Theory

Gan Mai Da Zao Wan Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Formula - TCM Herbal Formula


Gan Mai Da Zao Wan Names

  • English Name: Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Formula
  • Pinyin Name: Gan Mai Da Zao Wan
  • Chinese Character: 甘麦大枣丸



Gan Mai Da Zao Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Anxiety/depression/manic issues with a tendency towards losing self-control (crying fits, excessive yawning, etc.) that result from the combination of heart yin deficiency and liver qi stagnation.
  • Insomnia, possibly with vivid dreaming and heart palpitations.
  • Post-partum depression and milder symptoms of menopause.

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Clinician Notes

In TCM the heart is where the mind resides, therefore when the heart is weak the mind becomes disturbed.  Another component of the mind is the hun, which resides in the liver.  Therefore when both the heart and liver are deficient the mind can become significantly ungrounded and abnormal behavior may result.


Gan Mai Da Zao Wan Has 3 Ingredients

Da Zao

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  • Chinese Date, Jujube
    • Tonifies spleen qi - weakness, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, loose stools.
    • Nourishes the blood, calms the spirit - irritability, pale complexion, emotional disturbances, restlessness.
    • Useful to harmonize the harsh properties of other herbs.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • May cause heat, dampness, and phlegm leading to fullness in the middle jiao, food stagnation.

Fu Xiao Mai

Gan Cao

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  • Licorice Root
    • Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong).
    • Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang).
    • Moistens the lungs and stops cough - heat/cold in the lungs (Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang).
    • Clears heat and toxic fire (raw) - carbuncles, sores, sore throat due to fire toxin (internally or topically).
    • Alleviates pain and stops spasms - abdomen or legs (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang).
    • Often used to harmonize and/or moderate characteristics of other herbs.
    • Antidote for toxic substances (internally and topically).
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid with excess dampness, nausea, vomiting.
    • Incompatible with Gan Sui, Da Ji, Yuan Hua, Hai Zao (although used in some formulas with Hai Zao).
    • If taken for long periods of time, may cause hypertension and/or edema.



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