju Wan, it is used because it helps clear food Stagnation and it harmonizes 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 Yue Ju Wan is used by TCM practitioners to treat three 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:
Low breast milk supply Menopausal syndrome Peptic ulcers Irritable bowel syndrome Chronic gastritis Biliary tract infections Gallstones Chronic hepatitis Intercostal neuralgia Migraine Globus hystericus Epilepsy Cerebral thrombosis Depression
Again it wouldn't be correct to say "Yue Ju Wan treats low breast milk supply" for instance. Rather, Yue Ju Wan is used to treat patterns that are sometimes the root cause behind low breast milk supply.
Now let's look at the three patterns commonly treated with Yue Ju Wan.
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)
Tongue color: Normal (light red)
Symptoms: Fever Anger Blister Belching Moodiness Headaches Dark face Depression Flank pain Fluctuation Breast pain Mood swings Irritability Throat lumps Breast lumps Constipation Breast eczema Breast redness Breast nodules Scanty periods Clots in blood Breast hardness Menstrual cramps Frequent sighing Breast distention Dark nipple color Thick breast milk Breast skin cracks Uneven milk supply Dark colored blood Suppressed emotions Breast pus discharge Breast skin ichiness Abdominal distension Lower abdominal pain Feeling of distension Epigastric distension Pre-menstrual tension Irregular menstruation White spots on nipples Feelings of frustration HypochondriaI distension Yellow vaginal discharge Sticky vaginal discharge Alternating fever and chills Abdominal distention and fullness Insufficient or absent lactation after childbirth Stifling sensation in the chest causing one to have deep sighs
Yue Ju Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Liver Qi Stagnation. This pattern leads to symptoms such as depression, irregular menstruation, menstrual cramps and irritability. Patients with Liver Qi Stagnation typically exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a normal (light red) tongue.
When Liver Qi does not flow smoothly or regularly, it becomes Stagnant and in Excess. This leads to Heat accumulating in the Liver. This affects not only the Liver, but other connected Organs too as well as the Seven Emotions.
Liver Qi Stagnation is not only the most seen Liver disharmony, but also... read more about Liver Qi Stagnation
Body Fluids (Jin Ye) is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Body Fluids in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Thick coating
Tongue shape: Swollen
Symptoms: Lumps Edema Nausea Oedema Nodules Fatigue Obesity Vertigo Belching Vomiting Dizziness Moodiness Overweight Bad breath Depression Watery milk Late period Heavy limbs Clear mucus Listlessness Palpitations Irritability Poor appetite Chest pressure Low metabolism Scanty periods Chest fullness Vagina discharge Breast distention Abdominal fullness Shortness of breath Sore and weak limbs Sputum in the chest Feeling of heaviness Thick tongue coating Pale menstrual blood Dizziness or vertigo Numbness in the limbs Thick menstrual blood Sticky menstrual blood Brown vaginal discharge Excessive vaginal discharge No feeling of distension of the breasts
Yue Ju Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Phlegm. This pattern leads to symptoms such as chest pressure, nausea, dizziness and feeling of heaviness. Patients with Phlegm typically exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky coating, thick coating.
Phlegm has a great importance in Chinese Medicine as it is both a condition in and of itself as well as a cause for other diseases.
Qi is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Qi in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Tight (Jin), Wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Thin white coating
Tongue color: Red sides
Symptoms: Anxiety Belching Vomiting Depression Moving pain Mood swings Acid reflux Indigestion Late period Irritability Poor appetite Scanty periods Clots in blood Abdominal pain Frequent sighing Feeling of distension Fixed pain in the hypochondria Premenstrual breast distension Mild coughing with copious sputum Premenstrual abdominal distension Stifling sensation in the chest and abdomen
Yue Ju Wan is sometimes prescribed by TCM practitioners to treat Qi Stagnation. This pattern leads to symptoms such as moving pain, depression, irritability and mood swings. Patients with Qi Stagnation typically exhibit tight (Jin) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red sides tongue with thin white coating.
If the flow of Qi is impeded in any way, it becomes stuck or stagnant. This can be likened to a traffic jam on the freeway. That's why, unlike in the cases of Qi Deficiency or Qi Sinking, tonification is contraindicated: it would be like adding more cars to the traffic jam. Instead, Qi moving or... read more about Qi Stagnation