A major function of Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan is to nourish the Spleen and thus enhances the digestive function. This is mostly achieved by including Si Jun Zi Tang (Four Gentlemen Decoction) in the formula. Si Jun Zi Tang itself is the basic Chinese herbal formula that supports Spleen Qi and consists of four Chinese herbs, Ginseng or Codonopsis, Atractylodes, Poria, and Licorice. Among them, Ginseng replenishes the Qi energy and harmonizes the Spleen; Atractylodes is a key tonic for the Spleen and Stomach and dries Dampness; Poria acts mainly to remove Dampness but it also strengthens the Spleen; Licorice tonifies Spleen and Qi and synchronizes the action of the other herbs.
Another main function of Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan is to remove dampness in the Spleen and the Stomach. This function is important because one causal effect of a weakened Spleen transforming function is the accumulation of fluids, which then transform into dampness in the digestive system and causes distension and diarrhea. To this end, other Chinese herbs are included in Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan. Of them, Chinese Yam (Shan Yao) and Lotus Seed (Lian Zi) act to both tonify the Spleen and stop diarrhea; Coix Seed (Yi Yi Ren) and Hyacinth Bean (Bai Bian Dou) strengthen the Spleen and drain dampness; Cardamon Seed (Sha Ren) transforms dampness and promotes the Qi movement to alleviate the distension.
Shen Ling Bai Zhu Pian may be applied to weight loss. In the theory of TCM, obesity is mostly formed by the accumulation of Dampness and Phlegm which may result from the poor function of the Spleen. This constitutes the basis for its use in weight loss. For example, Chinese herbal doctor Mary Wu, L. Ac of Fremont, California found that use of our Shen Ling Bai Zhu Pian may lose 3 lb in weight per week of her patients who have obesity displaying a TCM pattern of the Spleen deficiency.† It is most suitable for those who sit most time in the office or on sofa, are tired of moving or excising, has loose skin and soft muscles.
| Radix Codonopsis Pilosulae |
Sclerotium Poriae Cocos
Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Rhizoma Dioscoreae Oppositae
Semen Lablab Album
Semen Nelumbinis Nuciferae
Semen Coicis Lachryma-Jobi
Radix Platycodi Grandiflori
Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
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(Bai Bian Dou)
(Yi Yi Ren)
The dose may be doubled for a quicker and stronger response as needed (e. g., in an acute phase or with heavy body weight).
As the herbal formula is a mild tonic, results may only be noticeable after 1 month. It is suggested to take 4 to 6 bottles in full dose as the first regimen. The dose may then be reduced.
For diarrhea, Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan/Pian is appropriate for chronic diarrhea associated with internal weakness (Qi deficiency) whereas Xiang Lian Wan/Pian is used for acute diarrhea due to bacterial or virus infection.
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