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The design of Counterflow Pearls is based on the classical remedy Xuanfu Daizhe Tang (Inula and Hematite Decoction), which first appeared in Zhang Zhongjing’s 2nd century herb primer, Treatise on Disorders Caused by Cold (Shanghan lun). Similar to its better known sister remedy, Banxia Xiexin Tang, it can restore counterflow of Stomach qi. Due to the particular affinity of inula flower to the Heart—the ancient herb text The Decoction Classic (Tangye jing) classified inula as a substance representing “fire within fire”—it is best suited to address the unique relationship of Heart and Stomach, which in cases of chronic reversal of Stomach qi can result in more serious pathology. The addition of the more recent remedies Yiguan Jian (Linking Decoction) and Danshen Yin (Salvia Drink) also makes it suitable for patients suffering from pain in the chest or solar plexus region. Together, the herbs in this formula represent one of the more moistening combinations in the Classical Pearl series, and can treat a wide variety of disorders that require the tonification of yin in the Stomach, Lung, Heart and/or Liver networks.

Therapeutic Principles

  • Reverse counterflow of qi in Stomach channel
  • Nourish heart and liver yin, prevent upflaring of Heart and Liver yang
  • Soften sclerotic tissues in stomach, liver, and heart

Formula Architecture


Xuanfu Daizhe Tang

黛赭石 (醋淬)DaizheshiHematite; vinegar quenched
半夏 (姜制)BanxiaPinellia; ginger cured
生姜ShengjiangGinger; fresh
甘草 (棗花蜜炙)Zhi GancaoLicorice; jujube flower honey baked
枸杞子GouqiziLycium fruit

Yiguan Jian

川煉子 (清炒)ChuanlianziMelia; dry fried
丹參 (酒炒)DanshenSalvia; wine fried

Danshen Yin

(西) 砂仁 (鹽炒)(Xi) SharenAmomum, Myanmar; salt fried

reverse counterflow of qi, neutralize reflux, balance blood pressure, calm spirit

何首烏 (黑豆制)HeshouwuHeshouwu; black bean cured
珍珠 (豆腐制)ZhenzhuPearl; tofu cured

Supplement Facts

Serving size: 3 capsules
Servings per contains: 
Amount per serving: 1500mg

*Proprietary blend containing pure herbal extracts of:

Zingiber officinale rhizome (Shengjiang), Lycium chinense fruit (Gouqizi), Salvia miltiorrhiza root (Danshen), Polygonum multiflorum root (Heshouwu), Ophiopogon japonicus root (Maimendong), Glehnia littoralis root (Beishashen), Prunella vulgaris fruit spike (Xiakucao), Inula japonica flower (Xuanfuhua), Pinellia ternata rhizome cured (Jiang Banxia), Ziziphus jujuba fruit (Dazao), Glycyrrhiza glabra root (Gancao), Melia toosendan fruit (Chuanlianzi), Amomum villosum fruit (Xi Sharen), Haematitum (Daizheshi), Pteria martensii pearl (Zhenzhu)

* % Daily value not established

Other ingredients: Bentonite clay, vegetable capsule

Counterflow Pearls

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