Ping Wei Wan - Calm the Stomach Powder

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Ping Wei Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "ping wei wan" , 平胃散, which in english is "calm the stomach powder", is categorized within the "expel dampness" functional grouping and within the "promote urination and leach out dampness" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Ping Wei San, Ping Wei Pian, Magnolia and Ginger Formula.

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

  • Damp cold stagnation in the middle jiao - poor appetite, indigestion, gastritis, loose stools, heavy sensation of the limbs, fatigue.
  • Can be used to induce labor with appropriate underlying diagnoses.

Ping Wei Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in pregnancy and in yin deficient and/or blood deficient cases due to the warming and drying nature.

Our shop contains ping wei wan from the following manufacturer:

View Ping Wei Pian - ActiveHerb

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. Ping Wei Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

ViewCang Zhu (Atractylodes)

Strongly dries dampness, strengthens spleen - low appetite, diarrhea, epigastric distention, fatigue, vomiting, greasy tongue coat. Expels wind-damp-cold (bi-syndrome) in extremities. Clears damp-h…

ViewChen Pi (Tangerine Peel)

Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen, relieves diaphragm - epigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting (promotes movement of qi in general; …

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…

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)…

ViewHou Po (Magnolia Bark)

Promotes movement of Qi, transforms dampness, resolves stagnation - dampness in spleen/stomach, food stagnation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distention (*important herb for this). Warms and transf…

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. Ping Wei Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence stomach cold and/or stomach dampness.

Ping Wei Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, diarrhea, digestive issues, fatigue, gastritis, indigestion and/or peptic ulcer

As noted above, ping wei wan is within the expel dampness functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "promote urination and leach out dampness", which contains the following formulas:

ViewBi Xie Fen Qing Yin Wan (Dioscorea Formula To Separate The Clear)

Generally for painful urination issues (gao lin) that arises from kidney yang deficiency. With related kidney yang deficiency pattern - chronic urinary tract infections, leukorrhea, vaginal thrush. …

ViewFang Ji Huang Qi Wan (Stephania and Astragalus Teapills)

Wind damp / wind edema (feng shui, literally "wind water") patterns, generally acute - heavy sensation of the body, superficial edema, difficulty with urination - idiopathic edema, ascites. Weak wei…

ViewLi Niao Pai Shi Wan (Water Stone Removal Pill)

 Useful for a range of calcifications/stones - kidney stones, bladder stones, ureter stones and when the underlying pathology is appropriate gallstones.  Generally involves collections of damp heat i…

ViewWu Ling San Wan (Five-Ingredient Powder with Poria)

Generally used, often in conjunction with other formulas, as a mild-diuretic and mild spleen strengthening formula - for edema from spleen qi deficiency primarily.

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

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