Theory

An Shen Bu Xin Wan Calm the Shen and Supplement the Heart Pills - TCM Herbal Formula


An Shen Bu Xin Wan Names

  • English Name: Calm the Shen and Supplement the Heart Pills
  • Pinyin Name: An Shen Bu Xin Wan
  • Chinese Character: 安神补心丸



An Shen Bu Xin Wan Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Insomnia and palpitations
  • Anxiety, possible difficulty with concentration
  • Irritibility and restlessness
  • Tinnitus

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Clinician Notes

This formula is useful for the situation where the deficiency of the heart yin and blood fails to keep the liver yang grounded, which results in the liver yang rising.  


An Shen Bu Xin Wan Has 8 Ingredients

Dan Shen

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  • Salvia Root
    • Invigorate blood, break up blood stasis in lower abdomen - dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, palpable masses, lochioschesis, pain due to blood stasis, chest/epigastric pain, soreness in the ribs due to liver qi stagnation w/blood stasis.
    • Clear heat, soothe irritability - restlessness, irritability, insomnia due to heat entering the ying level.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions

He Huan Pi

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  • Mimosa Tree Bark
    • Calms the spirit, relieves constrained emotions - vexation, depression, insomnia, irritability, poor memory.
    • Invigorates the blood, alleviates pain - pain and swelling due to trauma, abscesses.
    • The flower, He Huan Hua (ye he hua, ye he mi) has similar functions for calming the shen from liver constraint - insomnia, chest oppression, irritability.
  • Herbs That Nourish The Heart and Calm The Spirit
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy (stimulates uterine contractions).

Nu Zhen Zi

Shi Chang Pu

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

Tu Si Zi

  • Chinese Dodder Seeds
    • Tonify kidneys, strengthens yin, secures essence, reserves urine - impotence, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, tinnitus, frequent urination, sore painful back, vaginal discharge.
    • Tonify kidney and liver, improves vision - liver and kidney yin and yang deficiency patterns with dizziness, tinnitus, blurred vision, floaters, etc.
    • Strengthen the spleen and kidneys - resolve diarrhea.
    • Calms the fetus - important herb for habitual and/or threatened miscarriage.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yang

Wu Wei Zi

  • Schisandra Fruit/Seed
    • Constrain leakage of lung qi, enriches kidney yin - chronic cough and wheezing due to kidney and lung deficiency.
    • Tonify the kidneys, bind the essence, stop diarrhea - nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, frequent urination, daybreak diarrhea.
    • Inhibits sweating, generates fluids - thirst with excess sweat, spontaneous sweating, nightsweats, xiao ke.
    • Quiet the spirit, calm the heart - irritability, palpitations, insomnia due to blood deficiency or kidney and heart yin injury.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind
  • Cautions
    • Do Not Use With Presence Of OPI.

Zhen Zhu

  • Pearl
    • Sedates the heart - tremor, palpitations, seizures, childhood convulsions.
    • Clears the liver - blurred vision.
    • Promotes healing, generates flesh - ulcers of the gums or throat.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit



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