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:

($22.00) Add To Cart View Dang Gui Yin Zi Wan - Sun Ten

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:

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 Shao (White Peony Root)

Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lusterless complexion and nails) - menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding - very common herb fo…

ViewChuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root)

Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis pattern, important for gynecological issues (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, difficult labor, lochioschesis). Expels wind and alleviates pain - …

ViewDang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)

Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea. Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold …

ViewFang Feng (Ledebouriella root, siler)

Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body ache) Bi-Syndromes, Wind-Damp, alleviates pain, relieves spasms (not very strong, only as a supporting herb) Trembling hands and/or feet …

ViewGan Cao (Licorice Root)

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)…

ViewHe Shou Wu (Polygonum, Fleeceflower Root)

Tonifies liver and kidney, nourishes blood, augments essence - yin and/or blood deficiency w/dizziness, blurred vision, prematurely grey hair, weakness in the lower back and knees, sore limbs, insomn…

ViewHuang Qi (Astragalus Root)

Tonifies spleen qi - lack of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea. Raises yang qi of spleen and stomach - prolapse of uterus, stomach, rectum, uterine bleeding. Augments the wei qi and stabilizes the exteri…

ViewJing Jie (Schizonepeta Stem)

Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either wind-cold or wind-heat Useful for boils, carbuncles, etc. in the initial stages Resolve itching (wind-heat in the blood level), may be used…

ViewSheng Di Huang (Rehmannia)

Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood. Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mou…

ViewSheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome)

Release the exterior, wind-cold, regulate ying and wei qi Warms the middle jiao - stomach cold/vomiting Alleviates coughing, warms lung Reduces toxicity of other herbs

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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