Prev Next  


Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Digestive System

Traditional Chinese Six Gentleman Teapills

Ginseng, Chinese licorice, Atractylodes, citrus peel, Poria, and Pinellia rhizome are the six major ingredients in Chinese Six Gentleman Teapills, a time-tested remedy for digestive ills.

Chinese name: Xiang Sha Liu Jun Wan (shahng shah loo juhn wahn),


Also known as: Aplotaxis Amomum Pills; Saussurea and Cardamon Six Gentlemen Pill


Weak digestion due to spleen qi deficiency, with symptoms of poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, belching, and chronic diarrhea


Tonifies spleen qi, reduces phlegm and dampness


A modern patent based on an ancient remedy, the classical formula Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang combines a qi tonic with digestive herbs. The tonic aspect of the formula consists of four herbs known as the Four Gentlemen: ginseng (ren shen), Atractylodes (bai zhu), Poria (fu ling), and Chinese licorice (zhi gan cao). These herbs make up the base of numerous formulas that treat deficiency of qi in the lungs and spleen with such chronic symptoms as fatigue, shortness of breath, pale face, lack of appetite, indigestion, and loose stools.

The addition of citrus peel (chen pi) and Pinellia rhizome (ban xia) creates Six Gentlemen, a formula more appropriate for treating more acute cases of digestive imbalances with nausea, vomiting, and distention. The addition of Saussurea (mu xiang) and cardamon (sha ren) further increases the formula's ability to rectify digestive weakness and distress. It is especially appropriate for people who are pale, weak, and qi deficient with accompanying digestive weakness.

Manufacturer: Lanzhou Foci

Dosage: 8 to 16 pills, three times a day before meals

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach pain are just a few of the digestive system ailments that can be successfully treated with Chinese medicines. Use the information in this article the next time you need a time-tested remedy for a sour stomach.

For more about traditional Chinese medicine, treatments, cures, beliefs, and other interesting topics, see:


Bill Schoenbart is licensed in both herbal medicine and acupuncture and has an M.A. in Chinese medicine. He is editor of The Way of Chinese Herbs and Biomagnetic and Herbal Therapy.

Ellen Shefi is a licensed massage technician, licensed acupuncturist, and registered dietician. She is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the American Herb Association, and the Oregon Acupuncture Association.