Si Wu Tang: The Combination Tea that Help Boost Life Force

By Jaseng Center for Alternative Medicine

According to Oriental medicine, a mixture of herbs is believed to be more efficacious than using a single herb. For this reason, compound natural remedies are widely prescribed by OMDs. An example of a perfect combination of herbs is Si Wu Tang.

People suffering from frequently numb hands and feet and constant fatigue can turn to the herb called Bai Shao. This herbal remedy works wonders for anemia sufferers - those lacking red blood cells or hemoglobin and anyone with symptoms typical of this disorder, such as irregular menstruation, paleness, and bloodless fingertips and toes. It also helps relieve ringing in the ears, stomach disorders like gastric hyperacidity, chronic stomachache, duodenal ulcers and chronic constipation.

According to the principles of Oriental medicine, this sour tasting herb is "cold" in character and acts to "cool" the blood, or stimulate it to move more smoothly through the body. Because of this, it is widely prescribed for those suffering from blood disorders. It is also believed to intensify blood pressure and help relieve a chronic cough and asthma.

Doctors of Oriental medicine (OMDs) often combine Bai Shao with the following three herbs: Shu Di Huang, Dang Gui, and Chuan Xiong. This combination creates a complex and tremendously powerful Oriental remedy which, when taken as a tea, is called Si Wu Tang, which simply means "tea of four different ingredients." Si Wu Tang is a representative Oriental medicine that OMDs strongly recommend patients to take as a general curative.

Shu Di Huang, a sweet-tasting herb, is the most important of the four ingredients of Si Wu Tang. It purifies the blood and regulates the nervous system. Dang Gui is a terrific cleanser of the blood and the intestines. Chuan Xiong, like Bai Shao, helps the blood to flow smoothly through the body.

These four herbs make a harmonious blend in character and taste. From an Oriental medical point of view they are essential in keeping the body in balance because they provide nutrients people often lack, acting not only as medicine, but also nutritional supplement.

To make Si Wu Tang, combine 2 and 1/2 grams of each of the four herbs and boil them for about half an hour in 2 liters of water.

OMDs recommend drinking this tea as often as possible every day, or at least whenever you feel thirsty. This tea is especially effective in the summer because it truly relieves thirst, thoroughly rehydrating the body without the toxins that sugary soft drinks impart.

Enthusiastic tea drinkers need to be cautious of Shu Di Huang and Bai Shao, however, because their cool nature can cause stomachache and diarrhea if taken in excess. It would be wise, therefore, to halve the intake of these herbs at the start if you are prone to these problems.

Following this logic, you might want to add ginseng. This root warms up the body and boosts the "Qi," or life force, of your Si Wu Tang.

By Jaseng Center for Alternative Medicine.

Jaseng Center for Alternative Medicine is one of the largest integrative medical facility with 10 medical practitioners and it is a branch medical office of Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine, which is the largest oriental medical hospital specializing in non surgical treatment of spine and joint condition. Please visit our website for more info at or

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