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Run Chang Wan against constipation

Traditional therapeutic uses

Main indications: constipation, postpartum constipation, chronic constipation in the elderly.

In Chinese energy, this preparation is used to treat constipation due to the Void of Yang and Blood.

Associated symptoms : dull skin and complexion, dry, pale tongue.


As this formula is available in different forms and at different dosages, it is important to follow the manufacturer's recommendations.


This formula owes its effectiveness to the combination of two plants rich in oil (Semen cannabis1 and Semen persicae) with plants that tone and circulate Energy and Blood. This type of constipation is compared to a boat that does not move forward for lack of water. As its action is gentle and non-irritating to the intestines, it may take some time before obtaining the maximum effect.


This formula is cited in the volume Shen Shi Zun Sheng Shu (Master's book Shen for a venerable life) written by the famous doctor Shen Jin-Ao in 1773.


Name in pine yin

Pharmaceutical name

Therapeutic actions

Huo Ma Ren1

Semen cannabis sativae (hemp seeds)

Emollient and laxative, moistens the intestines

Tao Ren

Semen pruni persicae (peach almond)

Laxative by lubrication of the intestines, breaks blood stasis

Dang Gui

Radix angelicae sinensis (angelica root)

Nourishes the Blood, Tones the Liver

Sheng Di Huang

Radix rehmanniae glutinosae (Chinese digital root)2

Refreshes blood, nourishes Yin and Blood

Zhi Ke

Fructus citri aurantii (bitter orange fruit)

Mobilizes Energy, Reduces Stagnation

On the shelves

The products of the following companies meet the good manufacturing practices of theAustralian Therapeutic Goods Administration, which are currently regarded as the highest standards in the world for the evaluation of the manufacturing processes of products from the Chinese Pharmacopoeia.

  • Peach Kernel Pills – Run Chang Wan. Mark : Minshan, manufactured by Lanzhou Foci Herb Factory, Lanzhou, China.

  • Run Chang Wan. Mark : Tanglong, manufactured by Gansu Medicines & Health Products Import and Export Corporation, Lanzhou, China.

Although it does not meet the manufacturing standards of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, the following product has been tested showing that it does not contain pesticides, contaminants or synthetic drugs.

  • Fructus Persica Pills. Manufactured by Lanzhou Foci Pharmaceutical Factory, Lanzhou, China.

Available in Chinese herb stores, several natural health product stores, and distributors of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

Research and writing: Arlette Rouleau, Ac., OAQ and Pierre Lefrançois


Bensky Dan and Barolet Randall, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Formulas & Strategies, Seattle, Eastland Press, 1990.
Fratkin Jake Paul, Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines, Shya Publications, Boulder, July 2001.
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Married Eric. Large Chinese Pharmacopoeia form, Editions Paracelse, 1990.
Naeser Margaret A. Outline Guide to Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines in Pill Form, Boston, Boston Chinese Medicine, 1993.

1. Although the original formula includes seeds of canabis, the majority of preparations currently commercially available do not contain, for legal reasons, the canabis being generally considered a banned substance in the West. We often replace the latter with Hei Zhi Ma (sesame seeds) or by Huo Ma Ren (linseed)
2. Chinese digitalis, unlike European digitalis, contains neither digitalis, digoxin, nor digitoxin

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