Brocade Sinews™ Formulae

brocade_sinewsBrocade is a richly decorative shuttle woven fabric, often made in colored silks and with gold and silver threads. Brocade is typically woven on a draw loom. It is a supplementary weft technique; that is, the ornamental brocading is produced by a supplementary, non-structural, weft in addition to the standard weft that holds the warp threads together. The purpose of this is to give the appearance that the weave actually was embroidered on. Because of this, brocade may look like the pattern of sinews. The formula addresses Liver-Blood not nourishing the sinews.


Dang Gui Radix Angelicae sinensis
Bai Shao Radix Paeoniae albae
Shu Di Huang Radix Rehmanniae preparata
Gou Qi Zi Fructus Lycii
Yi Yi Ren Semen Coicis
Dang Shen Radix Codonopsis
Sang Ji Sheng Herba Taxilli
Ji Xue Teng Caulis Spatholobi
Wei Ling Xian Radix Clematidis
Sang Zhi Ramulus Mori
Mu Gua Fructus Chaenomelis
Wu Jia Pi Cortex Acanthopanacis
Fu Ling Sclerotium Poriae albae
Chuan Xiong Rhizoma Ligustici wallichii
Cang Zhu Rhizoma Atractylodis lanceae
Zhi Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae preparata
Xi Xian Cao Herba Siegesbeckiae

Order Formulae


Chronic Wind-Damp Painful Obstruction (Bi) Syndrome with Liver-Blood and/ or Liver-Yin deficiency.


Nourish Liver-Blood and Liver-Yin, benefit sinews, expel Wind-Dampness from the joints.

Tongue: Pale and Thin if there is Liver-Blood deficiency or red and Thin without coating if there is Liver-Yin deficiency.
Pulse: Choppy or Fine, possibly only on the left side. In the case of Liver-Yin deficiency it could be empty at the deep level on the left side.

Acupuncture Points

LIV-8 Ququan, ST-36 Zusanli, SP-6 Sanyinjiao, KI-3 Taixi, Ren-4 Guanyuan with reinforcing method.
L.I.-11 Quchi, T.B.-6 Zhigou, Du-14 Dazhui, ST-43 Xiangu, G.B.-39 Xuanzhong with even method.
Local joint points such as T.B.-4 Yangchi, L.I.-5 Yangxi, L.I.-15 Jianyu, T.B.-14 Jianliao, ST-34 Liangqiu, Xiyan (extra point), SP-5 Shangqiu, G.B.-40 Qiuxu.

Classical Antecedent

Si Wu Tang Four Substances Decoction


Brocade Sinews™ is a formula aimed at expelling Wind-Dampness from the joints and nourishing Liver-Blood. This corresponds to a very frequent finding in practice that Wind and Dampness in the joints occur against a background of Liver-Blood or Liver-Yin deficiency. The problem is especially common in women.

The new formulation was considered necessary as most of the existing formulae are very warming. As very many patients (especially women) are deficient in Liver-Blood or Liver-Yin failing to nourish the sinews, warm or hot herbs are contraindicated.

  • Dang Gui, Chuan Xiong, Bai Shao, Shu Di Huang and Gou Qi Zi nourish and invigorate Blood
  • Sang Ji Sheng nourishes Blood and expels Wind-Dampness from the joints
  • Sang Zhi, Hai Tong Pi, Mu Gua and Xi Xian Cao expel Wind-Dampness from the joints
  • Wu Jia Pi and Ji Xue Teng expel Wind-Dampness from the joints
  • Fu Ling, Yi Yi Ren and Cang Zhu resolve Dampness

When to take
Take half an hour before meals.

This product is a dietary (food) supplement, as prescribed by a qualified practitioner. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any disease. Do not take if nursing or pregnant. Not intended to replace a varied diet. Not to be consumed for longer 3 months on a continued basis.