Limonitum (Yu Yu Liang) Red Halloysite (Chi Shi Zhi) Fluorite (Zi Shi Ying) Hematite (Dai Zhe Shi) Frankincense (Ru Xiang) Myrrh (Mo Yao) Flying squirrel faeces (Wu Ling Zhi) Cinnabar (Zhu Sha)

Chinese: 震灵丹

Pinyin: Zhèn Líng Dān

Other names: Pregnancy Panacea

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: Pelvic inflammatory diseaseDysfunctional uterine bleeding

  1. Stabilizes uterine bleeding
  2. Clears Blood Stagnation

Contraindications: Contraindicated during pregnancy or for these patients with patterns of... Contraindicated during pregnancy or for these patients with patterns of Damp-Heat or Empty Cold without Blood Stagnation. see more

Source date: 1107 AD

Source book: Formulary of the Pharmacy Service for Benefiting the People in the Taiping Era

Zhen Ling Dan is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Limonitum (Yu Yu Liang) and Red Halloysite (Chi Shi Zhi) as principal ingredients.

Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge. Its main actions are: 1) stabilizes uterine bleeding and 2) clears Blood Stagnation .

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.

From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as dysfunctional uterine bleeding or pelvic inflammatory disease for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the eight ingredients in Zhen Ling Dan, we review the patterns and conditions that Zhen Ling Dan helps treat.

The eight ingredients in Zhen Ling Dan

Yu Yu Liang is a king ingredient in Zhen Ling Dan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Limonitum (Yu Yu Liang)

Part used: The mineral

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): PungentSweet

Meridian affinity: StomachLarge intestine

Category: Herbs that stabilize and bind

In general Yu Yu Liang's main actions are as follows: "Astringes the intestines and stop diarrhea. Stop bleeding. "

In the context of Zhen Ling Dan, it is used because it astringent and excels at stopping bleeding and discharge.

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Chi Shi Zhi is a king ingredient in Zhen Ling Dan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

2. Red Halloysite (Chi Shi Zhi)

Part used: The mineral

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): PungentSourSweet

Meridian affinity: StomachLarge intestine

Category: Herbs that stabilize and bind

In general Chi Shi Zhi's main actions are as follows: "Astringe the Large Intestine. Stop bleeding. Promote tissue regeneration and wound healing. "

In the context of Zhen Ling Dan, it is used because it astringent and excels at stopping bleeding and discharge.

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Zi Shi Ying is a deputy ingredient in Zhen Ling Dan. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. Fluorite (Zi Shi Ying)

Part used: The mineral

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: HeartKidneyLung

Category: Herbs that anchor and calm the Spirit

Zi Shi Ying warms the Uterus, settles the Heart, and calms the
Mind.  It also support the key ingredients by warming the Uterus and stabilizing the Lower Burner.

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Dai Zhe Shi is a deputy ingredient in Zhen Ling Dan. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

4. Hematite (Dai Zhe Shi)

Part used: The mineral

Nature: Cold

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: StomachHeartLiverPericardium

Category: Herbs that anchor and calm the Spirit

Dai Zhe Shi enters the Liver, directs Rebellious Qi down, and stops bleeding.  It also support the key ingredients by warming the Uterus and stabilizing the Lower Burner.

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Ru Xiang is an assistant ingredient in Zhen Ling Dan. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

5. Frankincense (Ru Xiang)

Part used: An aromatic resin obtained from boswellia trees

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: SpleenHeartLiver

Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood

Ru Xiang is acrid and warming. Thus it invigorates the Blood and transforming Stagnation. It also regulates the Qi and
alleviate pain.

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Mo Yao is an assistant ingredient in Zhen Ling Dan. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

6. Myrrh (Mo Yao)

Part used: Dried resin of the tree

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Bitter

Meridian affinity: SpleenHeartLiver

Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood

Mo Yao is acrid and warming. Thus it invigorates the Blood and transforming Stagnation. It also regulates the Qi and
alleviate pain.

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Wu Ling Zhi is an assistant ingredient in Zhen Ling Dan. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

7. Flying Squirrel Faeces (Wu Ling Zhi)

Part used: Dried faeces

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: SpleenLiver

Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood

Wu Ling Zhi is acrid and warming. Thus it invigorates the Blood and transforming Stagnation. It also regulates the Qi and
alleviate pain.

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Zhu Sha is an assistant ingredient in Zhen Ling Dan. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

8. Cinnabar (Zhu Sha)

Part used: The mineral itself

Nature: Cool

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: Heart

Category: Herbs that anchor and calm the Spirit

In general Zhu Sha's main actions are as follows: "Calms the spirit and Heart. Stops convulsions. Clears Heat and toxins."

In the context of Zhen Ling Dan, it is used because it calms the Mind, which is often disturbed by the bleeding and pain.

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