Gan Mai Da Zao Wan - Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

Chinese Name: Gan Mai Da Zao Wan
English Name: Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Formula

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Clinical Usage and Indications

Used for anxiety/depression/manic issues with a tendency towards losing self-control (crying fits, excessive yawning, etc.).  This set of symptoms is known as restless organ disorder in TCM.  General symptoms are disorientation, crying spells, depression, fitful sleep, excessive yawning, anxiety, possible night sweats and other yin deficient signs.  May be used for menopause or similar post-partum issues.

The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a sparse tongue coating.

Clinical Formula Combinations and Modifications:

Staff Clinician Notes:

There are no staff notes at this time.

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Cautions and Contraindications:

None at this time.  As always consult with an acupuncturist/herbalist before use.

Individual Chinese Herbs In This Formula:


  • Da Zao
  • Herb Functions
    • Tonifies spleen qi - weakness, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, loose stools.
    • Nourishes the blood, calms the spirit - irritability, pale complexion, emotional disturbances, restlessness.
    • Useful to harmonize the harsh properties of other herbs.

  • Contraindications
    • May cause heat, dampness, and phlegm leading to fullness in the middle jiao, food stagnation.

  • Fu Xiao Mai
  • Herb Functions
    • Stops excessive sweating from deficiency patterns - nightsweats, spontaneous sweating.
    • Nourish the heart - palpitations, insomnia, irritability.
    • Childhood bedwetting.

  • Gan Cao
  • Herb Functions
    • Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/shortness of breath, fatigue, loose stools (si jun zi tong).
    • Qi and/or blood deficiency w/irregular pluse or palpitations (Zhi Gan Cao Tang).
    • Moistens the lungs and stops cough - heat/cold in the lungs (Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang).
    • Clears heat and toxic fire (raw) - carbuncles, sores, sore throat due to fire toxin (internally or topically).
    • Alleviates pain and stops spasms - abdomen or legs (Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang).
    • Often used to harmonize and/or moderate characteristics of other herbs.
    • Antidote for toxic substances (internally and topically).

  • Contraindications
    • Avoid with excess dampness, nausea, vomiting.
    • Incompatible with Gan Sui, Da Ji, Yuan Hua, Hai Zao (although used in some formulas with Hai Zao).
    • If taken for long periods of time, may cause hypertension and/or edema.