Theory

Bao He Wan Preserve Harmony Pills - TCM Herbal Formula


Bao He Wan Names

  • English Name: Preserve Harmony Pills
  • Pinyin Name: Bao He Wan
  • Chinese Character: 保和丸

Functional Groupings



Bao He Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Epigastric and or abdominal fullness or painful distention after meals.
  • Acid reflux, belching, vomiting with possible aversion to food due to food stagnation.
  • This formula can also be used for acute food poisoning.

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Bao He Wan Cautions

    Contraindication Notes:

    Use with caution with weak or qi deficient patients.



Clinical Formula Combinations and Modifications


Clinician Notes

For food stagnation/indigestion and overeating. In this context overeating does not necessarily mean eating large meals or overindulgence rather it refers to eating in excess of what your spleen and stomach systems are able to process.  Poor eating habits such as large fluctuations in meal size, inconsistent eating schedule, eating very poor quality foods, and eating too many types of foods at once can all lead to food stagnation.  Additionally food stagnation may result from a deficiency of the spleen and stomach systems due to their inability to break down and convert food.  This formula can be used both for chronic food stagnation due to deficiency and for acute stagnation due to overindulgence.


Bao He Wan Has 7 Ingredients

Ban Xia

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  • Pinellia Rhizome
    • Dries dampness, transforms cold-phlegm, descends rebellious qi - cough with copious sputum especially due to dampness of spleen.
    • Harmonizes stomach, stops vomiting due to lingering phlegm-dampness in the stomach.
    • Dissipates nodules, reduces distension - phlegm in chest or neck or anywhere in the body, focal distention in the chest.
  • Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
  • Cautions

Chen Pi

  • Tangerine Peel
    • Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen, relieves diaphragm - epigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting (promotes movement of qi in general; specifically directing it downward - good for different types of nausea/vomiting).
    • Important herb for drying dampness and the transformation of phlegm - coughs with stifling sensation in the chest/diaphragm, and copious viscous sputum (qi-level herb).
    • Prevents stagnation - prevents cloying of tonifying herbs.
    • Ju Hong is the red part of the tangerine peel - it is more drying and aromatic.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Fu Ling

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  • Poria, China Root
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat.
    • Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, loss of appetite.
    • Quiets the heart and calms the spirit - palpitations, insomnia, forgetfulness.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid Vinegar While Using This Herb.

Lai Fu Zi

  • Radish/Turnip Seeds
    • Reduces food stagnation, transforms accumulations - distention, belching with a rotten smell, acid regurgitation.
    • Descends lung qi, reduces phlegm - chronic cough or wheezing due to excess syndromes.
  • Herbs That Relieve Food Stagnation
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of Stomach Fire.
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Lian Qiao

Shan Zha

Shen Qu




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