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

  • English Name:  Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Formula
  • Pinyin Name:  Gan Mai Da Zao Wan
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Used for anxiety/depression/manic issues with a tendency towards losing self-control (crying fits, excessive yawning, etc.).  This set of symptoms is known as restless organ disorder in TCM.  General symptoms are disorientation, crying spells, depression, fitful sleep, excessive yawning, anxiety, possible night sweats and other yin deficient signs.  May be used for menopause or similar post-partum issues.

The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a sparse tongue coating.

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Gan Mai Da Zao Wan Ingredients

Below you will find the (3) Chinese Medicinal Herbs that are commonly used to create Gan Mai Da Zao Wan (in alphabetical order). You may click on the name of the herb for more details.

TCM HerbEnglish NameClinical FunctionsFunctional Group
Da ZaoChinese 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
  • May cause heat, dampness, and phlegm leading to fullness in the middle jiao, food stagnation.
Fu Xiao MaiUn-Ripe Wheat Grain
  • Stops excessive sweating from deficiency patterns - nightsweats, spontaneous sweating.
  • Nourish the heart - palpitations, insomnia, irritability.
  • Childhood bedwetting.
Herbs That Stabilize and Bind
Gan CaoLicorice 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
  • 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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