by Health Concerns

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Therapeutic Actions

  1. Treats chronic and recurrent sore throat with lymphatic swelling
  2. Treats oral sores accompanied by thirst and insomnia
  3. Treats a symptom combination that includes facial flushing, afternoon fevers, chronic inflammation, burning feet and palms, night sweats, blurred vision, dizziness, tinnitus, and impotence

Chinese Therapeutic Effects

Nourishes liver, kidney, stomach, spleen yin
Clears stomach heat and heart fire
Tonifies kidney and spleen qi


Internal: 3 tablets TID
90 tablets, 750 mg., 10 day supply
270 tablets, 750 mg., 30 day supply


Rehmannia (raw) root (sheng di huang), Dioscorea root (shan yao), Poria sclerotium (fu ling), Cornus fruit (shan zhu yu), Moutan root bark (mu dan pi), Alisma rhizome (ze xie), Scrophularia root (xuan shen), Glehnia root (sha shen), Ophiopogon tuber (mai men dong)

Pinyin Reference: Modified Liu Wei Di Huang Wan


Nine Flavor Tea is based on 8 Flavor Tea (Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan) but is more suitable for long term treatment of yin deficiency heat symptoms. Anemarrhena (zhi mu) and phellodendron (huang bai) have been removed and replaced by ophiopogon (mai men dong), glehnia (sha shen), and scrophularia (xuan shen) to enhance the yin nourishing quality of this formula. Scrophularia also helps resolve lymphatic swelling.

Clinical Notes

  1. Nine Flavor Tea can be used as a foundation formula for treating diabetes
  2. Useful for high blood pressure with kidney yin deficiency as its root cause
  3. Clinical reports of effectiveness in treating acne due to yin deficiency
  4. Addressing yin deficiency usually requires several months of herbal therapy
  5. See Health Concerns Newsletters: Vol. 9 No. 3 Can Herbs Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients? (Gaeddert); Vol. 10 No. 2 Herbal Back Pain Treatments (Gaeddert); Vol. 7 No. 4 Commonly Asked Practitioner Questions: Gynecology Issues (Gaeddert); Vol. 11 No. 2 Commonly Asked Practitioner Questions: Gynecology Issues, Part 2 (Gaeddert); Vol. 4 No. 2 Pre & Postmenstrual Syndromes (Fratkin); Vol. 4 No. 4 Damp Heat Dysmenorrhea & Unlocking Formula (Flaws)

Additional Information

  • For kidney yang tonification, use Rehmannia 8, Backbone, or Virility Tabs
  • For balanced and complete kidney tonification, use Astra Essence
  • For greater heat clearing to approximate Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan combine Nine Flavor Tea (3 tablets TID) and Coptis Purge Fire (1 to 3 tablets TID)
  • If patient has weak digestion consider Quiet Digestion before or in addition to this formula
  • For yin deficiency without rehmannia consider Fertile Garden. For yin deficiency and dampness consider Clearing

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