Dan Dou Chi - Prepared Soybean

TCM Materia Medica

Dan Dou Chi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "dan dou chi" which in english is Dan Dou Chi herb"prepared soybean", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cold (han), sweet (gan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 6-15g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Releases both exterior hot or cold (depending on how it is prepared), also good for exterior disorders with underlying yin deficiency (due to its mild nature).
  • Eliminates irritability, restlessness, insomnia following febrile disease.

Dan Dou Chi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid with nursing mothers - may inhibit lactation.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding dan dou chi:

  • Preparation with (steaming together then fermenting):

Dan Dou Chi may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: insomnia and/or irritability

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, dan dou chi is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewYin Qiao Wan (Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula)

Common cold or flu presenting with fever w/slight or no chills, headache, desire for fluids, cough, sore throat. Acute respitory infections, acute fever, tonsillitis, canker sores.

As noted above, dan dou chi is within the herbs that release the exterior wind heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... many are acrid and warm severe fever with mild chills and sore throat. some are good for venting rashes or wind-heat eye problems. )".

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