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Fu Zi Li Zhong Pian
An All Natural Chinese Herbal Supplement
Fu Zi Li Zhong Pian (Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan, Fu Zi Li Zhong Tang, Midwarmer™, 附子理中片), is a classic Chinese herbal medicine for warming the "Middle Energizer" and strengthening the Spleen. This Chinese medicine is used for cold hands and feet along with digestive discomforts such as cold stomach, abdominal pain or fullness, and diarrhea.
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    What does it do?
    In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the Spleen plays a critical role in transforming the body' nutrients into Yin, Yang, and Qi which are the fundamental energies for life. A strong Spleen can supply the body with abundant Yin, Yang, and Qi energy that may be present at low levels after birth. When the Spleen function is weak, digestion is compromised. When digestion is not working properly, the body may display intestinal problems and be in poor health.

    A common Spleen problem is insufficient Yang energy. Spleen Yang deficiency often comes with the Yang deficiency of the Stomach as well. As a result, one may experience coldness in the Stomach, abdominal pain, abdominal distension, diarrhea, vomiting, and coldness of the limbs. For example, one cannot drink cold milk or ice water, otherwise diarrhea may occur. The abdominal pain can be alleviated after the abdomen is pressed with hands or covered with a warm water bag.

    Fu Zi Li Zhong Tang is a very popular Chinese herbal medicine used to reinforce the Yang energy of the Spleen and Stomach. This Chinese medicine is composed of several herbs that strengthen the Yang energy and the Spleen. Among them, Processed Aconite Root is perhaps the best-known Chinese herb for restoring the Yang energy and dispersing Cold. Ginger is acrid and warm in nature and disperses Cold. Codonopsis replenishes the Qi energy and harmonizes the Spleen. Atractylodes is a key tonic for the Spleen and Stomach and removes Dampness. Licorice tonifies Spleen and Qi and synchronizes the action of the other herbs.

    Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan is indicated in China Pharmacopoeia1 for warming the middle-Jiao and strengthening the Spleen. The Chinese herb is used for the insufficiency and coldness of the Spleen and Stomach, abdominal pain and coldness, vomiting and diarrhea, cold hands and feet.

    In recent years, Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan has been studied for its application to digestive disorders such as gastritis, enteritis, and gastric ulcers that are diagnosed with modern technologies and at the mean time display the described TCM patterns with satisfactory results. For example, in one study, Fu Zi Li Zhong Tang was used as the basic TCM formula to treat 28 patients with a history of gastric ulcer or peptic ulcer between 3 months to 20 years. After 1 month of treatment, 24 out of 28 were clinically recovered.2 In the study, Astragalus, a common Qi tonic Chinese herb, and Angelica, a known Blood tonic herb, were included to the classic Fu Zi Li Zhong Tang herbal formula.

    What is the formula composition?

    A proprietary blend of

    Radix Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
    Radix Codonopsis Pilosulae
    Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
    Rhizoma Zingiberis Preparata
    Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
    (Zhi Fu Zi)
    (Dang Shen)
    (Bai Zhu)
    (Pao Jiang)
    (Gan Cao)
    What is Available?
    Guang Ci Tang® Fu Zi Li Zhong Pian (Midwarmer™) 40 grams in 200 mg 200 tablets @ 5:1 strength.

    At a true 5:1 concentration, this product represents the most potent form of Fu Zi Li Zhong Pian (Wan) on the market. One tablet is equal to 1 gram of raw herb.

    Please note that Guang Ci Tang® Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan in the pill form, which has the same formulation as the tablet, is discontinued.

    Fu Zi Li Zhong Pian tablets are made with 100% natural herbs that are tested for authenticity, quality, and potency. A traditional water decoction is prepared with the herbs to reproduce the time-tested efficacy of the formula, and this water decoction is concentrated with our proprietary technology to form a potent extract that is made into easily absorbed tablets, which are remarkably effective, easy to use, and safe. The tablets are produced by Guang Ci Tang® in our state of the art cGMP-certified facility and imported in accordance with U.S. FDA guidelines. When you choose Guang Ci Tang® products, you are taking advantage of a wonderful fusion of science and tradition that incorporates the highest standards in the field of Chinese medicine today.

    Guang Ci Tang® Advantages
    Effective. Safe. Affordable
    • True 5:1 concentration
    • Double the strength of other brands
    • Minimal or no fillers and binders
    • No pharmaceuticals, sugar, or dyes
    • Comprehensive lab testing (e.g., heavy metals,etc.)
    • Made in a cGMP certified facility
    • Unbeatable value
    • Safely used in the USA since 1995

    Check for an independent US lab test report.

    How do I use it?
    The standard dosage for Midwarmer™ is 5 tablets each time, taken 2 to 3 times daily with or before meals. One bottle lasts users 2 to 3 weeks.

    The dose may be doubled for a quicker and stronger response as needed (e. g., in an acute phase). Consult your practitioner for precise dosage recommendations based on body weight and other factors.

    Midwarmer™ is a tonic and therefore it usually takes time before its effects become apparent. It may take one month or more before symptoms begin to improve. An initial course of treatment is suggested as 4 - 6 bottles taken at the full dose.

    Differentiation in Usage
    Both Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan and YanVive may warm up the body. Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan is used when the stomach is also cold (e. g., drinking ice water causes diarrhea) whereas YanVive is used when one also has a weak lower back or back pain.

    Side Effects
    Aconite root is toxic in its unprocessed form and should not be taken in any circumstance. Aconite root used in traditional Chinese medicine including Fu Zi Li Zhong Pian (Wan) was always first processed in a special procedure to significantly reduce the toxins and then further cooked to eliminate the toxins and is safe to be used. Fu Zi Li Zhong Pian (Wan) has been safely used with few adverse effects when used as directed. However, stop use if any adverse reaction occurs like increase of blood pressure, headache, and palpitation.


    Allergy Info
    Midwarmer™ is gluten free

    In the Media

    1. Use with caution during pregnancy.
    2. Not suitable for acute gastrointestinal disorders.
    3. Not suitable for use if you have heat sensation.
    4. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you have hypertension, diseases of heart, or kidney, asthma, or edema.
    5. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you are taking other medicines.
    6. It may not suitable for you if the symptoms do not ease in a couple of weeks.
    7. Keep out of reach of children.


    1. China Pharmacopoeia 2000.
    2. Mao X.-H. Treatment of 28 Hard-to-Treat Digestive Ulcers with Fu Zi Li Zhong Tang and Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang. Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine Journal, 2007, No. 7
    Midwarmer™ (Fu Zi Li Zhong Pian) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works. My acupuncturist/herbalist recommended Fu Zi Li Zhong for problems with loose stools. In my experience, many herbs take a long time to take effect; Fu Zi seemed to work quickly. There's a reason they call it a "mid-warmer." Not only does it stop loose stools, it warms your mid-section both front and back. My acupuncturist told me that loose stools are caused my to cold of a GI system. My only caution is to not take too much or you can get constipated. After adjusting the dosage, it works great.
    Date published: 2014-06-09
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