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Heixi Dan


Black Tin Pill

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The Prescription of Heixi Dan


The book Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang


  • Chuan Lian Zi (steamed Fructus Meliae Toosendan) 30 g,
  • Hu Lu Ba (Semen Trigonellae steeped in liquor and then parched) 30 g,
  • Mu Xiang (Radix Aucklandiae) 30 g,
  • Fu Zi (Radix Aconiti Lateralis Preparata) 30 g,
  • Rou Dou Kou (Semen Myristicae enclosed in flour paste and then baked) 30 g,
  • Po Gu Zhi (Fructus Psoraleae steeped in Liquor and then parched) 30 g,
  • Chen Xiang (Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum) 30 g,
  • Hui Xiang (parched Fructus Foeniculi) 30 g,
  • Yang Qi Shi (Actinolitum boiled in liquor and baked and ground) 30 g,
  • Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi) 15 g,
  • Hei Xi (cleaned Stannum Nigrum) 60 g,
  • Liu Huang (Sulfur) 60 g.


Hei Xi: One of the principal drugs, being sweet in flavor and cold in
nature, suppressing floating Yang, keeping the up-ward adverse flow of Qi downward to relieve asthma.

Liu Huang: The other principal drug, being sour in flavor and hot in nature, warming and tonifying the fire of Ming Men, warming the kidney to expel pathogenic cold.

Fu Zi and Rou Gui: Warnung the kidney and supporting Yang, conducting the fire back to its origin.

Yang Qi Shi, Po Gu Zhi and Hu Lu Ba: Warming Ming Men to remove pathogenic cold.

Hui Xiang, Chen Xiang and Rou Dou Kou: Warming the middle-Jiao and regulating the flow of Qi, keeping the adverse flow of Qi downward to remove phlegm, and warming the kidney.

Chuan Lian Zi: Being bitter in flavor and cold in nature, restricting the warm and dry nature of the other ingredients, regulating the flow of Qi and relieving liver depression.

The Effect of Heixi Dan


Warming and strengthening the primordial Qi in the lower-Jiao, suppressing floating Yang.


Syndrome due to insufficiency of the kidney-Yang and inability of the kidney to govern reception of Qi, marked by accumulation of phlegm in the chest, dyspnea, cold limbs, profuse cold sweating, pale tongue with whitish coating, and deep weak pulse, or due to up-rushing of Qi to the chest, marked by a sensation of Qi rushing like a running piggy and distention in the chese and hypochondrium, or due to periumbilical colic from invasion of cold complicated by borborygmus and lingering diarrhea or impotence and cold sperm in males or cold and deficiency of the uterus marked by and diluted leukorrhea in females; including such diseases with the above symptoms as asthma and impotence.


Ground into fine powder, which is made into pills with flour paste and liquor and taken with salt water. 5 g of the pills each time for adults, 2-3 g each time for young children, 9 g each time for first aid.

This prescription is composed of drugs with the action of warming the kidney, descending Qi and suppressing floating Yang, so it is suitable for first aid but it should not be used often or for a long time lest lead poisoning result.