Within this formula, Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis), is the sovereign. It tracks down and searches out hidden or deeplying wind, scatters cold, and eliminates dampness from the lower burner and sinews and bones. Hua Jiao (Pericarpium Zanthoxyli), emits and scatters wind cold from the yin channels and sweeps away wind dampness from out of the sinews and bones, thus stopping pain. Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae), dispels wind evils and overcomes dampness. Qin Jiao (Radix Gentianae Macrophyllae), eliminates wind dampness and relaxes the sinews. Sang Ji Sheng (Herba Taxilli), Du Zhong (Cortex Eucommiae), and Niu Xi (Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae), dispel wind dampness while simultaneously supplementing the liver and kidneys. Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong), Shu Di (cooked Radix Rehmanniae), and Bai Shao (Radix Alba Paeoniae), nourish the blood while simultaneously quickening the it. Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng), and Fu Ling (Poria), supplement the qi and fortify the spleen. Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi), warms and frees the flow of the blood vessels, and Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae), regulates and harmonizes all these other medicinals. Thus this formula as a whole attacks and dispels evils at the same time as it supplements and supports the righteous.*
This formula is a slight modification of Sun Si-maio’s famous formula of this name found in his Tang dynasty Qian Jin Yao Fang (Essential Formulas [worth a] Thousand [Pieces of] Gold) published in 652 CE. Our version is a 7:1 powdered extract in a 750mg caplet.