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Danggui San

Classical Name:
Tang-kuei Powder當歸散
General Support:
Chronic, Women's Health, Reproductive, Endocrine, Menopause, Digestive, Skin
Formula Family:
Regulating the Blood with Tang-Kuei
Organ Systems:
Liver, Spleen
Six Stages:
Jueyin, Taiyin
FGS:
Acute
FGS:
Women's Health
FGS:
Reproductive
FGS:
Endocrine
FGS:
Menopause
FGS:
Digestive
FGS:
Skin
FFF:
Regulating the Blood with Tang-Kuei

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About

Like the better-known Danggui Shaoyao San, this formula first appeared 1,850 years ago as part of the pregnancy chapter in Zhang Zhongjing’s classic formula compendium on complex disorders, Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jingui yaolüe). It is one of several remedies in Zhang’s textbook that combines the three Blood tonic herbs tang-kuei, peony, and ligusticum, making it another classical precursor to the universal Blood tonic Siwu Tang (Four Substance Decoction). On the other hand, it is the source for the following statement by the influential 14th century scholar-physician Zhu Danxi, which distinguishes the unique design of Danggui San clearly from other Blood tonics: “Huangqin and Baizhu are truly miraculous herbs for the health of a growing fetus; Huangqin is generally considered a cold substance unsuitable for pregnancy, when it is actually especially important at this time to clear heat and cool the Blood—only when Blood does not move erratically and thereby cause bleeding can it properly nourish the fetus.” Different from the more pathology-oriented Danggui Shaoyao San, therefore, Danggui San was recommended by Zhang Zhongjing as a daily preventative dietetic “that should be routinely imbibed during pregnancy.” While overshadowed by other remedies in the modern era, this formula continues to be the best preventative measure Chinese medicine has to offer during the first trimester of pregnancy. In addition, its simple and alchemically stable design makes Danggui San suitable for a host of other imbalances involving the Spleen, the Stomach and the Liver.

Therapeutic Principles

  • Nourish the Blood and emolliate the Liver
  • Build the Spleen and enhance fluid metabolism
  • Clear stomach heat (especially: clear “fetal heat” to prevent miscarriage)

Formula Architecture 

CHINESE PINYIN COMMON NAME; PAOZHI (PROCESSING) AMOUNT
(秦) 當歸 (酒洗) Danggui Tang-kuei, Gansu; wine rinsed 22.22%
白芍 Baishao Peony, white 22.22%
川芎 Chuanxiong Ligusticum 22.22%
白朮 (土炒) Baizhu Atractylodes, white; clay fried 11.11%
黃芩 Huangqin Scutellaria 22.22%

Supplement Facts

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

*Proprietary blend containing pure herbal extracts of:

Angelica sinensis root (Danggui), Paeonia lactiflora root (Baishao), Ligusticum chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong), Scutellaria baicalensis root (Huangqin), Atractylodes macrocephala rhizome (Baizhu)


* % Daily value not established

Other ingredients: living green clay excipient, vegetable capsule

Companion Remedies

SUITABLE FOR COMBINING

HERITAGE SERIES LEGACY SERIES
Shengmai San Amber Pearls
Wendan Tang Spirit Pearls
Banxia Houpo Tang Water Pearls
Fengsui Dan Lightning Pearls
Jingui Shenqi Wan Thunder Pearls
Shenxian Dushi Dan  

Similar Remedies

ALSO CONSOLIDATE SPLEEN QI AND BUILD LIVER BLOOD; ALTERNATION OPTIONS

HERITAGE SERIES LEGACY SERIES
Danggui Shaoyao San N/A
Bazhen Tang  
Wenjing Tang  
Shuyu Wan  
Buzhong Yiqi Tang  
Lizhong Wan