Chinese: Si Wu Tang

English: Four-Substance Decoction

Source: Taipinghuiminhejijufang (Prescriptions from the Great Peace Imperial Grace Pharmacy)

Pulse: slow, fine, bowstring, choppy

Tongue:pale body,  thin white fur

Abdomen: shinkahiko

Indications: This herbal formula has been used for patients with following health conditions and symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Amenorrhea
  • Low abdominal pain
  • Poor appetite
  • Anemia
  • Cough
  • Pale complexion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold extremities
  • Spermatorrhea
  • Postpartum weakness


There are many other health conditions that may respond well to this herbal formula, in particular patients exhibiting indicative traditional diagnostic signs and symptoms.


Herbs in This Formula


Note: Suggested dosages of each herb in Kampo formulas are often smaller than those of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Individual dosages of herbs may be adjusted depending on each patient’s condition, constitutional patterns, quality of the herbs, and other factors involved.