Theory

Gu Ben Wan Replenish the Root Teapills - TCM Herbal Formula


Gu Ben Wan Names

  • English Name: Replenish the Root Teapills
  • Pinyin Name: Gu Ben Wan
  • Chinese Character: 固本丸



Gu Ben Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Dryness from yin deficiency - dry skin, dry eyes, dry cough, dry stools/constipation.
  • Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, possible anxiety.
  • Other yin deficient symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes.

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Gu Ben Wan Cautions

    Contraindication Notes:

    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Use with caution with patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.



Clinical Formula Combinations and Modifications


Clinician Notes

Yin energy is responsible for keeping the organs nourished and moistened.  Therefore when yin is chronicly low, dryness is the result.


Gu Ben Wan Has 5 Ingredients

Dang Shen

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  • Codonopsis Root
    • Tonifies the middle warmer, augments the qi - lack of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, any spleen qi deficiency issues, prolapse of uterus, stomach, rectum.
    • Tonifies the lungs - lung deficiency w/chronic cough, shortness of breath, copious sputum due to spleen qi deficiency.
    • Nourishes fluids - xiao ke, thirst due to injury to fluids.
    • Often used with herbs that release the exterior when patient has significant qi deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

Mai Men Dong

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  • Ophiopogon Tuber
    • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry cough, coughing blood.
    • Augments stomach yin, generates fluids - dry tongue and mouth.
    • Clears heat and eliminates irritability due to yin deficiency or a warm-febrile disease in the ying level - particularly when symptoms are worse at night.
    • Moistens the intestines - constipation.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Sheng Di Huang

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  • Rehmannia
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood.
    • Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mouth, low-grade fever, constipation, throat pain from yin deficiency.
    • Cools Ascending Heart Fire (HT, LV). Mouth and tongue sores, irritability, insomnia, malar flush.
    • Wasting thirst disorder.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Spleen Deficiency, Yang Deficiency, Damp Phlegm, Digestion Difficulties.

Shu Di Huang

  • Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root
    • This is the root of Sheng Di Huang (steamed and dried, or soaked in red wine and dried).
    • Tonify blood for blood deficiency with dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding, post partum bleeding.
    • Nourish yin - kidney yin deficiency with nightsweats, xiao ke, steaming bone disorder, nocturnal emissions.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Tian Men Dong

  • Asparagus Tuber
    • Nourish kidney yin, clear lung heat - yin deficiency with heat signs in the upper warmer, dryness of mouth, thick or blood-streaked sputum that is difficult to expectorate.
    • Moisten the lungs, nourish kidneys, generate fluids - lung and kidney yin deficiency, especially xiao ke, low grade afternoon fever, constipation.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin



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