The specialists at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness are studied in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM relies upon herbal remedies, as practiced in the East for more than 2500 years.

In this article, we’re talking about Liu Jun Zi Tang, otherwise known as “Six Gentlemen’s Formula”.

Liu Jun Zi Tang targets the energy, or qi (chi), of the body. It works on the spleen, helping to improve energy and eliminate abdominal issues. Targeted at removing sluggish digestion and squishy belly dampness, Liu Jun Zi Tang also works to break up phlegm, boosts a loss of appetite and helps with gas and other intestinal complaints.

Research shows that “Six Gentlemen’s Formula” is able to regulate gastro enteric movement and abnormal intestinal mobility caused by chills and fever. It also inhibits the gastric mucosa and regulates the secretory functions of the gastro-intestinal tract.


The six ingredients (hence the informal name) of Liu Jun Zi Tang includes:

  • Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng) which revitalizes energy and tonifies the spleen
  • Bai Zhu (Atractylodes Macrocephala) works with Ren Shen to tonify the spleen and promotes the drying of dampness associated with “squishy belly” symptoms
  • Fu Ling (Poria), Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) and Chen Pi (Tangerine Peel) each works to improve the function of the spleen to increase the secretion of water (helping to eliminate waste)
  • Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) is a harmonizing herb which works with the other five to help improve their functions and balance qi


The oldest known record of the use of the Six Gentleman’s Formula was during the Song Dynasty of the 16th Century. An herbalist named Chen Zi Ming put together a medical book on Effective Prescriptions for Women and included Liu Jun Zi Tang as a recommendation for gastric distress. This herbal combination was then mentioned in several more books, compiled in the years following. So, for several hundred years “Six Gentlemen’s Formula” has been known as an effective TCM treatment for those with gastrointestinal distress and problems related to the spleen. As a reminder, your spleen serves your immune system by filtering your blood of toxins.

If you are curious about any of the Traditional Chinese Medicines that we discuss in our blog, Thrive is happy to answer your questions!