Spleen Tonifying Formula Jianpi Wan

This is a formula which has been published with either Chinese or Latin names  but not both.  It was posted to Wikipedia but suggested for deletion.  I am archiving it here because it seems a useful formula.  I have added   pinyin names.  I would appreciate comments from people who have used it.

Jianpi Wan (Simplified Chinese:健脾丸) is a blackish-brown pill used in Traditional Chinese medicine to “invigorate the spleen function and improve the appetite”. [1] It tastes slightly sweet and bitter. It is used where there is “weakness of the spleen and stomach marked by epigastric and abdominal distension, anorexia and loose bowels”.[2] The binding agent is honey. Each pill weighs about 9 grams.

The original formula was first published in “Standards of Diagnosis and Treatment” (證治準繩 Zhèngzhì Zhǔnshéng) by Wáng Kěntáng (王肯堂) in 1602. [3] It is known as the “Pill for Invigorating the Spleen”.[4]

Chinese classic herbal formula

Name  ↓ Chinese (S)  ↓ Grams  ↓
Radix Codonopsis (Dang shen) 党参 200
Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae (stir-baked) (Bai zhu, chao) 白术 (炒) 300
Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae (Chen pi) 陈皮 200
Fructus Aurantii Immaturus (stir-baked)(Zhi shi, chao) 枳实 (炒) 200
Fructus Crataegi (stir-baked) (Shan zha, chao) 山楂 (炒) 150
Fructus Hordei Germinatus (stir-baked) (Mai ya, chao) 麦芽 (炒) 200


  1. ^ State Pharmacopoeia Commission of the PRC (2005). “Pharmacopoeia of The People’s Republic of China (Volume I)”. Chemical Industry Press. ISBN 7117069821.
  2. ^ http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/lnhpd-bdpsnh/info.do?lang=eng&licence=80003880
  3. ^ Zuo Yanfu, Zhu Zhongbao, Huang Yuezhong, Tao Jinweng, Li Zhaoguo. “Science of Prescriptions”, Publishing House of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2002. ISBN 7810106503.
  4. ^ Long Zhixian, Li Qingye, Liu Zhanwen. “Formulas of Traditional Chinese Medicine” (方剂学 fāngjì xué), Academy Press (学苑出版社 xuéyuàn chūbǎnshè), Beijing University of Traditional Medicine. 2005. ISBN 7507712702.

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