Nourish the Heart with Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

by Jen Ward |

Nourish the Heart with Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan

The need for rest and a good night’s sleep is almost as important as a healthful diet and proper exercise. Lack of adequate rest sets up the body for imbalance, fatigue and irritability.

The formula Physical Tranquility, inspired by the classic Traditional Chinese Medicine formula Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan, is a famous herbal combination for nourishing the heart; it’s been known as Emperor of Heaven’s Special Pill to Tonify the Heart. This formula has been used for thousands of years in China for treating insomnia. 

Restore Heart and Kidney Balance: What Color is Your Tongue?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, Bu Xin, the formula name, enriches Yin, nourishes blood, tonifies the heart and kidneys, calms Shen (heart spirit) and clears heart heat. An acupuncturist may recommend this formula to clear heat and correct an imbalance or nourish a deficiency; particularly a deficiency of Yin in the kidneys and undernourished blood. What differentiates this formula from a formula like Gui Pi Tang is that the underlying deficiency of the kidney is the root cause, and in Gu Pi Tang, it is the spleen. 

Pale tongue, weak pulse lean towards Gui Pi Tang and a red tongue with little to no coat and a thin/rapid pulse we would lean towards Tian Wan Bu Xing Dan.  These are some of the cues we are looking for in our latest Show Us Your Tongue campaign as seeing the tongue can help a practitioner correctly diagnose the underlying imbalance that is causing your sleep issues.

If you suffer from insomnia, a trip to your acupuncturist may reveal that the kidney and heart are not communicating, which can cause a Yin deficiency in the kidneys.

Kidney Yin deficiency symptoms may include night sweats; dryness that includes thirst, dry mouth and dry stools; irritability; insomnia; and forgetfulness. Yin deficiency in the kidney can also set off heart heat symptoms that may include palpitations, insomnia, irritability, poor focus and disturbed sleep.

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An Herbal Formula for Tranquility

Chinese Medicine, a system of nature, understands that every organ in the body works to support the heart. In this system, the kidney relates to water and the heart to fire. So if the body is in balance, the water of the kidneys keeps the fire of the heart in check. We may say water rises up to meet fire. If the kidneys are weak, the water can’t control the fire and heat flares.

In this instance there is heart disturbance or harassment. We often will see an emotional double whammy, because the heart does not receive sufficient nutrition, which can add an emotional reaction to the physical issues. So in this formula, we are going to see more irritability . 

The herbs in this formula will clear heart heat and nourish the heart, by moistening the Yin, replenishing the blood and calming the spirit. Once the blood has been replenished, the heart spirit, once again, becomes calm.

Although the formula was developed to treat a heat syndrome with Yin deficiency, it has been applied in other areas. Dryness syndromes associated with Yin and blood deficiencies can lead to emotional distress and insomnia, which are common during menopause. Therefore, this formula is, also, frequently recommended as therapy for menopausal women.

An Approach to Herbal Medicine with Flavor

Chinese herbal medicine is incredibly effective, but it can be difficult to understand or consume.  Herbs that you drink are more bio-available and tend to "work" faster, but traditionally don't taste very good.  That's where DAO Labs is changing the game - we have added blackberry and clove flavors as well as a tiny bit of honey to the our proprietary Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan  formula.  Protecting the effectiveness of the formula but making it much easier to consume (herbs only work if you take them!), this formula is changing lives - just take a peek at the reviews.

If you're interested in trying Physical Tranquility, save 15% at checkout with code TONGUE.

Jen Ward, LAc combines Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Functional Medicine and Integrative Health Coaching and Pilates to help you achieve optimal health. By applying ancient wisdom to a modern lifestyle, Jen helps you balance your body by uncovering the root of your imbalance and explore your constitutional health, your nature within. Jen offers individualized support and incorporates the appropriate health tools to help you achieve your health goals. She is also the Business Development Director at DAO Labs. Reach out to her at to learn more.

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