Theory

Tonify - TCM Herbal Formula Category


Tonify - General Formula Concepts

Tonification may be directed towards the qi, blood, yin and/or yang aspects of the body. In mixed cases you must often think of the generating factors in the body to replenish certain substances. This may either be looking at the mutual interplay between qi, blood, yin and yang - so building qi to aid in the production of blood, for example. Or by the generation cycle within five elements - tonifying the the kidneys (water) to aid the liver (wood). The most important aspect to herbs in this section is to not go along with the often heard western adage - more is better. This is simply not true and can be harmful to patients. Proper diagnosis and distinguishing between deficiency and excess and the mutual relationship between those two levels must be properly analyzed.





(29) TCM formulas grouped as Tonify

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 the Blood

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

  • Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Formula
    • Coldness of the limbs, borborygmus with loose stools or diarrhea due to spleen yang deficiency.
    • Spontaneous or easy sweating, general fatigue, changes in appetite due to spleen qi deficiency.
    • Pale complexion and preference for warm food or drinks due to spleen yang and qi deficiency.
    • Shortness of breath and noticable lack of desire to speak may present if both spleen and stomach qi are weak.
    • This formula is also commonly used for prolasped organs.
  • Tonify the Qi

Gu Zhi Shu Song Wan

  • Osteoporosis Tablets
    • For bone disorders includeing osteoporosis and osteopenia.
    • May help reduce or prevent further bone loss.
  • Tonify the Qi

Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

  • Ginseng, Poria & Atractylodes Pills
    • Diarrhea, loose stools, or mucus/greasy stools from damp accumulation in the spleen/stomach.
    • Borborygmus, low appetite, fatigue, and/or pale complexion resulting from spleen qi deficiency.
    • Colitis, IBS, gastritis, and other types of gastro intenstinal disorders where the predominant TCM pattern is spleen qi deficiency and damp accumulation.
  • Tonify the Qi

Sheng Mai Yin Wan

  • Replenish Pulse Pills
    • Dry mouth, dry skin, dark or scanty urine from yin and fluid deficiency.
    • Fatigue, shortness of breath, and spontaneous sweating.
  • Tonify the Qi

Si Jun Zi Tang Wan

Te Xiao Bi Min Gan Wan

  • Specially Effective Nasal Allergy Pills
    • Generally useful for a range of allergy symptoms - seasonal allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, dry or watery eyes, sinus headaches, etc.  Can be used both as a preventative and as a symptomatic aid for allergies.
  • Tonify the Qi

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

  • Aucklandia, Amomi & Six Gentlemen Pills
    • A modified version of the base, zhi zhu wan, which is used to treat qi stagnation and food retention from qi deficiency.  This modification includes herbs which add more movement and damp drying.
    • Distention and fullness in the epigastric area - bloating, indigestion, gastritis, gastric prolapse.
    • Poor appetite (from Spleen Qi Deficiency), anorexia.
  • Tonify the Qi

Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan

  • Aucklandia Amomi Nurture Stomach Pills
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  • Tonify the Qi

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 the Qi and Blood

Gui Pi Wan

  • Restore the Spleen Formula
    • The formula is used to tonify both the spleen and heart which can be damaged from excessive overthinking, compulsions, etc. along with poor dietary habits and stressful lifestyle.  
    • Anxiety, phobias, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, poor appetite, pallid complexion.
    • In women spleen and heart deficiencies may lead to prolonged periods with little flow or early periods, heavier with pale blood.
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

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 the Qi and Blood

Ren Shen Shou Wu Wan

  • Ginseng Fo-Ti Pills
    • Hair loss, dry hair, greying hair as a result of dimished jing/essence.
    • Low sperm count, low libedo, and infertility.
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

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 the Qi and Blood

Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

Shou Wu Wan

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 the Yin

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 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 the Yin

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 the Yin

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 the Yin

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 the Yin

Sheng Mai San Wan

Yi Guan Jian Wan

  • Linking Decoction
    • GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver qi stagnation leading to stomach yin issues - gastritis, ulcers, reflux, bloating.
    • The underlying factors lead to dryness of the blood, that coupled with liver qi stagnation and yin deficiency may lead to PMS, inosmnia, etc.
    • With the right underlying factors useful for a range of liver conditions - hepatitis, fatty liver.
    • Essential hypertension, preeclampsia.
  • Tonify the Yin

Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan

Zuo Gui Wan

Er Xian Tang Wan

Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

  • Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet
    • Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible incontinence resulting from kidney yang deficiency.
    • Sensation of cold, especially in the lower half.
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang

You Gui Wan

  • Restore the Right Kidney Pill
  • Signs of Kidney Yang deficiency - cold extremities, fatigue, impotence, weak/aching low back, knees, waist, aversion to cold, infertility, loose stools, incontinence or other urinary issues (frequent, difficult to restrain), edema in the lower body.

    The Pulse will be weak and the Tongue will be be pale with a thin white moist coat.

  • Warm and Tonify the Yang



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