Tonify - TCM Formula Functional Grouping

Tonify - General 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.

Tonify Subcategories:

There are (28) TCM formulas grouped as Tonify:

TCM FormulaSub CategoryClinical Functions


Tonify the Blood

Si Wu Tang WanTonify the Blood

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Tonify the Qi

Bu Zhong Yi Qi WanTonify the Qi

    For Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency - spontaneous sweating, aversion to cold, desire for warm beverages, shortness of breath, intermittent fever, weak speech/low voice, weak limbs, loose/watery stools.

    The Pulse will be deficient and rootless in the spleen position or simply deficient overall and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.

Gu Zhi Shu Song WanTonify the Qi

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Shen Ling Bai Zhu WanTonify the Qi

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Sheng Mai Yin WanTonify the Qi

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Si Jun Zi Tang WanTonify the Qi

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Te Xiao Bi Min Gan WanTonify the Qi

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Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi WanTonify the Qi

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Xiang Sha Yang Wei WanTonify the Qi

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Tonify the Qi and Blood

Ba Zhen WanTonify the Qi and Blood

    Pale complexion, fatigue, low stamina, light headedness, vertigo, palpitations (may be frequent), anxiety, poor appetite, reduced energy for speaking.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail or large and weak and the Tongue will be pale with a white coat.

Geng Nian An WanTonify the Qi and Blood

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Gui Pi WanTonify the Qi and Blood

    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.  General indications are 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.

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

Qi Xue Da Bu WanTonify the Qi and Blood

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Ren Shen Shou Wu WanTonify the Qi and Blood

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Shi Quan Da Bu WanTonify the Qi and Blood

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Shou Wu WanTonify the Qi and Blood

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Tonify the Yin

Da Bu Yin WanTonify the Yin

    Yin deficiency leading to rising fire - mallor flush, heat in the afternoon/evenings, night sweats, irritability, anxiety, steaming bone disorder, spontaneous emissions.

    The Pulse will be rapid and forceful in the kidney positions and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

Er Long Zuo Ci WanTonify the Yin

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Liu Wei Di Huang WanTonify the Yin

    Classic formula for yin deficiency of the kidney and liver - vertigo, tinnitus, poor hearing, night sweats, heat in the five palms (hands, feet, a/or chest), spontaneous seminal emissions (a/or nocturnal), weak low back, light headedness.

    The Pulse will be rapid and thin and the Tongue will be red with little (or no) coating.

Ming Mu Di Huang WanTonify the Yin

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Qi Ju Di Huang WanTonify the Yin

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Sheng Mai San WanTonify the Yin

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Yi Guan Jian WanTonify the Yin

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Zhi Bai Di Huang WanTonify the Yin

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Zuo Gui WanTonify the Yin

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Warm and Tonify the Yang

Er Xian Tang WanWarm and Tonify the Yang

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Jin Gui Shen Qi WanWarm and Tonify the Yang

    Kidney yang deficiency signs - low back pain, weakness in the legs, knees, low back, low energy, low libido.

    The Pulse will be empty or frail and the Tongue will be pale and swollen with a thin white moist coat.

You Gui WanWarm and Tonify the Yang

    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.