Families of Formulae

This section will present the main "families" of formulae grouped according to condition treated in a tabular form for quick reference. The "families" of formulae considered will be those for the following conditions or patterns:

  1. Bi Syndrome
  2. Mental-emotional problems
  1. Headaches
  2. Phlegm
  1. Digestive problems
  2. Deficiency conditions
  1. Eye Problems
  2. Dampness

1. Bi Syndrome

The main formulae for Bi Syndrome are:

  • Brocade Sinews™
  • Nourish the Root and Clear Wind™
  • Clear Channels™
  • Invigorate the Root™
  • Benefit the Sinews™

The formulae are compared and contrasted below. Please note that all formulae will treat Wind-Dampness in the joints and this has been omitted from the Patterns to concentrate on highlighting the differences between the formulae.

The main formulae for Bi Syndrome are:


Brocade Sinews™

Pattern:
Liver-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Chronic Bi, especially in women

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Choppy

Nourish the Root and Clear Wind™

Pattern:
Liver and Kidney-Yin deficiency

Indications:
Chronic Bi in the elderly

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Clear Channels™

Pattern:
Damp-Heat in the joints

Indications:
Acute or sub-acute joint pain with swelling, ache and redness of joints

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Sticky-yellow coating
Pulse: Slippery

Invigorate the Root™

Pattern:
Spleen and Kidney-Yang deficiency

Indications:
Chronic lower backache and knee-ache

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Weak-Deep

Benefit the Sinews™

Pattern:
Phlegm and Blood stasis in joints

Indications:
Chronic joint pain with swelling and joint deformities

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen
Pulse: Slippery


2. Mental-emotional problems

The main formulae for Mental-emotional problems are:

  • Brocade Sinews™
  • Release Constraint (Freeing Constraint)™
  • Freeing the Sun™
  • Clear the Soul™
  • Open the Heart™
  • Calm the Shen™
  • Root the Spirit™
  • Breaking Clouds™
  • Freeing the Moon®
  • Heavenly Empress™
  • Settling the Soul™
  • Nourish the Soul™
  • Searching Soul™
  • Bright Spirit™

Formulae for mental-emotional problems:


Release Constraint™

Pattern:
Liver-Qi stagnation

Indications:
Depression, irritability, moodiness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Slightly red sides
Pulse: Wiry

Clear the Soul™

Pattern:
Phlegm-Heat in Lungs and Heart, Shen obstructed

Indications:
Anxiety, worry, insomnia, feeling oppression in chest

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen
Pulse: Slippery

Open the Heart™

Pattern:
Heart-Qi stagnation

Indications:
Anxiety, worry, insomnia, feeling oppression in chest

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: No change
Pulse: Slightly Wiry on HE pulse

Calm the Shen™

Pattern:
Spleen, Liver and Heart-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Anxiety, insomnia, depression

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Choppy

Root the Spirit™

Pattern:
Liver-Yin deficiency, Hun unsettled

Indications:
Insomnia

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: No coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Breaking Clouds™

Pattern:
Spleen and Kidney-Qi deficiency

Indications:
Depression

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Weak

Freeing the Moon®

Pattern:
Liver-Blood and Spleen-Qi deficiency, Liver-Qi stagnation

Indications:
Depression, irritability, moodiness, pre-menstrual tension

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale or normal
Pulse: Fine on right, slightly Wiry on left

Freeing the Sun™

Pattern:
Liver-Qi stagnation turning into Heat

Indications:
Irritability, moodiness, propensity to anger

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Red on sides
Pulse: Wiry

Heavenly Empress™

Pattern:
Heart and Kidney-Yin deficiency with Heart Empty Heat

Indications:
Insomnia, anxiety, mental restlessness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Red without coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty, Rapid

Settling the Soul™

Pattern:
Phlegm-Fire in Heart and Liver, Hun unsettled (from Shi), Shen obstructed

Indications:
"Manic behaviour", active at night, anxiety, mental restlessness, talking a lot, laughing

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Red, Swollen, sticky-yellow coating
Pulse: Slippery, Rapid

Nourish the Soul™

Pattern:
Liver, Kidney and Heart-Yin deficiency, Hun unsettled (from Xu)

Indications:
Insomnia, mental restlessness, slight "manic behaviour"

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: No coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Searching Soul™

Pattern:
Liver-Blood, Liver-Qi, and Kidney-Yang deficiency, Hun not "going"

Indications:
Depression

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Weak

Bright Spirit™

Pattern:
Phlegm and Qi stagnation in Lungs and Heat, Shen obstructed, Hun not "going"

Indications:
Depression, confusion

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen
Pulse: Slippery


3. Headaches

The main formulae for chronic headaches are:

  • Bend Bamboo™
  • Brighten the Eyes™
  • Clear Yang™

Of course there are very many other formulae that can treat headaches, but the above are the three formulae that are specifically for chronic headaches.

The main formulae for headaches are:


Bend Bamboo™

Pattern:
Liver-Yang rising, Liver-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Chronic headaches from Liver-Yang rising, dizziness, irritability

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale or normal
Pulse: Fine and slightly Wiry

Brighten the Eyes™

Pattern:
Liver-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Chronic, dull headaches, blurred vision, dizziness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Choppy

Clear Yang™

Pattern:
Liver-Yang rising, Phlegm in head, Kidney deficiency

Indications:
Chronic headaches from Liver-Yang rising and Phlegm, dizziness, muzziness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen
Pulse: Slippery and Wiry


4. Phlegm

The main formulae for Phlegm are:

  • Limpid Sea™
  • Clear the Soul™
  • Clear Yang™
  • Benefit Sinews™
  • Settling the Soul™
  • Harmonize the Centre™
  • Bright Spirit™

Formulae for Phlegm:


Limpid Sea™

Pattern:
Phlegm

Indications:
Sputum in throat, feeling of oppression of the chest

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen
Pulse: Slippery

Clear the Soul™

Pattern:
Phlegm-Heat in Lungs and Heart

Indications:
Sputum in throat, feeling of oppression of the chest, anxiety

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen, sticky-yellow coating
Pulse: Slippery

Clear Yang™

Pattern:
Phlegm, Liver-Yang rising, Kidney deficiency

Indications:
Sputum in throat, feeling of oppression of the chest, headaches

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen
Pulse: Slippery or Wiry

Benefit Sinews™

Pattern:
Phlegm in the joints

Indications:
Sputum in throat, feeling of oppression of the chest, pain and deformity of joints

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen
Pulse: Slippery

Settling the Soul™

Pattern:
Phlegm-Heat in Liver and Heart

Indications:
Sputum in throat, feeling of oppression of the chest, insomnia, "manic behaviour"

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Red, Swollen
Pulse: Slippery-Rapid

Harmonize the Centre™

Pattern:
Phlegm in the Stomach, Qi and Yin Xu of Stomach and Spleen, Blood stasis

Indications:
Sputum in throat, feeling of oppression of the chest, digestive problems, Type-II diabetes

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen
Pulse: Slippery or Soggy

Bright Spirit™

Pattern:
Phlegm in Lungs and Heart, Qi stagnation

Indications:
Sputum in throat, feeling of oppression of the chest, anxiety, depression

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Swollen
Pulse: Slippery or Wiry


5. Digestive Problems

The main formulae for Digestive Problems are:

  • Soothe the Centre™
  • Prosperous Earth™
  • Central Mansion™
  • Drain Fields™
  • Ease the Muscles™
  • Smooth Passage™
  • Jade Spring™
  • Break into a Smile™
  • Buddha's Hand™
  • Harmonize the Centre™

Formulae for digestive problems:


Soothe the Centre™

Pattern:
Spleen-Qi deficiency, Qi stagnation in Middle Burner, Dampness

Indications:
Epigastric ache, distension and fullness, tiredness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale, sticky coating
Pulse: Soggy

Prosperous Earth™

Pattern:
Spleen-Qi deficiency

Indications:
Tiredness, poor appetite, loose stools

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Weak

Central Mansion™

Pattern:
Qi and Yin deficiency of Stomach and Spleen, Dampness

Indications:
Loose stools, diarrhoea, tiredness, poor appetite

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Rootless coating
Pulse: Soggy

Drain Fields™

Pattern:
Dampness in Middle Burner

Indications:
Epigastric fullness and ache

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Sticky coating
Pulse: Slippery

Ease the Muscles™

Pattern:
Damp-Heat in Middle Burner

Indications:
Epigastric fullness and ache, thirst

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: sticky-yellow coating
Pulse: Slippery

Smooth Passage™

Pattern:
Spleen-Qi deficiency, Liver-Qi stagnation, Dampness in Intestines

Indications:
Abdominal pain and distension, irritable bowel

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Sticky coating
Pulse: Soggy or Slippery or Wiry

Jade Spring™

Pattern:
Stomach, Spleen and Lung-Yin deficiency

Indications:
Slight epigastric ache, dry mouth desire to drink in small sips

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: No coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Break into a Smile™

Pattern:
Liver-Qi stagnation in Lower Burner

Indications:
Lower abdominal distension and pain

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Slightly red sides
Pulse: Wiry

Buddha's Hand™

Pattern:
Qi stagnation in Middle Burner, rebellious Stomach-Qi, Dampness

Indications:
Belching, acid regurgitation hiccup, nausea, vomiting, epigastric distension and fullness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Sticky coating
Pulse: Wiry on right Guan (ST position)

Harmonize the Centre™

Pattern:
Qi and Yin deficiency of Stomach and Spleen, Phlegm in Stomach, Blood stasis

Indications:
Poor digestion, obesity, Type-II diabetes

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: No coating or rootless coating
Pulse: Soggy or Slippery or Floating-Empty

6. Deficiency Conditions
Yang

The main formulae to tonify Yang are:

  • Strengthen the Root™
  • Unicorn Pearl™
  • Herbal Sentinel -Yang™

Formulae to tonify Yang:


Strengthen the Root™

Pattern:
Kidney-Yang deficiency

Indications:
Backache, dizziness, frequent urination, tiredness, cold feeling

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Weak-Deep

Unicorn Pearl™

Pattern:
Kidney-Yang deficiency, Liver-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Backache, dizziness, frequent urination, tiredness, cold feeling, more for women

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Weak-Deep

Herbal Sentinel-Yang™

Pattern:
Kidney and Lung-Yang deficiency

Indications:
Propensity to colds, allergic rhinitis or asthma, tiredness, cold feeling

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Weak-Deep


Yin

The main formulae to tonify Yin are:

  • Nourish the Root™
  • Growing Jade™
  • Herbal Sentinel - Yin™
  • Jade Spring™
  • Root the Spirit™
  • Nourish the Soul™
  • Heavenly Empress™

Formulae to tonify Yin:


Nourish the Root™

Pattern:
Kidney-Yin deficiency

Indications:
Lower backache, dizziness, tinnitus, dry throat, feeling of heat

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Growing Jade™

Pattern:
Liver and Kidney-Yin deficiency

Indications:
Lower backache, dizziness, tinnitus, dry throat, feeling of heat, more for women

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Herbal Sentinel-Yin™

Pattern:
Lung and Kidney-Yin deficiency

Indications:
Lower backache, dizziness, tinnitus, dry throat, feeling of heat, propensity to cold, allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Jade Spring™

Pattern:
Lung, Stomach and Spleen-Yin deficiency

Indications:
Dry throat, dry mouth with desire to sip, dry stools, dry cough

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating, ST crack
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Root the Spirit™

Pattern:
Liver-Yin deficiency, Hun unsettled

Indications:
Insomnia

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Nourish the Soul™

Pattern:
Liver, Kidney and Heart-Yin deficiency, Hun unsettled (from Xu)

Indications:
Insomnia, mental restlessness, slight “manic” behaviour

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

Heavenly Empress™

Pattern:
Heart and Kidney-Yin deficiency with Heart Empty Heat

Indications:
Insomnia, anxiety, mental restlessness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty


Qi

The main formulae to tonify Qi are:

  • Prosperous Earth™
  • Central Mansion™

Formulae to tonify Qi:


Prosperous Earth™

Pattern:
Spleen-Qi deficiency

Indications:
Tiredness, desire to lie down, dislike to speak, loose stools

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Weak

Central Mansion™

Pattern:
Qi and Yin deficiency of Stomach and Spleen, Dampness

Indications:
Tiredness, diarrhoea, desire to lie down, dislike to speak

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Soggy

Blood

The main formulae to norish the Blood are:

  • Precious Sea™
  • Brighten The Eyes™
  • Brocade Sinews™
  • Calm The Shen™
  • Glorious Sea™

Formulae to nourish Blood:


Precious Sea™

Pattern:
Liver-Blood and Spleen-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Tiredness, blurred vision, dizziness, numbness, scanty periods

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Choppy

Brighten The Eyes™

Pattern:
Liver-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Blurred vision, dizziness, dry eyes, diminished vision

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Choppy

Brocade Sinews™

Pattern:
Liver-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Joint ache, better with rest

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Choppy

Calm The Shen™

Pattern:
Liver, Spleen and Heart-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Insomnia, anxiety, depression

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Choppy

Glorious Sea™

Pattern:
Liver-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Chronic skin problem, dry skin

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Choppy


7. Eye Problems

The main formulae for eye problems are:

  • Brighten the Eyes™
  • Bend Bamboo™
  • Drain Fire™
  • Nourish Root™

Formulae for eye problems:


Brighten the Eyes™

Pattern:
Liver-Blood deficiency

Indications:
Blurred vision, dry eyes, diminished vision, diminished night vision, dizziness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Choppy

Bend Bamboo™

Pattern:
Liver-Blood deficiency, Liver-Yang rising

Indications:
Blurred vision, dry eyes, diminished vision, diminished night vision, red eyes, dizziness, headache

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale or normal
Pulse: Wiry or Fine-Wiry

Drain Fire™

Pattern:
Liver-Fire

Indications:
Dry eyes, red eyes, swollen eyelids, painful eyes

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Red, redder on sides, yellow coating
Pulse: Wiry-Rapid

Nourish Root™

Pattern:
Liver and Kidney-Yin deficiency

Indications:
Dry eyes, blurred vision, diminished vision, diminished night vision, dizziness tinnitus

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating
Pulse: Floating-Empty

8. Dampness

The main formulae for Dampness are:

  • Ease the Muscles™
  • Drain Fields™
  • Soothe the Centre™
  • Buddha's Hand™
  • Central Mansion™
  • Smooth Passage™
  • Separate Clear and Turbid™
  • Clear the Root™
  • Water Passages™
  • Welcome Fragrance™

Formulae for Dampness:


Ease the Muscles™

Pattern:
Damp-Heat in Stomach and Spleen and in muscles

Indications:
Epigastric fullness, nausea, thirst, sticky taste, muscle ache

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Thick sticky-yellow coating
Pulse: Slippery

Drain Fields™

Pattern:
Dampness in Stomach and Spleen and in muscles

Indications:
Epigastric fullness, muscle ache, sticky taste

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: thick sticky-white coating
Pulse: Slippery

Soothe the Centre™

Pattern:
Dampness in Stomach and Spleen, Spleen-Qi deficiency, Qi stagnation

Indications:
Epigastric fullness and distension, poor digestion, tiredness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Sticky coating, teethmarks, Pale
Pulse: Soggy

Buddha's Hand™

Pattern:
Rebellious Stomach-Qi, Qi stagnation, Dampness in Stomach and Spleen

Indications:
Belching, epigastric fullness, nausea

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Sticky coating
Pulse: Slippery or Wiry on Stomach position

Central Mansion™

Pattern:
Qi and Yin deficiency of Stomach and Spleen, Dampness Middle Burner

Indications:
Poor digestion, diarrhoea, tiredness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Pale, rootless coating or sticky coating
Pulse: Soggy

Smooth Passage™

Pattern:
Dampness and Qi stagnation Lower Burner, Spleen-Qi deficiency

Indications:
Alternation of constipation and loose stools, abdominal distension and fullness

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: May have red sides, sticky coating
Pulse: Slippery or Wiry

Separate Clear and Turbid™

Pattern:
Dampness in the Bladder

Indications:
Urinary difficulty, frequent urination

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Sticky coating on root
Pulse: Slippery on Chi position left

Clear the Root™

Pattern:
Dampness in Lower Burner, Blood stasis

Indications:
Prostate hypertrophy, urinary difficulty

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Sticky coating on root with red spots
Pulse: Slippery

Water Passages™

Pattern:
Dampness in the Bladder, Kidney deficiency

Indications:
Chronic urinary difficulty and frequency, lower backache, dizziness, tinnitus

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Without coating in centre, sticky coating on root
Pulse: Weak, slightly slippery on left chi position

Welcome Fragrance™

Pattern:
Dampness in nose and sinuses

Indications:
Sinusitis, thick-yellow-bloody nasal discharge, ache face and forehead

Tongue / Pulse:
Tongue: Sticky coating
Pulse: Slippery