The herbal formula "chen xiang hua qi wan" , 沉香化气丸, which in english is "aquilaria qi transforming pills", is categorized within the "expel dampness" functional grouping and within the "clear damp-heat" sub-category.
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
For spleen qi deficiency with damp heat accumulation in the lower. The spleen system is effectively the western version of the digestive system. The spleen is responsible for extracting the energy from the food and properly breaking the food down. When the spleen is weak the overall energy tends to drop, the appetite may be poor, and the mood may also be on the down side. Furthermore, the weakness of the spleen results in the accumulation of byproducts (damp) which tend to accumulate in the lower.
Symptoms may include diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, and abdominal distension. This formula is used to treat belching, acid reflux, poor appetite, abdominal distension, flatulence, constipation, and abdominal cramping and discomfort.
Tongue: puffy, sticky or greasy coat
Pulse: slippery, weak
Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
Contraindicated during pregnancy
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. Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:
Transforms dampness - low appetite, greasy tongue coat, stifling sensation in the chest. Warms the middle warmer (stomach/spleen) and descends rebellious qi - vomiting due to cold from spleen/stomac…
Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen, relieves diaphragm - epigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting (promotes movement of qi in general; …
Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong). Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang)…
Reduces food stagnation, strengthens stomach (also useful for infants). Inhibits lactation - for discontinuing nursing, distended and painful breasts. Reduces liver Qi - intercostal or epigastric d…
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. Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence spleen and stomach damp heat.
Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, acid reflux disease (gerd), constipation and/or digestive issues
As noted above, chen xiang hua qi wan is within the expel dampness functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "clear damp-heat", which contains the following formulas:
Clearing damp heat in the lower warmer, particularly with underlying blood deficiency - vaginal disharge, vaginal itching, vaginal inflammation along with constipation, possibly anemia, low back pain…
Painful urination when it arises from damp heat syndrome - urinary tract infections, leukorrhea, cystitis. Prostatitis when from damp heat.
For high cholesterol, generally focuses on strengthening metabolism, transforming dampness, tonifying spleen qi, and mildly moving blood stasis in Chinese Medicine terms.
A range of gallbladder, liver and related digestive/obstructive issues - clears damp heat from the liver and gall bladder in TCM terms. Symptoms may include gallstones and/or a range of digestive is…
Bloating, lower abdominal pain, sluggish bowels. Acid reflux/heartburn, nausea with possible vomitting after meals.
Painful/burning or diffulty urination possibly with increased urgency due to damp heat accumulation. Dark or scanty urine. Urinary stones. Urinary tract infection.
Damp-Heat Bi-Syndromes in Chinese Medicine terms - arthritis with hot swollen joints. With the right underlying diagnosis both osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis would respond. Gout. Weakness…
Painful urination with cloudy or dark urine due to heat. Possibly blood in the urine -bright red blood not occult.
Diarrhea expecially with bright blood or mucus and foul smelling resuling from damp heat. Nausea, abdominal cramps or bloating, with possible loss of appetite from damp accumulation. Vomitting, hic…
Used for a range of liver, gallbladder and pancreatic disorders arising from damp heat. Symptoms such as jaundice, urinary difficulty, nausea, bloating and more. Western conditions could be cirrhos…
Abnormal vaginal discharge - yellow or green colour, cottage-cheese like texture and foul smelling. Painful urination, burning, increased urgency/frequency. Yeast infection.
All formulas in the primary category of "expel dampness" are listed below.
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