Tonify Qi


***Si Jun Zi Tang 四君子汤 12

**Shen Ling Bai Zhu San 参苓白朮散

***Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang 补中益气汤

***Sheng Mai San 生脉散 13

Si Jun Zi Tang

The Four Noble Ingredients Decoction


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Functions: To tonify Qi and strengthen the spleen

Indications: Deficiency of Qi in the spleen and stomach —- Pale face, weak voice, weakness of four limbs, loss of appetite, loose stool, pale tongue, thin and forceless pulse

Ren shen 10 g – sweet, warm, tonify primary qi, tonify SP/nourish ST

Bai zhu 9 g – bitter, warm, strengthen SP and dry damp 

Fu ling 9 g – sweet, bland, dissolve damp and strengthen SP

Gancao 6 g — harmonize


This the number one basic and important formula for fonifying qi. 


What is the difference between Lizhong Wan and Sijunzi Tang?

Liu jun zi tang = si jun zi tang + ban xia, chen pi

Xiang sha liu jun zi tang = liu ju zi tang + sha ren, mu xiang

Shen Ling Bai Zhu San


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Functions: strengthen SP, replenish qi, dissolve damp, stop diarrhea

Indications: deficiency of Qi in the spleen and stomach — loose stool, or diarrhea, loss of appetite, or vomiting, weakness of four limbs, thin body, oppressed sensation in the chest and abdomen, sallow complexion, pale tongue, white coating, thin and forceless pulse

Si jun zi Tang – tonify SP/ST

Bai bian dou, Yi yi ren, Shan yao – sweet, bland, strengthen SP, dry damp

Lianzi – sweet, astringent, strengthen SP, stop diarrhea

Sharen – pungent, warm, aromatic, invigorate SP

Jiegeng – carry other herbs to lung


What does Jiegeng do in this formula?

What are the herbs that can tonify SP and dry/dissolve damp? 


Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Decoction to Reinforce the Middle Jiao and Tonify Qi


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Functions:  To reinforce the middle jiao, tonify Qi, uplift Yang and relieve prolapse

Indications: Syndrome of deficiency of Qi in the spleen and stomach and prolapse of viscera due to sinking of Yang Qi –– 1) fever, spontaneous sweating, thirst (preference to warm drink), fatigue, laziness in speech, pale complexion, loose stool, P-weak, T-pale; 2) Prolapse of rectum, uterus, anus, chronic diarrhea, chronic dysentery, etc.


Huangqi 15-20 g – king, ascending, tonify SP qi

Renshen 10 g, Baizhu 10 g, Gancao 5 g — tonify SP qi

Jupi 6 g – regulate qi

Danggui 10 g – nourish blood

Shengma 3g, Chaihu 3g – raising sunk qi 


Why are Shengma and Chaihu used in this formula?

What do Jupi and danggui do in this formula?

Which herb is the king?

What are this formula’s indications?

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Functions: To tonify Qi and generate body fluids, astringe Yin and stop sweating.

Indications: 1) Deficiency of Qi and Yin due to summer-heat causing profuse sweating —- sweating, fatigue, shortness of breath, dry throat, thirst, weak/thin pulse;

 2) prolonged cough due to lung deficiency, damaging qi and yin —-  cough with little sputum, shortness of breath, spontaneous sweating, dry mouth and tongue, dry and little coating, weak and rapid or weak and thin pulse.


Renshen 10 g —- sweet, replenish LU and primary qi

Wuweizi 6 g —- sour, astringent, astringe LU and stop sweating

Maimendong 15 g —- sweet cold, nourish yin and generate fluid, clear def heat

Replenish LU + tonify HT + generate fluid

Applications: Coma, cardiac failure, neurasthenia and arrhythmia.


***Si Jun Zi Tang 四君子汤 12

**Shen Ling Bai Zhu San 参苓白朮散

***Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang 补中益气汤

***Sheng Mai San 生脉散 13