Gu Ben Wan - Replenish the Root Teapills

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Gu Ben Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "gu ben wan" , 固本丸, which in english is "replenish the root teapills", is categorized within the "treat dryness" functional grouping and within the "enrich the yin and moisten dryness" sub-category.

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

  • Dryness from yin deficiency - dry skin, dry eyes, dry cough, dry stools/constipation.
  • Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, possible anxiety.
  • Other yin deficient symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes.

Gu Ben Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Use with caution during pregnancy.
  • Use with caution with patients that present with spleen qi deficiency.

Our shop contains gu ben wan from the following manufacturer:

  • Gu Ben Wan - Mayway
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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. Gu Ben Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

  • Dang Shen (Codonopsis Root) - Tonifies the middle warmer, augments the qi - lack of appet…
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  • Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogon Tuber) - Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry cough, coughing blood…
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  • Sheng Di Huang (Rehmannia) - Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongu…
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  • Shu Di Huang (Rehmannia, Chinese Foxglove Root) - This is the root of Sheng Di Huang (steamed and dried, or …
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  • Tian Men Dong (Asparagus Tuber) - Nourish kidney yin, clear lung heat - yin deficiency with …
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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. Gu Ben Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence lung dryness, lung yin deficiency and/or stomach yin deficiency.

    Gu Ben Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: constipation

    Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding gu ben wan.

    Yin energy is responsible for keeping the organs nourished and moistened.  Therefore when yin is chronicly low, dryness is the result.

    As noted above, gu ben wan is within the treat dryness functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "enrich the yin and moisten dryness", which contains the following formulas:

  • Bai He Gu Jin Wan (Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal) - General yin deficiency signs may present as night sweats, h…
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  • Mai Men Dong Yin Zi Wan (Ophiopogon and Trichosanthes Combination) - Lung and stomach yin deficiency - this is a modified versio…
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  • Tong Bian Wan (Constipation Pills) - Constipation from heat or fire that has damaged the yin flu…
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  • Yu Quan Wan (Jade Spring Pills) - Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin defici…
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    All formulas in the primary category of "treat dryness" are listed below.

    (truncated intro "...dryness in chinese medicine terms may be internal, generally arising from heat, or external arising from the season or environmental condit…)".

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