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Home > Education > Zang Fu Formulas > Liu Jun Zi Tang

Liu Jun Zi Tang

From "Zang Fu Syndromes," by McDonald and Penner

English: Six Gentlemen Decoction

Also known as: Six Major Herb Combination

Ingredients

    Latin

    Pinyin

    Dosage

    Actions

    Rx. Ginseng

     

    Ren Shen

    3-9g

    Tonifies Qi and strengthens SP / ST.

    With Bai Zhu, tonifies the transformation and transportation functions of SP.

    With Bai Zhu and Fu Ling, for SP / ST Qi Xu.

    (Rx. Codonopsis)

    (Dang Shen)

    (3-9g)

    (Substitute for Ren Shen.)

    Rz. Atractylodis Albae

    Bai Zhu 4-9g

    2-12g

    Strengthens SP and dries Damp.

    Scl. Poriae Cocos

    Fu Ling

    4-9g

    Dries Damp, strengthens SP and moderates the drying nature of Zhi Gan Cao.

    With Ban Xia, stops nausea and vomiting.

    With Ban Xia and Chen Pi, for nausea, vomiting and anorexia due to congested Fluids.

    Rx. Glycyrrhizae (fried)

    Zhi Gan Cao

    1.5-6g

    Harmonizes, warms and strengthens MJ and moderates the draining properties of Fu Ling.

    Per. Citri Reticulatae

    Chen Pi

    2.4-6g

    Circulates Qi, dries Dampness, tonifies SP and adjusts the middle.

    With Bai Zhu, for manifestations of Damp-Obstruction due to SP Xu.

    Rz. Pinelliae

    Ban Xia

    3-9g

    Dries Dampness, resolves Phlegm, harmonizes ST and stops vomiting.

    With Chen Pi, for ST Qi disharmony with epigastric and abdominal distention or pain.

    (Rz. Zingiberis)

    (Gan Jiang)

    (2-6g)

    (Warms the middle.)

    (Fr. Zizyphi Jujube)

    (Da Zao)

    (2-6g)

    (Harmonizes Ying and Wei.)

Actions

Tonifies Qi, Strengthens SP / ST, Transforms Phlegm, Dries Dampness, Stops vomiting, Circulates Qi and Harmonizes MJ.

Syndromes

    ST Qi Xu

    SP / ST Qi Xu with Phlegm-Damp Retention

Clinical Manifestations

    Nausea / vomiting

    Coughing up copious, thin, white sputum

    Sallow complexion

    Rolled lips

    Stiff tongue

    Heavy limbs

    Maybe bleeding

    Acid regurgitation

    Loose stools or diarrhea

    Thin muscles

    Does not like to speak

    Maybe enuresis

    Maybe cold extremities

    Muscle weakness in arms and legs

    Distention of chest and epigastrium

    Dyspnea

    Anorexia

    Pale lips

    Tired limbs

    Abdominal and epigastric distention after meals

    Stifling sensation in the chest and epigastrium

    Shortness of breath

    Lethargy

    Fatigue

    Weak, soft voice

    Maybe borborygmus

    Weak abdomen

    T: Pale and flabby, may have teethmarks
    C: White and greasy
    P: Soft and weak

Treats

    Indigestion

    Gastric or duodenal ulcer

    Gastroptosis

    Anemia

    Gastric cancer

    Rickets

    Gastralgia

    Chronic gastritis

    Chronic gastroenteritis

    Malnutrition - weight loss

    Toxemia during pregnancy

    Chronic peritonitis

    Nervous exhaustion

    Chronic bronchitis

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