Majestic Yang Teapills
Originally published June 1, 2022
Mayway Herbs is pleased to announce our latest product, Plum Flower™ Majestic Yang Teapills, also known as Xiong Wei Da Bu Wan 雄偉大補丸 (MW# 3201). This formula is intended to replace the popular Yang tonic, Gecko Tonic Teapills (Ge Jie Da Bu Wan 蛤蚧大補丸 MW#3200), which, while currently in stock, is being discontinued because of difficulties in obtaining the eponymous herb in the formula, Gé jiè (蛤蚧 MW#5957SF).
Nearly everyone is familiar with the pair of Tokay geckos stretched and mounted on sticks, which were always a hit when used in herb class during show and tell. While it does not appear in any CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Appendix, Gecko is listed on the Chinese National Protected Species List as a level 2 protected animal, and the export of gecko requires a special certificate from a legal source within China. Mayway has not imported this herb since 2019 due to an additional safety issue, which is that Ge jie from multiple sources have continually and repeatedly tested positive for Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Moreover, in January 2020, following the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in Wu Han, the Chinese government banned the sale of wild animals, of which gecko is included. This action was taken since the origin of COVID-19 has been attributed to the so-called “wet markets” found throughout China. (These sorts of markets are found in many places in the world.) While the animals sold in these wet markets have been characterized as “wild”, in fact most of them are actually farmed for human consumption throughout China. A permanent ban on “wild” animal trade is contemplated in China, and it is not clear which animals will be included in this ban. Regardless, Ge jie is not currently legally available to our manufacturers in China.
Majestic Yang Teapills retains the primary structure and function of Gecko Tonic Teapills since it endeavors to treat various deficiencies by tonifying Yang, strengthening Qi and Blood, and nourishing Jing-essence. It is a complex formula that in addition to Yang tonic herbs, contains herbs that tonify and nourish Yin, Blood, Essence, and Qi. Signs to look for include a pale and swollen tongue and a slow, deep, and weak pulse. Presenting symptoms that may indicate the usage of this formula include mild discomfort in the low back and knees, joint stiffness, weakness, occasional fatigue, listlessness, weak voice, pale face, occasional sweating or chills, forgetfulness, poor memory, frequent urination, occasional diarrhea with undigested food, abdominal distention, poor appetite, cold limbs, cold intolerance, decreased sex drive, and occasional insomnia.
To replace the Yang tonic herb, Ge jie, we have selected equal parts of two other principally Yang tonic herbs, Yin yang huo and Lu jiao jiao. Yin yang huo/ Epimedium brevicornum herb is an acrid, sweet and warm herb that tonifies the Kidney Yang and the fire of the Gate of Vitality. Although it is a very drying herb, this is balanced by the Yin tonic herbs in the formula. Lu jiao jiao/ Cervus nippon antler gelatin (also known as deer antler glue) is processed with huang jiu (yellow rice wine) and soy oil. Lu jiao jiao is a sweet, salty, warm herb that not only tonifies the Kidney Yang but also nourishes the blood and Jing-essence.
The standard dosage for this teapill formula is 8 pills, 3 x per day. Administer half an hour before or one hour after eating. In the initial phases, dosage may be increased to 8-12 pills 3 times per day, then reduced to a maintenance dose as the formula takes effect. Majestic Yang Teapills may be used long-term for several weeks to several months and may be used over the course of several years. This formula should be used with caution in Yin deficiency presenting without a preponderance of Yang deficiency. This is a strongly tonifying formula that is contraindicated during the early stages of acute infection or illness, such as cold or flu and since it is intended to treat Yang deficiency, it is particularly contraindicated for conditions due to heat.
- Bensky, D. et al., Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd Edition, Eastland Press, Seattle, 2004.
- Email correspondence from Lanzhou Foci Pharmaceutical Co., Lanzhou, China
- Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Wildlife, http://www.china.org.cn/english/environment/34349.htm
- “No, You Won’t Find “Wild Animals” in Most of China’s Wet Markets” https://radiichina.com/wet-markets-wild-animals-china/
- Wrinkle, A. et al., A Practitioner’s Formula Guide, Elemental Essentials Press: 2008.
| Bio: Skye Sturgeon, DAOM
Skye is the Quality Assurance Manager and Special Consultant for Mayway, USA. Skye was the former Chair of Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine and core faculty member at Bastyr University, core faculty member and Faculty Council Chair at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and President and Senior Professor of the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. Before making Chinese medicine his career choice, Skye held various positions in the Natural Foods Industry for 12 years and prior to that was a clinical biochemist and toxicologist.