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Counterflow Pearls

Classical Name:
Xuanfu Yiguan Jian 旋覆一貫煎
General Support:
Cardiovascular, Chronic, Digestive, Metabolic
Formula Family:
Descending and Moistening with Pinellia and/or Apricot Seed, Overall Warming
Organ Systems:
Heart, Liver, Stomach
Six Stages:
Jueyin, Yangming
Descending and Moistening with Pinellia and/or Apricot Seed
Overall Warming


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The design of Counterflow Pearls is based on the classical remedy Xuanfu Daizhe Tang (Inula and Hematite Decoction), which first appeared in Zhang Zhongjing’s 2nd century herb primer, Shanghan lun (Treatise on Disorders Caused by Cold). Similar to its better known sister remedy, Banxia Xiexin Tang, it can restore counterflow of stomach qi that manifests as belching, hiccupping and heart burn. Due to the particular affinity of inula flower to the heart—the ancient herb text Tangye jing classified inula as a substance representing “fire within fire”--it is best suited to address the unique relationship of heart and stomach, which in cases of chronic reversal of stomach qi can result in the more serious pathology of elevated blood pressure. The addition of the 18th century remedies Yiguan Jian (Linking Decoction) and the 19th century Danshen Yin (Salvia Drink) also makes it suitable for patients suffering from pain in the chest or solarplexus region. Together, the herbs in this formula represent one of the more moistening combinations in the Classical Pearl series, and can treat a wide variety of disorders that require the tonification of yin in the stomach, lung, heart and/or liver networks.

  • Reverse counterflow of qi in Stomach channel
  • Nourish Heart and Liver yin, prevent upflaring of Heart and Liver yang
  • Soften sclerotic tissues in Stomach, Liver, and Heart
  • Tendency to elevated blood pressure
  • Heart burn
  • Elevated blood lipid levels
  • Chronic belching and/or hiccups
  • Digestive headaches (in yin deficient constitutional types)
  • Chronic liver problems affecting digestive function
  • Stomach pain/discomfort
  • Eye and vision problems
旋覆花 Xuanfuhua Inula
黛赭石 Daizeshi Hematite; vinegar processed
半夏 Banxia (jiang) Pinellia; ginger processed
生姜 Shengjiang Ginger; fresh
大棗 Dazao Jujube
北沙參 Beishashen Glehnia
甘草 Gancao Licorice
Xuanfu Daizhe Tang
枸杞子 Gouqizi Lycium fruit; infused in rice wine
麥門冬 Maimendong Ophiopogon
川煉子 Chuanlianzi Melia; steamed with rice wine
Yiguan Jian
丹參 Danshen (jiu) Salvia; wine fried
砂仁 Sharen (xi) Amomum, Burmese; sea salt fried
Danshen Yin
夏枯草 Xiakucao Prunella
何首烏 Heshouwu Polygonum; steamed in black beans
珍珠粉 Zhenzhu Fen Pearl powder
reverse counterflow of qi, neutralize reflux, balance blood pressure, calm spirit
For counterflow problems accompanied by swollen lymph glands use

Metal Pearls

For counterflow problems with a sensation of congestion in the chest and to support healthy emotional balance use

Metal Pearls

For reverse counterflow qi due to cold in the liver and stomach channel networks and subsequent disharmony between the brain gut axis use or combine with

Ginkgo Pearls

For heart and vascular support, especially in the elderly use or combine with

Heart Pearls

To disinhibit water stagnation resulting in counterflow qi combine or alternate with

Water Pearls

For increased blood lipid levels and elevated blood pressure combine or alternate with

Sugar Pearls

To promote healthy sleep and emotional balance combine with

Spirit Pearls

To promote nervous system health and brain function, especially in the elderly primarily use

Evergreen Pearls or Heart Pearls

Serving size: 3 capsules
Servings per contains: 30
Amount per serving: 1500mg

Proprietary blend containing pure herbal extracts of: Zingiber officinale rhizome (Shengjiang), Lycium chinense fruit (Gouqizi), Salvia miltiorrhiza root (Danshen), Polygonum multiflorum root (Heshouwu), Ophiopogon japonicus root (Maimendong), Glehnia littoralis root (Beishashen), Prunella vulgaris fruit spike (Xiakucao), Inula japonica flower (Xuanfuhua), Pinellia ternata rhizome cured (Jiang Banxia), Ziziphus jujuba fruit (Dazao), Glycyrrhiza glabra root (Gancao), Melia toosendan fruit (Chuanlianzi), Amomum villosum fruit (Xi Sharen), Haematitum (Daizheshi), Pteria martensii pearl (Zhenzhu)
* % Daily value not established Other ingredients: living green clay excipient, vegetable capsule
  • Infants: dissolved content of 1 capsule 1-2x/day
  • Children and pregnant women: 2-3 capsules 1-2x/day
  • Adults: 3-4 capsules 2-3x/day
  • Typical (adult) combination usage example: 4 Counterflow Pearls in morning, 4 Sugar Pearls in evening (for high cholesterol)