Theory

Shu Di Huang Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Shu Di Huang Names

  • English Name: Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root
  • Pinyin Name: Shu Di Huang

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Shu Di Huang Clinical Usages and Indications

  • This is the root of Sheng Di Huang (steamed and dried, or soaked in red wine and dried).
  • Tonify blood for blood deficiency with dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding, post partum bleeding.
  • Nourish yin - kidney yin deficiency with nightsweats, xiao ke, steaming bone disorder, nocturnal emissions.


Shu Di Huang Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 9-30g
  • Charred if used to stop bleeding.




Shu Di Huang Appears In 21 Formulas

An Shen Bu Xin Wan

Ba Zhen Wan

  • Eight Treasure Combination
    • For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident
    • For frequent heavy menstrual cycles
    • Pale complexion, fatigue, dizziness from qi deficiency
    • Vertigo, palpitations, anxiety from blood deficiency
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
    • Do not confuse with Ba Zheng Wan - which is a clearing formula.

Bai He Gu Jin Wan

  • Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal
    • General yin deficiency signs may present as night sweats, heat in the soles and palms, and flusing.
    • Cough/wheezing, possible blood in the sputum, dry and sore throat may present from lung yin and qi deficiency.
    • Useful for treating people who quit smoking or those with acute smoke exposure.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness

Da Bu Yin Wan

  • Great Tonify the Yin Pill
    • Steaming bone syndrome - sensation of intense heat, malar flushing, spontaneous sweating.
    • Palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, hot flashes, from kidney/heart yin deficiency.
    • Tinnitus, possible vertigo, irritability, restlessness from liver fire rising.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
  • Do not use if patient presents with flu or cold symptoms.

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

  • Solitary Hermit Teapills
    • For chronic pain due to obstruction (bi zheng) with liver and kidney deficiency.
    • For lower back pain often with weakness and/or pain in the knees.
    • For arthritis, especially the type affected by cold/damp weather.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Dispel Wind-Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Do not use with patients that present with damp heat or excess heat.

Er Long Zuo Ci Wan

  • Deafness Left Supporting Pills
    • Ringing in the ears/tinnitus.
    • Unblocks the ears - useful for diminished hearing or temporary hearing loss.
    • Red/dry eyes with blurry vision.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Geng Nian An Wan

  • Peaceful Menopause
    • Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, restlessness and anxiety as a result of yin deficiency.  
    • Can be used for other yin deficient symtpoms such as tinnitus, dry skin, and lightheadedness.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Do not use if patient presents with true heat or exterior heat.

Gu Ben Wan

  • Replenish the Root Teapills
    • Dryness from yin deficiency - dry skin, dry eyes, dry cough, dry stools/constipation.
    • Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, possible anxiety.
    • Other yin deficient symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Use with caution with patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

Jiao Ai Wan

  • Ass-Hide Gelatin and Mugwort Formula
    • Uterine bleeding/spotting.
    • Abdominal/Uterine/Ovarian cramping.
    • Irregular menstruation, history of miscarriage - due to spleen failing to regulate the blood.
  • Stop Bleeding
  • Tonify and Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of beng lou (flooding and spotting) when caused by heat or accompanied with strong heat signs.

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

  • Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia
    • Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidney and liver yin deficiency.
    • Insomnia especially with night sweats, hot flashes, irritibility.
    • Spontaneous/nocturnal emissions. 
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

Ming Mu Di Huang Wan

  • Rehmannia Pills to Brighten the Eyes
    • Blurry vision, floaters, possibly with dryness of the eyes as a result of the liver yin failing to nourish the eyes and kidney yin failing to brighten the vision.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Nuan Gong Yun Zi Wan

  • Warm Uterus & Conception Pills
    • Infertility, history of miscarriage due to blood deficiency and/or cold in the lower jiao from kidney yang deficiency.
    • Irregular menstruation.
    • Lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, uterine and/or ovarian pain.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Warm the Menses and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution for pregnancy.

Qi Ju Di Huang Wan

  • Lycii Chrysanthemum Teapills
    • Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night sweats, hot flashes, heat in the soles and dryness.
    • Blurry vision, possibly with dry eyes.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin

Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

  • Nourish Qi & Blood Pills
    • Fatigue, lethargy, sensation of feeling heavy or cold.
    • Low appetite, bloating, borborygmus, loose bowels.
    • Impotence, infertility, low libedo.
    • Insomnia, night sweats, vivid dreams, nightmares.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Qian Lie Shu Wan

  • Prostate Comfort Pills
    • Frequent and/or urgent urination, dribbling, incontinence. 
    • Treats Lin Syndrome conditions.
  • Stabilize and Bind
  • Stabilize the Kidneys
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution if patient presents with UTI.

Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan

  • Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi
    • Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calms the spirit - generally used for weakness from longer term or deep diseases such as cancer and for a host of other conditions affecting a broad range of the body and psyche such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Scleroderma, MCTD.
    • Anemia.
    • May be used alone or in conjunction with a formula such as yu ping feng wan to enhance immunity - particularly in patients with frequent colds and flus.
    • Raynaud's condition in addition to the other connective tissue issues listed above.
    • Micturition syncope, nephritis, cancers of the genitourinary tract.
    • Male infertility, possibly with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, for sperm volume and motility issues.
    • Along with other immune benefits, hepatitis C.
    • Lung cancer.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution or seek an alternative in deficiency cases with very pronounced sensations of coldness.  Part of this is due to the relatively neutral (i.e. non warming) aspects of this formula.

Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

Si Wu Tang Wan

  • Four Substances Pills
    • The primary base formula for tonifying the blood and regulating menstruation in Chinese Medicine terms - irregular cycles, amenorrhea or long cycles.
    • Postpartum issues such as uterine bleeding when arising from blood deficiency.
    • General blood deficiency symptoms - dry skin, dry eyes, dry hair, anemia, calf cramping.  Certain version of dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin conditions - diabetic ulcers, etc.
    • With the right underlying factors threatened miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy.
    • Fertility issues, endometriosis.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during the early phases of a cold or flu.

You Gui Wan

  • Restore the Right Kidney Pill
    • Cold extremities, fatigue, weak/aching low back, knees, waist, aversion to cold, loose stools - due to kindney yang deficiency.
    • Impotence, infertility, low libedo, low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology.
    • Incontinence or other urinary issues (frequent, difficult to restrain), enlarged prostate.
  • Tonify
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients that present with damp signs.

Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan

  • Eight Flavor Rehmannia Teapills
    • Steaming bone syndrome - dry and intensive persuasive sensation of heat possibly with flushing and tidal fever.
    • Dizziness, vertigo, tinnitis, anxiety and restlessness resulting from yin deficiency.
    • Dryness of the skin, mucus membranes, hard stools, dark or scanty urine.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution with patients presenting with damp signs or spleen qi deficiency.

Zuo Gui Wan

  • Right Returning Pills
    • Infertility, low libedo, impotence due to kidney yin deficiency.
    • Low sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology resulting from jing deficiency.
    • Irregular menstruation, vaginal dryness.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Yin



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