Tonify - General Herbal Formula Category Concepts

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Tonify Functional Grouping

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.


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The Tonify Category Contains (36) TCM formulas In Our Database

Ba Zhen Wan

Eight Treasure Combination


Usages

  • 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
  • Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

    Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Formula


    Usages

    • 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
  • Da Bu Yin Wan

    Great Tonify the Yin Pill


    Usages

    • 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
  • Dang Gui Wan

    Tangkuei Powder


    Usages

    • For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident, similar in usage to ba zhen wan.
    • A range of menstrual issues when they arise from qi and blood deficiency - amenorrhea, menorrhagia, irregular cycles - also related fertility issues.
    • For pregnancy with the right diagnostic factors for habitual miscarriage, unstable pregnancy - as well as aiding with difficult labor and post-partum deficiencies such as weakness, anemia, and/or insufficient lactation.
    • Weakness and deficiencies from qi and blood deficiency generally - strong fatigue, orthostatic hypotension, anemia, floaters.
    • Any of the above issues may arise from malnutrition and/or eating disorder issues for which this formula may be supportive.
    • Vertigo/dizziness, possibly with anxiety and/or palpitations from blood deficiency.
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Er Long Zuo Ci Wan

    Deafness Left Supporting Pills


    Usages

    • 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
  • Er Xian Wan

    Two Immortal Decoction


    Usages

    • Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang deficiencies with Empty Heat - hormonal issues such as menopause (possibly w/hypertension), amenorrhea, hot flashes along with associated symptoms of fatigue, depression, insomnia, nervousness and more.
    • Infertility with appropriate underlying factors, particularly when arising with amenorrhea or irregular menstruation.
    • Aplastic anemia.
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Geng Nian An Wan

    Peaceful Menopause


    Usages

    • 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
  • Gu Zhi Shu Song Wan

    Osteoporosis Tablets


    Usages

    • For bone disorders includeing osteoporosis and osteopenia.
    • May help reduce or prevent further bone loss.
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Gui Pi Wan

    Restore the Spleen Formula


    Usages

    • 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
  • Jiang Tang Wan

    Lower Blood Sugar Pill


    Usages

    • Nourish the yin and tonify qi with particular emphasis on diabetes (primarily type II, but in some cases type I would benefit as well) when the underlying tcm diagnosis fits.  Symptoms may include strong thirst, strong appetite, fatigue, weakness, low back pain, frequent urination, and glucose in the urine.
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

    Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet


    Usages

    • 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
  • Liu Wei Di Huang Wan

    Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia


    Usages

    • 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


    Usages

    • 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


    Usages

    • 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
  • Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

    Nourish Qi & Blood Pills


    Usages

    • 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


    Usages

    • 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


    Usages

    • 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
  • Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

    Ginseng, Poria & Atractylodes Pills


    Usages

    • 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 San Wan

    Generate the Pulse Pills


    Usages

    • Respiratory issues from lung qi and yin deficiencies - chronic cough, wheezing.
    • May be used for damage from longer term illnesses and/or the overuse of wind clearing formulas for colds/flus - nightsweats, spontaneous sweating.
    • With the right underlying patterns a range of respiratory and coronary issues.
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Sheng Mai Yin Wan

    Replenish Pulse Pills


    Usages

    • Dry mouth, dry skin, dark or scanty urine from yin and fluid deficiency.
    • Fatigue, shortness of breath, and spontaneous sweating.
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

    Ten Tonics Nourishment Pills


    Usages

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  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Shou Wu Wan

    Polygonum Multiflorum Pills


    Usages

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  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Si Jun Zi Tang Wan

    Four Gentlemen Teapills


    Usages

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  • Tonify the Qi
  • Si Wu Tang Wan

    Four Substances Pills


    Usages

    • 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
  • Tao Hong Si Wu Wan

    Four Substances Pills With Safflower And Peach Pit


    Usages

    • A modified version of si wu tang with the inclusion of tao ren and hong hua which make it slightly more moving for the blood - for blood deficiency with blood stagnation with particular emphasis on the lower jiao - dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, heavy bleeding, other stasis symptoms such as fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, etc. as well as related psychological issues such as depression.
    • Can be used post-delivery for retained lochia.
  • Tonify the Blood
  • Te Xiao Bi Min Gan Wan

    Specially Effective Nasal Allergy Pills


    Usages

    • 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
  • Wu Zi Yang Zong Wan

    Five Seeds to Bring Forth Offspring


    Usages

    • Impotence, premature ejaculation, noctural emissions, low libedo from weakened kidney jing (essence).
    • Poor concentration and memory, listlessness, general fatigue and worsening eyesight also resulting from weakened jing.
    • Low back pain, possibly with weakness of the knees from weakness of the kidney system.
    • Infertility [male] with low sperm count or abnormal sperm morphology.
  • Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

    Aucklandia, Amomi & Six Gentlemen Pills


    Usages

    • 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


    Usages

    • Low appetite, apathy towards eating due to spleen qi deficiency.
    • Acid reflux, indigestion, epigastric pain, tendency to feel full even with small quantities of food.
    • Food stagnation due to overeating.
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Xiang Yin Wan

    Golden Voice Pills


    Usages

    • Benefits the yin and qi of the lungs, clears heat and wind - acute and/or chronic throat and/or voice issues from overuse, illness, smoking, etc.  Symptoms may include difficulty speaking, hoarseness/raspy voice, sore throat. 
    • This formula may be used to treat polyps/nodules of the vocal cords, laryngitis, sore throat, and other vocal problems due to overuse when the underlying patterns fit.
  • Tonify the Yin
  • Yi Guan Jian Wan

    Linking Decoction


    Usages

    • 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
  • You Gui Wan

    Restore the Right Kidney Pill


    Usages

    • 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.
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan

    Eight Flavor Rehmannia Teapills


    Usages

    • 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 the Yin
  • Zhuang Yang Wan

    Strengthen Kidney Yang And Preserve Power Pill


    Usages

    • Tonifies the kidney yang and astringe the jing (essence), primarily for sexual dysfunction in older males - symptoms may include impotence, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and other signs of kidney yang deficiency including weak/sore low back and/or knees, weakness in the limbs, cold sensation, aversion to cold, and fatigue. 
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Zhuang Yao Jian Shen Wan

    Strengthen The Back And Benefit The Kidney Pills


    Usages

    • Weakness in the lower parts of the body from kidney yang and kidney qi deficiency - low back pain, weak back, hips, knees, leg, weak tendons.
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Zuo Gui Wan

    Right Returning Pills


    Usages

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