Li Dan Wan - Benefit The Gallbladder Pills

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Li Dan Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "li dan wan" , 利膽丸, which in english is "benefit the gallbladder pills", is categorized within the "expel dampness" functional grouping and within the "clear damp-heat" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Lidan Tablets, Relieve The Gallbladder Formula.

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

  • A range of gallbladder, liver and related digestive/obstructive issues - clears damp heat from the liver and gall bladder in TCM terms.  Symptoms may include gallstones and/or a range of digestive issues from poor gallbladder function – nausea, vomiting, jaundice. 
  • Hepatitis, particularly acute viral, along with other supportive formulas when arising from damp heat.

Li Dan Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid during pregnancy.

Our shop contains li dan wan from the following manufacturers:

($22.00) Add To Cart View Li Dan Wan - Mayway
View Li Dan Wan - Nuherbs

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. Li Dan Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

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…

ViewChai Hu (Thorowax Root, Bupleurum)

Clears shao yang disorders and reduces fever - alternating chills and fever, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, vomiting, stifling sensation in the chest. Relieves liver qi stagnation (often u…

ViewDa Huang (Rhubarb)

Drains heat and purges accumulations - high fever, profuse sweating, thirst, constipation, abdominal distention and pain, delirium, yellow tongue coating, full pulse which indicates intestinal heat e…

ViewDa Qing Ye (Woad Leaf, Indigo)

Clears heat, relieves toxicity - for any contagious febrile disease outbreak; also for fire toxin anywhere, but especially in the throat and lungs. Cools the blood, reduces blotches - skin eruptions…

ViewHuang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root, Scutellaria)

Clears heat, drains fire, especially from the upper warmer - heat patterns with fever, irritability, thirst, cough, thick, yellow sputum, hot sores and swellings. Clears heat, dries dampness - damp-…

ViewJin Qian Cao (Lysimachia, Whole Plant)

Promotes urination, important herb for stone lin syndromes (also helps for other lin types). Clears damp-heat in the liver and gallbladder - jaundice, red, swollen eyes. Reduces toxicity and swelli…

ViewJin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle Flower, Lonicera)

Clear heat, relieve toxic fire - hot, painful swellings in the throat, breast, eyes; intestinal abscesses. Expel wind-heat - fever, aversion to wind, sore throat, headache; also for summer-heat. Cl…

ViewMang Xiao (Glauber's Salt)

Purges accumulations, guides out stagnation - heat in the stomach and intestines with constipation; moistens dryness and softens hardness. Clears heat, reduces swelling - red, swollen, painful eyes,…

ViewMu Xiang (Costus Root)

Promotes the movement of Qi, alleviates pain - stagnant qi of the stomach and/or spleen causing lack of appetite, abdominal pain, distention, nausea; liver or gallbladder qi stagnation causing flank …

ViewYin Chen Hao (Yin Chen Hao Shoots and Leaves)

Main herb for Jaundice. Clears damp heat from the liver and gallbladder - relieves jaundice (either damp heat or cold). Clears heat, shao yang syndrome (intermittent fever and chills, bitter taste,…

ViewZhi Mu (Anemarrhena Rhizome)

Clears heat, drains fire - high fever, irritability, thirst, and a rapid flooding pulse in patterns of excessive heat in the lungs and/or stomach; cough due to lung heat with thick yellow sputum. No…

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. Li Dan Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence liver and gallbladder damp heat.

Li Dan Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: gallstones (cholelithiasis) and/or hepatitis (b or c)

As noted above, li dan wan is within the expel dampness functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "clear damp-heat", which contains the following formulas:

ViewBa Wei Dai Xia Fang (Eight Herb Powder for Vaginal Discharge)

Clearing damp heat in the lower warmer, particularly with underlying blood deficiency - vaginal disharge, vaginal itching, vaginal inflammation along with constipation, possibly anemia, low back pain…

ViewBa Zheng Wan (Eight Herb Powder for Rectification)

Painful urination when it arises from damp heat syndrome - urinary tract infections, leukorrhea, cystitis. Prostatitis when from damp heat.

ViewChen Xiang Hua Qi Wan (Aquilaria Qi Transforming Pills)

For spleen qi deficiency with damp heat accumulation in the lower.  The spleen system is effectively the western version of the digestive system.  The spleen is responsible for extracting the energy …

ViewJiang Dan Gu Chun Wan (Contribute To Youthfulness Pills)

For high cholesterol, generally focuses on strengthening metabolism, transforming dampness, tonifying spleen qi, and mildly moving blood stasis in Chinese Medicine terms.

ViewMu Xiang Shun Qi Wan (Saussurea Qi Promoting Pills)

Bloating, lower abdominal pain, sluggish bowels. Acid reflux/heartburn, nausea with possible vomitting after meals.

ViewSan Jin Wan (Triple Gold Pills)

Painful/burning or diffulty urination possibly with increased urgency due to damp heat accumulation. Dark or scanty urine. Urinary stones. Urinary tract infection.

ViewSi Miao Wan (Four Marvels Powder)

Damp-Heat Bi-Syndromes in Chinese Medicine terms - arthritis with hot swollen joints. With the right underlying diagnosis both osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis would respond. Gout. Weakness…

ViewWu Lin San Wan (Gardenia & Hoelen Formula)

Painful urination with cloudy or dark urine due to heat. Possibly blood in the urine -bright red blood not occult.

ViewXiang Lian Wan (Aucklandia and Coptis Pills)

Diarrhea expecially with bright blood or mucus and foul smelling resuling from damp heat. Nausea, abdominal cramps or bloating, with possible loss of appetite from damp accumulation. Vomitting, hic…

ViewYin Chen Hao Wan (Artemisiae Scopariae Decoction)

Used for a range of liver, gallbladder and pancreatic disorders arising from damp heat.  Symptoms such as jaundice, urinary difficulty, nausea, bloating and more. Western conditions could be cirrhos…

ViewYu Dai Wan (Cure Discharge Leucorrhea Pill)

Abnormal vaginal discharge - yellow or green colour, cottage-cheese like texture and foul smelling. Painful urination, burning, increased urgency/frequency.  Yeast infection.

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

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