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Home > Education > Zang Fu Formulas > Gui Pi Tang

Gui Pi Tang

From "Zang Fu Syndromes," by McDonald and Penner

English: Restore the Spleen Decoction

Also known as: Kwei Bi Wan (Patent)

    Latin Pinyin Dosage Actions
    Rx. Ginseng


    Ren Shen 3-15g Tonifies SP Qi and Yuan Qi.

    With Huang Qi, Bai Zhu and Zhi Gan Cao, tonifies SP to generate Blood.

    With Bai Zhu and Fu Ling, for SP / ST Qi Xu.

    With Dang Gui, Long Yan Rou and Yuan Zhi, for HT and SP Xu.

    (Rx. Codonopsis) (Dang Shen) (9-45g) (Substitute for Ren Shen.)
    Rx. Astragali Huang Qi 2-30g Tonifies Blood and SP Qi.

    With Dang Gui, generates and nourishes Blood.

    Rz. Atractylodis Bai Zhu 3-30g Strengthens SP and dries Dampness.
    Scl. Poriae Cocos Fu Ling 3-30g Strengthens SP and harmonizes MJ.

    With Ren Shen and Huang Qi, tonifies SP.

    (Scl. Poriae Pararadicis) (Fu Shen) (3-30g) (Usually used in place of Fu Ling. Pacifies HT, calms Shen and soothes the nerves.)

    (With Suan Zao Ren, calms Shen.)

    Sm. Zizyphi Spinosae Suan Zao Ren 3-30g Nourishes HT Yin and tonifies LIV Blood.

    With Fu Shen, calms Shen.

    With Ren Shen, Fu Shen and Long Yan Rou, for insomnia, palpitations and irritability due to SP Qi and HT Blood Xu.

    Arillus Euphorb. Long.


    Long Yan Rou 3-30g Nourishes Blood, calms Shen, and tonifies and nourishes HT and SP.

    With Ren Shen and Suan Zao Ren, for palpitations and insomnia due to HT Blood Xu, especially in cases with SP Qi Xu.

    Rx. Aucklandiae Mu Xiang 1-15 Regulates Qi, strengthens SP and prevents indigestion due to the rich nature of the other herbs.

    With Bai Zhu, especially effective.

    Rx. Glycyrrhizae (fried) Zhi Gan Cao 1-7.5g Harmonizes and tonifies Qi.
    Rx. Angelicae Sinensis Dang Gui 2-30g Nourishes and harmonizes Blood.
    Fr. Zizyphi Jujube Da Zao 1-3g Nourishes Blood, calms Shen, tonifies Qi and harmonizes.
    Rx. Polygalae (fried) Zhi Yuan Zhi 1-30g Calms Shen, sedates HT and opens orifices.

    With Suan Zao Ren, especially effective.

    With Fu Shen and Suan Zao Ren, for symptoms of HT Blood Xu.

    Rx. Zingiberis Recens Sheng Jiang 1-12g Aids in strengthening SP.

    With Da Zao, improves appetite and regulates Ying and Wei, facilitating the actions of the formula.


Augments Qi, Nourishes Blood, Strengthens SP and Nourishes HT.


    SP Not Governing Blood

    HT Blood Xu

    HT (Blood) and SP (Qi) Xu due to worry (excessive deliberation or obsession)

Clinical Manifestations
    Memory loss

    Palpitations with or without Anxiety



    Low grade fever

    Reduced appetite

    Early menstruation with copious pale blood

    Excess perspiration



    Weak abdomen



    Dream disturbed sleep



    Pale, wan complexion

    Continuous flow with little blood (spotting)

    Night sweats

    Genital itch

    Nocturnal emissions

    T: Pale, maybe swollen Leukorrhea
    C: White Irregular menstruation
    P: Thready and weak


    Post-concussion syndrome

    Congestive heart disease


    Allergic purpura

    Functional Uterine Bleeding

    Duodenal ulcer


    Chronic bleeding

    Nervous exhaustion

    Personality disorders

    Myasthenia Gravis

    Supraventricular tachycardia

    Thrombocytopenic purpura


    Gastric ulcer

    Aplastic anemia

    Uterine cancer

    Chronic gonorrhea



    For SP Not Governing Blood:

    + Gel. Corii Asini E Jiao
    + Fol. Artemisiae Argyi Ai Ye

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