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Metal Pearls

Classical Name:
Lijin Tang 利金湯
General Support:
Acute, Cardiovascular, Chronic, Digestive, Gu Syndrome, Immune System, Metabolic, Respiratory
Formula Family:
Descending and Moistening with Pinellia and/or Apricot Seed, Overall Cooling
Organ Systems:
Gall Bladder, Heart, Large Intestine, Lung, Stomach
Six Stages:
Taiyin, Yangming
Gu Syndrome
Immune System
Descending and Moistening with Pinellia and/or Apricot Seed
Overall Cooling


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Based on the case histories of the Northern Chinese master physician Dr. Wu Sheng’an (whose approach to difficult and recalcitrant diseases reflects the lineages of the imperial court physician Zhu Mulin and the middle/upper burner teachings of the 18th century clinician Huang Kunzai), this unique herb combination represents a primary way to regulate symptoms of stuck qi by reversing physical and emotional counterflow via the Lung and yangming networks, transforming phlegm, and nourishing Lung yin.

  • Disinhibit downward momentum of the LU/LI and related organ networks; clear physical and/or emotional stagnation in head, throat and chest areas; clear skin
  • Transform phlegm in the GB/ST, encourage downward draining function of all fu organs
  • Promote the flow of qi and blood by disinhibiting the “vessel opening” function of the LU
  • Regulate qi and fluid metabolism in upper and middle burners; alleviate lymphatic congestion by clearing fluid stagnation
  • Resolve toxic accumulation, prevent degeneration in lymphatic and vascular systems
  • Nourish LU yin, calm shen, ease emotional stress
  • Acute and chronic counterflow symptoms in the metal organ systems, i.e. chest and throat congestion, cough, wheezing, shortness of breath; constipation; skin conditions; chronic inflammation in the head and sensory orifices
  • Inhibited ability of the LU to execute its function of  “opening the 100 vessels,” manifesting as symptoms reflecting sluggish flow of qi, blood, and fluids: i.e., swollen lymph glands, chest pain, vascular calcifications and other forms of blood vessel obstruction
  • Inhibited ability of the LU to execute its function of being “the upper source of water,” manifesting as symptoms of disrupted fluid metabolism: i.e. inhibited urination, edema
  • Symptoms indicating disharmony between LV/GB and ST: i.e., bloating, blood sugar instability, heartburn
  • Toxic accumulations in lymph and vascular systems: i.e., plaque formation
  • Emotional symptoms of counterflow and stagnation: sensation of being stuck and overwhelmed, indecisiveness, grief/sadness, frequent sighing
  • Slippery pulse in LU position (right cun)
射干 Shegan Belamcanda
桔梗 Jiegeng Platycodon; steeped in rice soup
(苦)杏仁 Xingren Apricot seed; fried
(姜制) 僵蚕 Jiangcan Bombyx batryticatus; ginger processed
She Jie Xing Chong Tang (Imperial Court lineage formula)
(法) 半夏 (Fa) Banxia Pinellia; lime processed
茯苓 Fuling Poria
陈皮 Chenpi Citrus peel; aged at least 3 years
黄芩 Huangqin Scutellaria; dry fried
白芍(炒) Baishao Peony, white; fried in aged clay
Pingjia Tang - Erchen Tang modification (Imperial Court lineage formula)
百合 Baihe Lily bulb
滑石 Huashi Talcum
Baihe Huashi Tang
For cases of copious amounts of colored phlegm in the chest and sinuses use

Golden Pearls

For external wind invasion with symptoms of sore throat use

Perilla Pearls

For lung conditions involving toxic heat phlegm combine with

Dragon Pearls

For chronic respiratory conditions involving yang deficiency use or combine with

Cinnamon Pearls

For wheezing combine with

Water Pearls

For general detox treatment “flushing” the lymph and liver combine with

Ease Pearls

For acid reflux, increased blood lipid levels and elevated blood pressure use or combine with

Counterflow Pearls

For chronic degenerative liver conditions use or combine with

Evergreen PearlsMama PearlsSugar Pearls or Ease Pearls

For thyroid conditions accompanied by signs of yang deficiency combine with

Vitality Pearls

For thyroid conditions accompanied by signs of stagnant heat and yin deficiency combine with

Ease Pearls

For the promotion of healthy uterine tissue use or combine with

Moon Pearls

For toxic accumulations in the lower burner use or combine with

Ocean Pearls

For lymphatic congestion in the breast area combine with

Mama Pearls

For chronic degenerative LU conditions use or combine with

Glacier Pearls

For intestinal parasites use or combine with

Thunder Pearls

For chronic joint pain combine with

Bamboo Pearls and/or Lightning Pearls

For circulatory conditions in the extremities combine with

Bamboo Pearls and/or Evergreen Pearls

For skin conditions involving wind and toxicity combine with

Lightning Pearls

For constipation use or combine with

Tiger Pearls

To maximize oxygenation, promote blood flood, and prevent infection during airline travel combine with

Lightning PearlsCinnamon Pearlsor Earth Pearls

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

*Proprietary blend containing pure herbal extracts of: Lilium brownii bulb (Baihe), Belamcandae rhizome (Shegan), Platycodon grandiflorum root (Jiegeng), Prunus armeniaca seed (Xingren), Pinellia ternata rhizome, cured (Fa Banxia), Wolfiporia cocos sclerotium (Fuling), Citrus reticulata peel (Chenpi), Scutellaria baicalensis root (Huangqin), Paeonia lactiflora root (Baishao), Talcum (Huashi), Bombyx batryticatus (Jiangcan)
* % Daily value not established Other ingredients: living green clay excipient, vegetable capsule
  • Infants: Dissolved content of 1 capsule 1-2x/day
  • Children: 2-3 capsules 1-2x/day
  • Adults: 3-4 capsules 2-3x/day
  • Typical adult combination usage example: 3 Metal Pearls plus 2 Ease Pearls 2x/day
  • Precautions: Avoid using during pregnancy (or use only in small amounts).