Soothe the Shen™ Formulae

soothe_the_shen This formula is a variation of Gan Mai Da Zao Tang Glycyrrhiza-Triticum-Zizyphus Decoction which I use for depression and anxiety occurring against a background of Qi or Yin deficiency.


Zhi Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae preparata
Fu Xiao Mai Fructus Tritici levis
Da Zao Fructus Ziziphi jujubae rubrae
Zhi Mu Rhizoma Anemarrhenae
Bai He Bulbus Lilii
Dang Gui Radix Angelicae sinensis
Wu Wei Zi Fructus Schisandrae
He Huan Pi Cortex Albiziae
Yuan Zhi Radix Polygalae
Fo Shou Fructus Citri Sarcodactylis
Suan Zao Ren Semen Ziziphi spinosae

*Product contains gluten and wheat. Fu Xiao Mai (wheat)

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Qi, Blood and/or Yin deficiency, Qi stagnation.


Tonify Qi, nourish Blood and Yin, move Qi, open the Mind’s orifices.

Tongue: Pale or normal. In case of Yin deficiency: lack of coating.
Pulse: Weak, Choppy or Floating-Empty.

Classical Antecedent

Gan Mai Da Zao Tang and Bai He Zhi Mu Tang

Differences from Classical Antecedent

Stronger action in calming the Mind.

Soothe the Shen™ is a combination of two classical prescriptions: Gan Mai Da Zao Tang (Glycyrrhiza-Triticum-Ziziphus Decoction) and Bai He Zhi Mu Tang (Lilium-Anemarrhena Decoction). Both these prescriptions are from the Jin Gui Yao Lue written by Zhang Zhong Jing.

This formula is equally applicable to women and men. It is an intriguing formula composed of only three mild herbs, two of which are items of food as well as herbs, i.e wheat husks and black dates. I use this formula against a background of deficiency of Qi of the Spleen, Heart and Lungs and of Heart-Blood deficiency.

The second formula is Bai He Zhi Mu Tang (Lilium-Anemarrhena Decoction) originally for the Lilium Syndrome (Bai He Bing) also described in the Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Chest (Jin Gui Yao Lue), chapters 1-3.

I use this formula primarily when there is a deficiency of Yin of the Heart and Lungs. As the formula consists of only two herbs, I frequently add this formula to another formula in any situation against a background of a Lung and Heart syndrome, but especially Qi and Yin deficiency of these two organs or Heart-Heat. The combination of these two herbs is particularly good to address sadness and grief.

Mental-Emotional Pattern
The formula Gan Mai Da Zao Tang is a Qi and Blood tonic and it therefore stimulates the movement of the Hun. The second formula nourishes Yin of the Lungs and Heart and therefore grounds the Po (Corporeal Soul) and Shen.

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.