Ding Chuan Wan - Calm Wheezing Pills

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Ding Chuan Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "ding chuan wan" , 定喘汤, which in english is "calm wheezing pills", is categorized within the "treat phlegm" functional grouping and within the "clear heat and transform phlegm" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Ping Chuan Wan, Ding Chuan Tang, Ma Huang and Ginkgo Combination, Clear Mountain Air Teapills, Arrest Wheezing Pills, Ma Huang and Ginkgo Combination for Stabilizing Dyspnea, Asthma Relieving Decoction.

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

  • Directs the lung qi downward and clears phlegm heat from the lungs.  Typically used for the condition of wind cold blocking the exterior with internal accumulation of phlegm heat - which may involve symptoms such as the common cold, bronchitis, asthma - with wheezing, cough with thick sticky yellow phlegm that is difficult to get out, rapid shallow breathing, difficulty breathing. 
  • Conditions may be acute or chronic.

Ding Chuan Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Generally avoided in patients that present with yin or qi deficiency.

Our shop contains ding chuan wan from the following manufacturers:

  • Ping Chuan - Mayway
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  • Ping Chuan Wan - Nuherbs
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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. Ding Chuan Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

  • Chen Pi (Tangerine Peel) - Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen…
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  • Dong Chong Xia Cao (Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, Cordyceps) - Strengthen kidney, tonify yang - impotence, sore/weak back…
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  • Fu Ling (Poria, China Root) - Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - ur…
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  • Gan Cao (Licorice Root) - Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/s…
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  • Sang Bai Pi (Mulberry Root Bark) - Drains lung heat - cough, wheezing. Promotes urination, re…
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  • Xing Ren (Apricot Seed) - Stops cough and calms wheezing due to hot or cold patterns…
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  • Yu Xing Cao (Houttuynia) - Clears heat and toxins, reduces swellings and abscess - fo…
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  • Zi Su Ye (Perilla Leaf) - Release the exterior, disperse cold - wind-cold w/fever Re…
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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. Ding Chuan Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence lung dampness - phlegm heat and/or lung wind invasion - wind cold.

    Ding Chuan Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: asthma, bronchitis, common cold, cough and/or wheezing (dyspnea)

    As noted above, ding chuan wan is within the treat phlegm functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "clear heat and transform phlegm", which contains the following formulas:

  • Qing Fei Wan (Clear The Lungs Decoction) - Clears heat and phlegm and replenishes lung yin - chronic…
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  • Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan (Clear the Qi and Transform Phlegm Pill) - Cough with thick yellow or green phlegm, difficulty breathi…
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  • Wen Dan Wan (Warm the Gallbladder Formula) - Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other shen disturbances …
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    All formulas in the primary category of "treat phlegm" are listed below.

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