Tong Bian Wan - Constipation Pills

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Tong Bian Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "tong bian wan" , 通畅丸, which in english is "constipation pills", is categorized within the "treat dryness" functional grouping and within the "enrich the yin and moisten dryness" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Tong Bian Pian, Tong Chang Wan.

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

  • Constipation from heat or fire that has damaged the yin fluids - dry hard pellet like stools, dark urine from dryness, feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen, flatulence (generally with a foul smell).

Tong Bian Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Use with caution during pregnancy.

Our shop contains tong bian wan from the following manufacturer:

($9.99) Add To Cart View Tong Bian 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. Tong Bian Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

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…

ViewDang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root)

Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea. Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold …

ViewHe Shou Wu (Polygonum, Fleeceflower Root)

Tonifies liver and kidney, nourishes blood, augments essence - yin and/or blood deficiency w/dizziness, blurred vision, prematurely grey hair, weakness in the lower back and knees, sore limbs, insomn…

ViewQiang Huo (Notopterygium Root)

Release exterior, disperse cold - useful with wind-cold and damp associated body/joint pain Guiding herb for the GV and Tai Yang Channels

ViewTao Ren (Peach Seed)

Breaks up blood stasis (important herb) - menstrual disorders, abdominal pain/masses, trauma, flank pain, lung abscess, intestinal abscess. Moistens intestines, unblock bowels - constipation due to …

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. Tong Bian Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence large intestine dryness.

Tong Bian 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 tong bian wan.

This formula is for dryness of the intestine caused by heat and not dryness due to yin deficiency. 

As noted above, tong bian 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:

ViewBai He Gu Jin Wan (Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal)

General yin deficiency signs may present as night sweats, heat in the soles and palms, and flusing. Cough/wheezing, possible blood in the sputum, dry and sore throat may present from lung yin and qi…

ViewGu Ben Wan (Replenish the Root Teapills)

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 s…

ViewMai Men Dong Yin Zi Wan (Ophiopogon and Trichosanthes Combination)

Lung and stomach yin deficiency - this is a modified version of Mai Men Dong Tang - fei wei (lung atrophy) syndrome in Chinese Medicine - dry cough from yin fluid damage, generally arises from defici…

ViewYu Quan Wan (Jade Spring Pills)

Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin deficiencies of the kidney and spleen most commonly seen in the advanced forms of diabetes type II - excessive thirst, excessive urination, strong…

All formulas in the primary category of "treat dryness" are listed below.

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