Theory

Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan Great Yang Restoration Pills - TCM Herbal Formula


Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan Names

  • English Name: Great Yang Restoration Pills
  • Pinyin Name: Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan
  • Chinese Character: 补阳还五汤丸



Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Fatigue, weakness, with pale complexion due to chronic qi and blood deficiency.
  • Hemiplegia, slurred speech or involuntary muscle control due to blockage of the channels and collaterals.


Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan Cautions

    Contraindication Notes:

    Do not use for patients with liver wind or severe yin deficiency.



Clinical Formula Combinations and Modifications


Clinician Notes

For blood stagnation and qi deficiency.  This formula is generally for chronic illness or chronic poor lifestyle.  The qi moves the blood, therefore a chronic qi deficiency almost always results in some degree of blood stagnation.  Additionally, when both qi and blood are weak there is a greatly chance than wind can invade and block the normal flow of the channels.  Unchecked wind can lead to numbness, shaking, spasms, and even paralysis due to its disruptive nature.  


Bu Yang Huan Wu Tang Wan Has 11 Ingredients

Chi Shao

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  • Red Peony Root
    • Invigorates blood, dispels stasis (stronger than Mu Dan Pi) - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, abdominal pain and masses, traumatic pain associated with swelling, early stages of abscesses and boils.
    • Clears heat, cools the blood (especially for excess heat in the blood) - for heat entering the blood level with fever, purple tongue, skin blotches, bleeding, gyn issues.
    • Clears liver fire - for red swollen, painful eyes.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions

Chuan Xiong

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  • Szechuan Lovage Root
    • Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis pattern, important for gynecological issues (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, difficult labor, lochioschesis).
    • Expels wind and alleviates pain - headache (temporal, vertex), dizziness, painful obstructions, skin issues.
    • Headache - moves qi upward and alleviates pain; headaches due to wind, heat, cold, blood deficiency.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood

Dan Shen

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  • Salvia Root
    • Invigorate blood, break up blood stasis in lower abdomen - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, palpable masses, lochioschesis, pain due to blood stasis, chest/epigastric pain, soreness in the ribs due to liver qi stagnation w/blood stasis.
    • Clear heat, soothe irritability - restlessness, irritability, insomnia due to heat entering the ying level.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions

Dang Gui

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  • Chinese Angelica Root
    • Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
    • Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold - important herb to stop pain due to blood stasis - abdominal pain, trauma, carbuncles due to blood stasis, chronic bi.
    • Moistens dry intestines due to blood deficiency.
    • Reduces swellings, expels pus, generates flesh - sores.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Di Long

  • Earthworm
    • Drains liver heat, stops spasms an convulsions - high fever with convulsions and seizures.
    • Clears lung heat - wheezing.
    • Clears heat in the channels and promotes movement - swollen, painful joints with limited range of motion, sequelae of wind-stroke.
    • Clears heat and promotes urination - hot painful urinary dysfunction, edema.
    • Hypertension associated with liver yang rising.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Hong Hua

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  • Safflower Flower
    • Invigorate blood, unblock menstruation - blood stasis patterns w/amenorrhea, abdominal pain, post partum dizziness, lochioschesis, abdominal masses.
    • Dispels blood stasis, alleviates pain - blood stasis wounds and pain, carbuncles, dark purplish erythema, rash, chest pain due to blood stasis.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Huang Qi

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  • Astragalus Root
    • Tonifies spleen qi - lack of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea.
    • Raises yang qi of spleen and stomach - prolapse of uterus, stomach, rectum, uterine bleeding.
    • Augments the wei qi and stabilizes the exterior - deficiency w/spontaneous sweating, frequent colds or shortness of breath.
    • Tonify qi and blood due to loss of blood - postpartum fever.
    • Edema from deficiency.
    • Promote discharge of pus, generate flesh - sores due to deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

Rou Dou Kou

  • Nutmeg Seeds
    • Binds the intestines, stops chronic/daybreak diarrhea due to cold from spleen and kidney deficiency.
    • Warms the middle burner, moves Qi - alleviates pain in abdomen, vomiting due to cold from deficiency of the spleen and stomach.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Shan Yao

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  • Chinese Yam
    • Tonify the spleen and stomach qi - diarrhea, fatigue, spontaneous sweating, lack of appetite.
    • Tonify the lung qi and yin - chronic cough/wheezing.
    • Strengthen the kidney yin and yang - not hot nor cold, benefits both yin and yang, xiao ke, also binds the jing - spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, frequent urination.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

Tao Ren

  • Peach Seed
    • Breaks up blood stasis (important herb) - menstrual disorders, abdominal pain/masses, trauma, flank pain, lung abscess, intestinal abscess.
    • Moistens intestines, unblock bowels - constipation due to dry intestines.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Wu Wei Zi

  • Schisandra Fruit/Seed
    • Constrain leakage of lung qi, enriches kidney yin - chronic cough and wheezing due to kidney and lung deficiency.
    • Tonify the kidneys, bind the essence, stop diarrhea - nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, frequent urination, daybreak diarrhea.
    • Inhibits sweating, generates fluids - thirst with excess sweat, spontaneous sweating, nightsweats, xiao ke.
    • Quiet the spirit, calm the heart - irritability, palpitations, insomnia due to blood deficiency or kidney and heart yin injury.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind
  • Cautions
    • Do Not Use With Presence Of OPI.



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