Bao Ji Wan - Protect and Relieve Pills

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Bao Ji Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "bao ji wan" , 保济丸, which in english is "protect and relieve pills", is categorized within the "clear heat" functional grouping and within the "clear heat from the organs" sub-category.

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

  • Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen.
  • Foul smelling belching or gas with diarrhea due to heat in the intestine.
  • May alleviate some hangover symptoms.
  • Also useful to treat food poisoning. 

For many reasons such as availability, ecological choices, and/or price, each manufacturer or herbalist may well adjust the exact composition of a specific formula. Bao Ji Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

ViewBai Ji Li (Caltrop Fruit, Puncture Vine Fruit)

Calms the liver, anchors the yang - headache, vertigo due to liver yang rising. Expels wind-heat, brightens the eyes - red, painful, swelling of the eye. Promotes the smooth flow of qi - chest/flan…

ViewBai Zhi (Angelica Root)

Expels wind-cold, dampness Opens nasal passages, sinus congestion (particularly with green discharge), alleviates pain (especially in the head region) Resolve wind-cold symptoms especially with hea…

ViewBo He (Field Mint, Mentha)

Expels wind heat particularly from the head region - fever, headaches, red eyes, cough, sore throat. Vents rashes - accelerates the activity of rashes towards the surface to quicken healing.…

ViewCang Zhu (Atractylodes)

Strongly dries dampness, strengthens spleen - low appetite, diarrhea, epigastric distention, fatigue, vomiting, greasy tongue coat. Expels wind-damp-cold (bi-syndrome) in extremities. Clears damp-h…

ViewFu Ling (Poria, China Root)

Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat. Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, …

ViewGe Gen (Kudzu Root, Pueraria)

Releases muscles, clears heat - exterior disease in subcutaneous region and muscles (governed by spleen and stomach) - fever, headache, stiffness in the back and the neck. Nourishes fluids, alleviat…

ViewGou Teng (Gambir Vine Stems and Thorns)

Extinguishes wind and alleviates spasms - spasms, muscle tremors, seizures. Drains liver heat and pacifies liver yang - headaches, irritability, red eyes, dizziness. Releases the exterior - fever, …

ViewGu Ya (Rice Sprout)

Reduces food stagnation, strengthens spleen. Stagnation caused by starchy food.

ViewHou Po (Magnolia Bark)

Promotes movement of Qi, transforms dampness, resolves stagnation - dampness in spleen/stomach, food stagnation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distention (*important herb for this). Warms and transf…

ViewHuo Xiang (Patchouli)

Aromatically transforms turbid dampness - abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting. Harmonizes middle burner, stops vomiting due to dampness. Releases the exterior (wind-damp-cold, summer heat), stom…

ViewJu Hua (Chrysanthemum Flower)

Disperses wind, clears heat (bitter, cold) - headache, fever. Clears liver and the eyes (sweet, cold) - wind-heat in the liver channel manifesting with red, painful, dry eyes or excessive tearing, o…

ViewMu Xiang (Costus Root)

Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain - stagnant qi of the stomach and/or spleen causing lack of appetite, abdominal pain, distention, nausea; liver or gallbladder qi stagnation causing flank …

ViewShen Qu (Medicated Leaven)

Reduces food stagnation, strengthens stomach - stomach cold with food stagnation or accumulation, with epigastric and abdominal fullness or distention, lack of appetite, borborygmus, and diarrhea. A…

ViewTian Hua Fen (Trichosanthes Root)

Clears and drains lung heat, transforms phlegm, moistens lung dryness. Drains heat, generates fluid (fluids injured) - thirst, irritability, wasting and thirsting disorder, cough, thick sputum. Reli…

ViewTian Ma (Gastrodia Root)

Calms the liver, extinguishes liver wind from either heat or cold patterns - spasms, tremors, headache, epilepsy, numbness, dizziness, wind-stroke, childhood convulsion, can be used for problems due …

ViewYi Yi Ren (Seeds of Job's Tears)

Promotes urination, drains dampness - edema, difficult urination, damp leg qi. Strengthens the spleen, stops diarrhea. Clears heat and expels pus - carbuncles, lung or intestinal abscesses. Expels w…

A single formula, alone, may not be sufficient to fully address a particular TCM diagnostic pattern. Formulas may be used alone, in combinations, and/or in stages. Bao Ji Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence large intestine damp heat and/or stomach food stagnation.

Bao Ji Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: diarrhea and/or food poisoning

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding bao ji wan.

This formula is also useful to treat digestive upset while traveling. 

As noted above, bao ji wan is within the clear heat functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "clear heat from the organs", which contains the following formulas:

ViewChu Kou Wei Wan (Chu Kou Wei Wan)

Acid reflux and/or burning sensation in the epigastrium, throat, or mouth from stomach fire. Ulcers, sores, or other types of abcess in the mouth due to persistent stomach heat. Constant sense of h…

ViewLong Dan Xie Gan Wan (Gentiana Purge Liver Formula)

Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, easily angered, headache, dizziness, red, and possibly sore, eyes resulting from liver fire rising. Urinary symptoms such as painful, hot…

All formulas in the primary category of "clear heat" are listed below.

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