Objectives : This paper aims to lay out the meaning of Gongjindan, its indications and mechanisms based on relevant contents in the 『Donguibogam』, for better clinical application.
Methods : First, Gongjindan related contents were searched in the medical classics database.
Next, contents from the 『Shizhaibaiyixuanfang』 and the 『Donguibogam』 were analyzed.
Finally, the properties of the Gongjindan ingredients were examined based on the 『Donguibogam』and the 『Zhongyaodacidian』.
Results & Conclusions : Examination of its indications according to the 『Donguibogam』 in terms of applicable age and viscera/bowels, Gongjindan could be applied to children with constitutional insufficiency and elder generations, but it could not be said to be most appropriate for older generations. In regards to viscera/bowels, Gongjindan sends water upwards into fire in the water-rising-fire-descending mechanism, which makes it applicable to symptoms of anxiety and fear by tonifying the consumed Jing and Blood caused by Liver deficiency. To summarize, those who would most benefit from Gongjindan are young adults in weak, fearful and lethargic conditions.