Wen Dan Wan - Warm the Gallbladder Formula

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Wen Dan Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "wen dan wan" , 温胆丸, which in english is "warm the gallbladder formula", is categorized within the "treat phlegm" functional grouping and within the "clear heat and transform phlegm" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Wen Dan Tang, Warm The Gallbladder Pills, Rising Courage Teapills.

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

  • Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other shen disturbances caused by phlegm misting the mind.
  • Seizures, convulsions or other types of involuntary muscle contractions that are caused by phlegm and heat.
  • Nausea, vomitting, abdominal discomfort resulting from disharmony of the stomach and gallbladder/liver.
  • Vertigo, dizziness or light-headedness.

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

  • Use with caution with patients that present with yin or blood deficiency.

Our shop contains wen dan wan from the following manufacturers:

($12.00) Add To Cart View Wen Dan Tang - Sun Ten (BBD 7/2022)
($9.99) Add To Cart View Wen Dan 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. Wen Dan Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

ViewBan Xia (Pinellia Rhizome)

Dries dampness, transforms cold-phlegm, descends rebellious qi - cough with copious sputum especially due to dampness of spleen. Harmonizes stomach, stops vomiting due to lingering phlegm-dampness i…

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; …

ViewFu Ling (Poria, China Root)

Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - urinary difficulty, diarrhea, edema, headache, dizziness, greasy tongue coat. Strengthens the spleen, harmonizes the middle jiao - diarrhea, …

ViewZhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root)

This preparation increases the qi tonifying aspects of the heart and spleen along with its general harmonizing function within formulas.  See Gan Cao for complete information.

ViewZhi Shi (Immature Bitter Orange)

Breaks up Qi stagnation, reduces accumulations, transforms phlegm - epigastric or abdominal pain and distention or indigestion w/focal distention or gas. Directs qi downward and unblocks bowels - fr…

ViewZhu Ru (Bamboo Shavings)

Clears and transforms phlegm-heat - thick sputum, stifling sensation in the chest, coughing up blood. Clears heat from the stomach, stops vomiting (good choice for different types including morning …

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. Wen Dan Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence liver and gallbladder damp heat and/or phlegm misting the heart.

Wen Dan Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: anxiety, depression, dizziness (vertigo), insomnia and/or palpitations

As noted above, wen dan wan is within the treat phlegm functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "clear heat and transform phlegm", which contains the following formulas:

ViewDing Chuan Wan (Calm Wheezing Pills)

Directs the lung qi downward and clears phlegm heat from the lungs.  Typically used for the condition of wind cold blocking the exterior with internal accumulation of phlegm heat - which may involve …

ViewQing Fei Wan (Clear The Lungs Decoction)

Clears heat and phlegm and replenishes lung yin - chronic cough, generally with thicker yellow mucus, sore throat. With the right factors aspiration pneumonia, pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis,…

ViewQing Qi Hua Tan Wan (Clear the Qi and Transform Phlegm Pill)

Cough with thick yellow or green phlegm, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and possible fullness of the chest due to damp heat accumulation in the lungs.

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

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