Gan Mai Da Zao Wan - Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Formula

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Gan Mai Da Zao Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "gan mai da zao wan" , 甘麦大枣丸, which in english is "licorice, wheat, and jujube formula", is categorized within the "calm the spirit" functional grouping and within the "nourish the heart and calm the spirit" sub-category.

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

  • Anxiety/depression/manic issues with a tendency towards losing self-control (crying fits, excessive yawning, etc.) that result from the combination of heart yin deficiency and liver qi stagnation.
  • Insomnia, possibly with vivid dreaming and heart palpitations.
  • Post-partum depression and milder symptoms of menopause.

Our shop contains gan mai da zao wan from the following manufacturers:

View Gan Mai Da Zao Tang - Sun Ten
($9.99) Add To Cart View Gan Mai Da Zao Wan - HBW

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. Gan Mai Da Zao Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

ViewDa Zao (Chinese Date, Jujube)

Tonifies spleen qi - weakness, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, loose stools. Nourishes the blood, calms the spirit - irritability, pale complexion, emotional disturbances, restlessness. Usef…

ViewFu Xiao Mai (Un-Ripe Wheat Grain)

Stops excessive sweating from deficiency patterns - nightsweats, spontaneous sweating. Nourish the heart - palpitations, insomnia, irritability. Childhood bedwetting.

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)…

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. Gan Mai Da Zao Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence heart yin deficiency, liver qi stagnation and/or spleen qi deficiency.

Gan Mai Da Zao Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: anxiety, depression, insomnia, manic depression and/or menopause (hot flashes)

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding gan mai da zao wan.

In TCM the heart is where the mind resides, therefore when the heart is weak the mind becomes disturbed.  Another component of the mind is the hun, which resides in the liver.  Therefore when both the heart and liver are deficient the mind can become significantly ungrounded and abnormal behavior may result.

As noted above, gan mai da zao wan is within the calm the spirit functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "nourish the heart and calm the spirit", which contains the following formulas:

ViewAn Shen Bu Xin Wan (Calm the Shen and Supplement the Heart Pills)

Insomnia and palpitations Anxiety, possible difficulty with concentration Irritibility and restlessness Tinnitus

ViewPearl Powder (Pearl Powder)

ADD, ADHD, restlessness, trouble with focus or concentration.

ViewShen Jing Shuai Ruo Wan (Stress Reducing Pill)

For common variants of the modern western lifestyle - in Chinese Medicine terms, calms the spirit, balance liver and kidney yin, for a range of psycho-emotional and physical issues from chronic stres…

ViewSuan Zao Ren Wan (Sour Jujube Decoction)

Shen related issues when arising from liver blood deficiency - anxiety, insomnia. Menopausal heat contributing to sleep and/or anxiety issues. Palpitations, night sweats, and general dryness.

ViewTian Wang Bu Xin Wan (Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the Heart)

Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, hot flashes, flushing or sensation of heat in the palms due to deficiency heat. Insomnia, poor memory, poor focus and concentration due to yin deficien…

All formulas in the primary category of "calm the spirit" are listed below.

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