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Contraindications This formula should not be used for distention and pain due to phlegm or dampness. Chinese Symptomology Liver blood-kidney yin vacuity with concomitant liver depression qi stagnation, chest and rib-side pain, stomach duct distention and fullness, dry, parched mouth and throat, acid regurgitation, pale skin, lips, inner eyelids, and tongue, muscle cramps (especially at night), night-blindness, prematurely grey hair, low back and knee soreness and limpness, dizziness, frequent but scanty urination, irritability Western Symptomology Chronic hepatitis, hepato- and/or splenomegaly, liver cirrhosis, menstrual irregularities, perimenopausal syndrome, tinnitus, nocturia Actions Nourishes and enriches liver blood and kidney yin at the same time as it courses the liver and rectifies the qi. Pattern Liver bloodkidney yin vacuity with liver depression qi stagnation Tongue Red, with scanty fur. Pulse Fine; bowstring. Ingredients Sheng Di (uncooked Radix Rehmanniae) 171 mg ~ Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii) 136.5 mg ~ Sha Shen (Radix Glehniae) 136.5 mg ~ Mai Men Dong (Radix Ophiopogonis) 136.5 mg ~ Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) 102 mg ~ Chuan Lian Zi (Fructus Toosendam) 67.5 mg Within this formula, Sheng Di (uncooked Radix Rehmanniae), Gou Qi Zi (Fructus Lycii), and Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) nourish liver blood and enrich kidney yin. Sha Shen (Radix Glehniae) and Mai Men Dong (Radix Ophiopogonis) also enrich yin and engender fluids, remembering that blood and fluids share a common source and that blood and essence share a common source. Chuan Lian Zi (Fructus Toosendam) courses the liver and rectifies the qi without plundering yin. This formula comes from Wei Zhi-xiu’s Qing dynasty Xu Ming Yi Lei An (Continuation of Famous Physicians’ Organized Cases).