Dan Gui Yin Zi - Tangkuei Decoction

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Dan Gui Yin Zi Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "dan gui yin zi" , 当帰飲子, which in english is "tangkuei decoction", is categorized within the "expel wind" functional grouping and within the "release exterior disorders with interior deficiency" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Tangkuei Decoction, Tang-kuei and Tribulus Combination, Dang Gui Drink, Dang Gui and Tribulus Decoction.

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

  • Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood deficiency - eczema (particularly dry and flaky), hives  (urticaria), neurodermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, itchy skin that is generally worse at night.
  • Anemia generally, particularly when associated with related skin issues.
  • Alopecia.


Dan Gui Yin Zi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid alcohol and spicy, greasy, fried, and/or fatty foods while taking.

Our shop contains dan gui yin zi from the following manufacturer:

  • Dang Gui Yin Zi Wan - Sun Ten
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    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. Dan Gui Yin Zi is generally comprised of the following herbs:

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  • Bai Shao (White Peony Root) - Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to…
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  • Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root) - Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis…
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  • Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) - Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen comple…
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  • Fang Feng (Ledebouriella root, siler) - Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body …
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  • Gan Cao (Licorice Root) - Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/s…
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  • He Shou Wu (Polygonum, Fleeceflower Root) - Tonifies liver and kidney, nourishes blood, augments essenc…
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  • Huang Qi (Astragalus Root) - Tonifies spleen qi - lack of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea. …
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  • Jing Jie (Schizonepeta Stem) - Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either w…
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  • Sheng Di Huang (Rehmannia) - Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongu…
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  • Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) - Release the exterior, wind-cold, regulate ying and wei qi …
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    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. Dan Gui Yin Zi is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence liver blood deficiency, lung wind invasion - wind heat and/or spleen blood deficiency.

    Dan Gui Yin Zi may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: alopecia, anemia, dermatitis, eczema, itching, psoriasis and/or skin problems (rash)

    As noted above, dan gui yin zi is within the expel wind functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "release exterior disorders with interior deficiency", which contains the following formulas:

    All formulas in the primary category of "expel wind" are listed below.

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