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Shu Jin Dan: Soothing the Sinews Elixir


Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui), 90g,
Flos Carthami Tinctorii (Hong Hua), 90g,
Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae (Chi Shao), 90g,
Radix Calystegiae Sepii (Shu Jin Cao),
Fructus Chaenomelis Lagenariae (Mu Gua),
Radix Cyathulae (Chuan Niu Xi), 90g each,
Radix Ledebouriellae Sesloidis (Fang Feng), 60g,
Radix Saussureae Seu Vladimiriae (Mu Xiang),
Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae (Chen Pi), 30g each,
Radix Angelicae (Bai Zhi), 60g,
Semen Strychnotis (Ma Qian Zi, fry in oil & remove the hairs), 6g,
Fructus Foeniculi Vulgaris (Xiao Hui Xiang), 15g

Method of preparation: Grind the above 12 ingredients into a fine powder. Mix this powder into a medium thick porridge made of Huang Chi Fen (Yellow Red Powder). Make into pills the size of Chinese parasol tree seeds. Dry before storing.

Method of administration: Take 3-4.5g each time with yellow wine (i.e., rice wine)).

Functions: Quickens the blood, scatters stasis, regulates and extends the three qi, namely ancestral qi, original qi, and defensive qi, soothes the sinews and disinhibits the joints, scatters stagnation and resolves depression.

This formula is used mainly for low back and thigh aching and pain, injury of the sinews and joints, soreness and weakness of the four limbs, and general fatigue caused by exercise in beginners.

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