Liu Wei Di Huang Wan
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six-Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia)

What does Liu Wei Di Huang Wan do?

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is a Chinese Medicinal Formula that is utilized when a patient has been diagnosed as having insufficient liver and kidney yin. It has been considered helpful and is commonly prescribed in China for diminished liver and kidney Yin due to aging, stress, or environment. Patients exhibiting Liver and Kidney Yin insufficiency have a red tongue with little coating and a thin and rapid pulse. They may suffer from: blurry vision, dark rings under the eyes, difficult urination and/or frequent urination, dizziness, flushed or red face, headaches, hot flashes, low grade fever in the afternoons, night sweats, nocturnal emission, uneasiness or mental unrest, and weakness in the lower back, legs, and knees.

Other symptoms may be a chronic dry and sore throat, extreme thirst, pain in the bottom of the feet, toothaches, and a hotness of extremities (palms and soles of feet).

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan has been suggested for patients who have been undergoing long term treatment for Aids or cancer (specifically those undergoing radiation treatments) as these people sometimes develop deficient Yin of the Kidney and Liver.

Illnesses sometimes associated with insufficient kidney and liver yin and for which this formula has been prescribed are: Chronic kidney ailments (nephritis), diabetes, hearing loss, hyperthyroidism, mild emotional disturbances, tinnuitis, and tuberculosis (symptoms). *

*It should be noted that these conditions should not be treated with Liu Wei Di Huang Wan without the knowledge and consent of your health care professional.

*It should also be noted that a person who has Kidney or Liver Yin Deficiency might demonstrate only a few of the symptoms listed.

Should my health care professional be advised before I take Liu Wei Di Huang Wan?

It is always good to keep your health care practitioner updated on medications, herbals, supplements or other therapies you may be participating in. They should be consulted first if you have any of these conditions, Liu Wei Di Huang Wan usage may be contraindicated:

  • Thick tongue coating
  • Tongue is red.
  • If you are suffering from a pathogenic illness
  • If you are suffering from a weakness of spleen and stomach
  • A tendency towards allergic reactions to other medicines, herbs, foods, dyes, or preservatives.

Are there other times my health care professional needs to be advised before I take Liu Wei Di Huang Wan?

They should be consulted first if you are:

  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
  • Breast-feeding.
  • If you plan to administer this herb to a child.

How should I take this formula?

Take Liu Wei Di Huang Wan pills by mouth. Swallow the pills with a large drink of warm water. Sometimes, decoctions of this formula are also available.

What should the dosage be? Lengths of administration are usually based on the individual, severity of the symptoms and the type of problem. Dosages may vary depending on pill size, manufacturer, and potency. Generally, 8-10 pills 3x daily

What other medicines may interact with Liu Wei Di Huang Wan?

  • Unknown

What side effects may I notice from taking Liu Wei Di Huang Wan? If you experience any side effects, stop usage immediately and report them to your health care professional.

  • Unknown

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (stop usage and report it to your health care professional if they are continuing or bothersome):

  • Diarrhea (lower the dosage immediately or stop using)
  • White greasy tongue coating
  • Allergic reaction

What do I need to watch out for with Liu Wei Di Huang Wan?

There are many different brands of Chinese patent medicines/formulas and as with medicinal herbs, care should be taken with purchasing. Incorrectly labeled products and/or the presence of contaminants, adulterations, or substitutions have all been reported in conjunction with Chinese patent medicines. Contaminants s.c. as heavy metals and/or substitutions with pharmaceutical drugs (over the counter and prescription) are a serious health hazard.

There have been reported cases of Chinese medicinal products being sold as Liu Wei Di Huang Wan that were not in fact this formula. Use of known, recommended brands may reduce this possibility.

See "Chinese Patent Medicines: Warning"

Where can I keep my herbal product?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30°C (59 and 86°F) unless otherwise listed. If there is an expiration date listed on the herbal product, throw away the unused portion after the expiration date

Can you tell me a little more about Liu Wei Di Huang Wan?

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is a Chinese Medicine whose formula was 1st listed in the "Craft of Medical Treatment for Childhood Disease Patterns" (Xiao Er Yao Zheng Zhi Jue) by Dr. Qian Yi in 1119 AD.

It was originally formulated as a pediatric treatment for the "five lates". The "five lates" are described as a delay in standing, walking, talking, hair growth and teeth development.

Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is a highly regarded formula due to the balance of the herbs used. Today it is often utilized as the base for many other formulas that nourish Yin.

It is considered a tonifing herbal formulation. It is used specifically for deficiencies of the liver and kidney Yin. It may inhibit abnormal cell growth in the esophagus (Epitheliosis).

Usual Ingredients:

Shan Zhu Yu Cornus Fruit   Shu Di Huang Rhemannia Root - Prepared
Shan Yao Dioscorea Root Magnoliae Flower   Fu Ling Poria Cocus Fungus
Mu Dan Pi Mountain Peony Root Bark   Ze Xie Alisma Rhizome

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