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Fengsui Dan

Classical Name:
Consolidate the Essence Pellet封髓丹
General Support:
Chronic, Acute, Endocrine, Immune, Mental-Emotional, Reproductive, Urinary, Digestive, Menopause, Neurological, Gu Syndrome
Formula Family:
Overall Cooling
Organ Systems:
Kidney
Six Stages:
Shaoyin
FGS:
Chronic
FGS:
Acute
FGS:
Endocrine
FGS:
Immune
FGS:
Mental-Emotional
FGS:
Reproductive
FGS:
Urinary
FGS:
Digestive
FGS:
Menopause
FGS:
Neurological
FGS:
Gu Syndrome
FFF:
Overall Cooling

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About

The unique design of Fengsui Dan was first recorded in the 13th century pharmacological encyclopedia, Prescriptions from the Imperial Apothecary (Yuyaoyuan fang). The popularity of the remedy in certain contemporary herbal circles, however, is mostly due to the influence of the Qing dynasty scholar-physician Zheng Qin’an, who featured Fengsui Dan prominently in his treatise True Transmission of the Fundamental Principles of Medicine (Yili zhenchuan). Since the late 19th century, the formula has thus become known as one of the core remedies of the Sichuan Fire Spirit School of Chinese Herbal Medicine (Huoshen Pai) that traces its lineage back to Zheng—a medical philosopher who emphasized the pivotal importance of the body’s yang qi. Along with Qianyang Dan (Submerge the Yang Pellet), another landmark remedy recorded in the same work, this formula focuses primarily on restoring the downward momentum of physiological yang qi. But rather than utilizing the down-drawing capacity of the hot and pungent root aconite, the design of Fengsui Dan features large amounts of the cold and bitter bark phellodendron bark. The unusually prominent role of phellodendron bark in this formula stems from its Daoist reputation of containing the essence of the “Three Functional Realms” (sancai), namely Heaven, Earth and Humanity and the associated therapeutic effect on all three burning spaces of the body—by virtue of having a natural affinity to the Heart via its bitter flavor, to the Kidney via its cold temperature, and to the Spleen via its yellow color. The remedy, moreover, uniquely highlights phellodendron bark's sub-function of “firming up the Kidney and consolidating essence”. By pairing this herb with the distinctly downward momentum of a rare variety of wild-crafted cardamon (Xi Sharen, Amomum villosum), Fengsui Dan can be used as a base formula for a wide range of pathologies caused by “disconnection of Fire and Water”. While Zheng Qin’an himself described the clinical indications for this formula in very similar fashion to those of Qianyang Dan, it should be noted that the ingredients in Fengsui Dan are distinctly cooler in nature. Appropriate prescription of this formula, therefore, requires obvious signs of false heat in the upper part of the body. The typical Qianyang Dan patient, in contrast, exhibits more cold and yang deficiency symptoms in the lower part of the body. In order to avoid confusion and harness the unique benefits of both approaches, the Yunnan branch of the Fire Spirit School often combines both remedies in the form of Qianyang Fengsui Dan (Submerge Yang and Consolidate Essence Pellet).

Therapeutic Principles

  • Descend deficiency heat by reversing flare-up of the body’s original “Dragon Fire” (longhuo, a Fire Spirit School term for flaring Kidney yang), reconnect Fire and Water by harmonizing the up/down dynamics of Heart and Kidney
  • Restore the Kidney’s function of drawing qi into the lower dantian, consolidate essence

Formula Architecture 

CHINESE PINYIN COMMON NAME; PAOZHI (PROCESSING) AMOUNT
黃檗 (鹽制) Huangbo Phellodendron bark; salt treated 50.00%
(西) 砂仁 (Xi) Sharen Amomum, Myanmar 35.00%
甘草 (枣花蜜炙) Zhi Gancao Licorice; jujube flower honey baked 15.00%

Supplement Facts

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

*Proprietary blend containing pure herbal extracts of:

Phellodendron chinense stem bark (Huangbai), Amomum villosum fruit (Xi Sharen), Glycyrrhiza glabra root honey baked (Zhi Gancao)


* % Daily value not established

Other ingredients: living green clay excipient, vegetable capsule

Companion Remedies

SUITABLE FOR COMBINING

HERITAGE SERIES LEGACY SERIES
Qianyang Dan Golden Pearls
Jingui Shenqi Wan Cinnamon Pearls
Yin Qiao San Bamboo Pearls
Xiao Chaihu Tang Ease Pearls
Chaihu Jia Longgu Muli Tang Release Pearls
Chaihu Guizhi Ganjiang Tang Earth Pearls
Guizhi Tang Water Pearls
Wuling San Wind Pearls
Guizhi Fuling Wan Glacier Pearls
Xuefu Zhuyu Tang Metal Pearls
Dahuang Zhechong Wan Counterflow Pearls
Biejia Jian Wan Balance Pearls
Wendan Tang Lightning Pearls
Banxia Xiexin Tang Thunder Pearls
Banxia Houpo Tang Sugar Pearls
Lizhong Wan Tiger Pearls
Bazhen Tang Ocean Pearls
Danggui San Guanyin Pearls
Danggui Shaoyao San Peace Pearls
Wenjing Tang Vitality Pearls
Shuyu Wan Heart Pearls
Shenxian Dushi Dan Moon Pearls

Similar Remedies

ALSO CLEARING HEAT WITH YELLOW/BITTER HERBS AND CONSOLIDATING UPFLARING KIDNEY QI; ALTERNATION OPTIONS

HERITAGE SERIES LEGACY SERIES
N/A Dragon Pearls
  Serpent Pearls