Yi Gan Wan - Restrain The Liver Powder

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Yi Gan Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "yi gan wan" , 抑肝散, which in english is "restrain the liver powder", is categorized within the "harmonize" functional grouping and within the "regulate and harmonize the liver and spleen" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Liver Repressing Formula, Bupleurum Formula.

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

  • Anxiety, palpitations, easily frightened, alternating fevers/chills; heat from deficiency in the liver.
  • Originally designed for Children who had issues such as anger, fright, fevers, insomnia, digestive issues, etc. from liver blood - used in modern times due to modern lifestyles.
  • May show epigastric issues such as bloating, possibly with vomiting of mucus.

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. Yi Gan Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

  • Bai Zhu (Atractylodes (White) Rhizome) - Tonifies the spleen, augments qi, dries dampness - diarrhea…
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  • Chai Hu (Thorowax Root, Bupleurum) - Clears shao yang disorders and reduces fever - alternating …
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  • Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root) - Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis…
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  • Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) - Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen comple…
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  • Fu Ling (Poria, China Root) - Promotes urination, drains dampness, transforms phlegm - ur…
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  • Gan Cao (Licorice Root) - Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/s…
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  • Gou Teng (Gambir Vine Stems and Thorns) - Extinguishes wind and alleviates spasms - spasms, muscle tr…
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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. Yi Gan Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence liver blood deficiency.

    Yi Gan Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, anxiety, digestive issues, epigastric pain, epilepsy (seizure), fear, generalized anxiety disorder (gad) and/or insomnia

    Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding yi gan wan.

    • May be most useful when taken before bedtime.
    • As it is a relatively mild formula may also be combined (for example) with other shen calming formulas such as tian wan bu xin wan or strengthening formulas such as bu zhong yi qi wan, among many other possibilities, as appropriate.

    As noted above, yi gan wan is within the harmonize functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "regulate and harmonize the liver and spleen", which contains the following formulas:

  • Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan (Bupleurum Powder to Spread the Liver) - Liver qi stagnation signs - hypochondriac tension, abdomina…
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  • Da Bu Gan Wan (Major Liver Nutrition Pills) - Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice). Abdominal…
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  • Jiang Ya Wan (Repress The Blood Pressure Pills) - Hypertension particularly with ascendent yang and heat sign…
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  • Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan (Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction) - A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - simi…
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  • Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer Pills) - Derived from the base formula, xiao yao wan, an important f…
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  • Pian Tou Tong Wan (Migraine Pills) - Headaches and/or migraines caused by liver yang or liver fi…
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  • Ping Gan Liu Qi Yin Wan (Dang Gui And Pinellia Combination) - Liver qi stagnation with blood deficiency heat - signs of…
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  • Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan (Peony and Licorice Decoction) - Cramping and/or muscle spasms that are due to fluid deficie…
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  • Shu Gan Wan (Liver Comfort Pills) - Abdominal and/or Hypochondriac pain, cramps or spasms resul…
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  • Si Ni San Wan (Frigid Extremities Powder Pills) - Important formula for liver qi stagnation - manifesting as …
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  • Tong Xie Yao Fang Wan (Important Pills for Painful Diarrhea / Calm Wind Pills) - Diarrhea, particularly with abdominal cramping. Diarrhea w…
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  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction) - Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating f…
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  • Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer) - Depression, anxiety, loss of motivation - resulting from li…
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    All formulas in the primary category of "harmonize" are listed below.

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