Zuo Gui Wan - Right Returning Pills - TCM Herbal Formula

Chinese Name: Zuo Gui Wan
English Name: Right Returning Pills

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Individual Chinese Herbs In This Formula:


  • Fu Ling
  • Herb Functions
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat.
    • Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, loss of appetite.
    • Quiets the heart and calms the spirit - palpitations, insomnia, forgetfulness.

  • Contraindications
    • Avoid Vinegar While Using This Herb.

  • Gou Qi Zi
  • Herb Functions
    • Nourish and tonify liver and kidney - yin and/or blood deficiency w/sore back and legs, low grade abdominal pain, impotence, nocturnal emission, xiao ke; neutral nature - commonly used for liver and kidney deficiency.
    • Benefits the essence and brightens the eyes - essence and blood are unable to nourish eyes, dizziness, blurred vision, diminished acuity.
    • Enrich yin and moisten the lungs - consumptive cough.

  • Lu Jiao Jiao
  • Herb Functions
    • Tonifies kidney yang - low energy, fertility issues.
    • Tonifies kidney essence - impotence, fertility, low sperm count
    • Stops bleeding - blood in the stools, excessive menstruation, blood in the urine

  • Shan Yao
  • Herb Functions
    • Tonify the spleen and stomach qi - diarrhea, fatigue, spontaneous sweating, lack of appetite.
    • Tonify the lung qi and yin - chronic cough/wheezing.
    • Strengthen the kidney yin and yang - not hot nor cold, benefits both yin and yang, xiao ke, also binds the jing - spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge, frequent urination.

  • Shan Zhu Yu
  • Herb Functions
    • Stabilize the kidneys, retain the essence - leaking of fluids due to weak essence, excessive urination, incontinence, spermatorrhea, excessive sweating, for devastated yang and collapsed qi, as in shock.
    • Tonify the liver and kidney - lightheadedness, dizziness, impotence, sore back and knees, tonifies the jing and assists the yang.
    • Stabilize menses - excessive uterine bleeding, prolonged menses, weak effect.

  • Shu Di Huang
  • Herb Functions
    • 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.

  • Tu Si Zi
  • Herb Functions
    • 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.