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Herbs Board Practice Test 10


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Practice Test 10

1. What is the action of bao he wan (preserve harmony pill)?



  1. Strengthen the spleen, reduce food stagnation, and stop diarrhea

  2. Guide out stagnation, purge accumulation, and drain heat

  3. Tonify the spleen and reduce focal distention

  4. Reduce food stagnation and harmonize the stomach

2. A 51 year old male has chronic, unremitting diarrhea. He is concerned that this problem is trending towards incontinence. Other symptoms include abdominal pain that improves with warmth and pressure, low appetite, and a sore low back. His tongue is pale with a thin white coat. His pulse is slow and thin. What is the treatment?



  1. jin suo gu jing wan (metal lock for stabilizing the essence pill)

  2. jiu xian san (nine-immortal powder)

  3. zhen ren yang zang tang (true man's decoction for nourishing the organs)

  4. gu chong tang (stabilize gushing decoction)

3. A 45 year old male has coughing with yellow, viscous sputum that is difficult to expectorate. He has a feeling of fullness in the chest and nausea. His tongue is red with a greasy, yellow coat. The pulse is slippery and rapid. What is the treatment?



  1. xiao luo wan (reduce scrofula pill)

  2. qing qi hua tan wan (clear the qi and transform phlegm pill)

  3. ding xian wan (arrest seizures pill)

  4. wen dan tang (warm the gallbladder decoction)

4. What are the ingredients in hou po san wu tang (three-substance decoction with magnolia bark)?



  1. hou po (cortex magnoliae officinalis), zhi ke (fructus citri aurantii), huo ma ren (semen cannabis sativae)

  2. hou po (cortex magnolia officinalis), qing pi (pericarpium citri reticulatae), xiang fu (rhizome cyperi rotundi)

  3. hou po (cortex magnoliae officinalis), zhi shi (fructus immaturus citri aurantii), da huang (radix et rhizoma rhei)

  4. hou po (cortex magnoliae officinalis), chen pi (pericarpium citri reticulatae), da fu pi (pericarpium arecae catechu)

5. Which ingredients are in ban xia hou po tang (pinellia and magnolia bark decoction)?



  1. ban xia (rhizoma pinelliae ternatae), hou po (cortex magnolia officinalis), fu ling (sclerotium poriae cocos), sheng jiang (rhizome zingiberis officinalis recens), zi su ye (folium perillae frutescentis)

  2. ban xia (rhizoma pinelliae ternatae), hou po (cortex magnoliae officinalis), fu ling (sclerotium poriae cocos), gan cao (radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)

  3. ban xia (rhizoma pinelliae ternatae), hou po (cortex magnoliae officinalis), sheng jiang (rhizoma zingiberis officinalis recens), da zao (fructus zizyphi jujubae)

  4. ban xia (rhizome pinelliae ternatae), hou po (cortex magnoliae officinalis), gua lou (fructus trichosanthis), fu ling (sclerotium poriae cocos), gan cao (radix glycyrrhizae uralensis)

6. What is the ratio of huang lian (rhizoma coptidis) to wu zhu yu (fructus evodiae rutaecarpae) in zuo jin wan (left metal pill)?



  1. 5:1

  2. 1:1

  3. 2:1

  4. 6:1

7. What are the actions of suan zao ren (semen zizyphi spinosae)?



  1. Nourishes heart yin, tonifies liver blood, quiets the spirit, and prevents abnormal sweating

  2. Calms the spirit, expels phlegm, and clears the orifices

  3. Arrests tremors and palpitations and calms the spirit

  4. Benefits the yin, settles and calms the spirit

8. What are the actions of zhu ru (caulis bambusae in taeniis)?



  1. Disseminates lung qi, expels phlegm, directs other herbs to the upper body

  2. Clears and transforms phlegm heat, stops vomit, and cools the blood

  3. Redirects qi downward, expels phlegm, and releases wind from the exterior

  4. Reduces phlegm, softens nodules, promotes urination, and reduces swelling

9. What are the actions of tian ma (rhizoma gastrodiae elatae)?



  1. Calms the liver, extinguishes wind, and controls spasms and tremors

  2. Clears heat from the liver and regulates liver qi

  3. Drains heat, stops spasms, and unblocks the channels and collaterals

  4. Soothes the liver and releases the exterior

10. What are the actions of bu zhong yi qi tang (tonify the middle and augment the qi decoction)?



  1. Augments qi, strengthens the spleen, and stops diarrhea

  2. Tonifies qi and blood, strengthens the spleen, and nourishes the heart

  3. Augments qi, generates fluids, and stops excessive sweating

  4. Tonifies middle burner qi and raises sunken yang

11. Jia wei xiao yao san (augmented rambling powder) is xiao yao san (rambling powder) plus which ingredients?



  1. mu dan pi (cortex moutan radicis) and xuan shen (radix scrophulariae ningpoensis)

  2. di gu pi (cortex lycii radicis) and zhi mu (rhizome anemarrhenae asphodeloidis)

  3. mu dan pi (cortex moutan radicis) and zhi zi (fructus gardeniae jasminoidis)

  4. mu dan pi (cortex moutan radicis) and zhi ke (fructus citri aurantii)

12. What are the actions of wu wei zi (fructus schisandrae chinensis)?



  1. Stops cough and diarrhea, inhibits sweat, generates fluids, and calms the spirit

  2. Stops cough and diarrhea, generates fluids, expels roundworms, stops bleeding

  3. Stops sweating, nourishes the heart, calms the spirit, treats bedwetting

  4. Stops bleeding, promotes the healing of wounds

13. A 35 year old female has coughing with copious, white sputum, focal distention and fullness, and palpitations. She has some nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Her tongue is swollen with a thick, white, greasy coat. Her pulse is slippery. What is the treatment?



  1. bei mu gua lou san (fritillaria and trichosanthes fruit powder)

  2. er chen tang (two-cured decoction)

  3. wen dan tang (warm the gallbladder decoction)

  4. ban xia bai zhu tian ma tang (pinellia, atractylodes macrocephala, and gastrodia decoction)

14. A 62 year old female has coughing with blood-streaked sputum, wheezing, and a sore throat. She has insomnia and hot palms. Her tongue is red with no coat, and her pulse is thready and rapid. What is the treatment?



  1. mai men dong tang (ophiopogonis decoction)

  2. bai he gu jin tang (lily bulb decoction to preserve the metal)

  3. yu ye tang (jade fluid decoction)

  4. zeng ye tang (increase the fluids decoction)

15. Which ingredients in liu wei di huang wan (six-ingredient pill with rehmannia) are used to drain?

  1. fu ling (sclerotium poriae cocos), zhu ling (sclerotium polypore umbellati), ze xie (rhizoma alismatis orientalis)

  2. shu di huang (radix rehmanniae glutinosae conquitae), shan zhu yu (fructus corni officinalis), shan yao (radix dioscoreae oppositae)

  3. sheng di huang (radix rehmanniae glutinosae), shan zha (fructus crataegi), shan shen (radix ginseng)

  4. fu ling (sclerotium poriae cocos), mu dan pi (cortex moutan radicis), ze xie (rhizoma alismatis orientalis)

16. A 27 year old male who has been recovering from dysentery has developed irritability, hot sensations in his chest, insomnia, and palpitations with anxiety. His tongue is red with a dry yellow coat. His pulse is thin and rapid. What is the treatment?



  1. huang lian e jiao tang (coptis and ass-hide gelatin decoction)

  2. gan mai da zao tang (licorice, wheat, and jujube decoction)

  3. suan zao ren tang (sour jujube decoction)

  4. ding zhi wan (settle the emotions pill)

17. How many grams are in one qian?



  1. .3 grams

  2. 3 grams

  3. .03 grams

  4. 31 grams

18. What are the actions of yu ping feng san (jade windscreen powder)?



  1. Nourish lung qi and stop cough

  2. Preserve the lungs, stop cough, augment qi, and nourish yin

  3. Augment qi, stabilize the exterior, and stop sweating

  4. Enrich yin, clear heat, stabilize the exterior, and stop sweating

19. How is qing hao bie jia tang (artemesia annua and soft-shelled turtle shell decoction) modified when there is blazing fire from deficiency?



  1. Add mu dan pi (cortex moutan) and sheng di huang (radix rehmannia)

  2. Add long dan cao (radix gentianae) and di gu pi (cortex lycii radicis)

  3. Add bai wei (radix cynanchi baiwei) and di gu pi (cortex lycii radicis)

  4. Add mai men dong (tuber ophiopogonis japnici) and sheng di huang (radix rehmannia)

20. A 19 year old female has menstruation with constant spotting and abdominal pain. The blood is pale and without clots. She has a pale complexion and complains of a sore low back. Her tongue is pale with a thin, white coat and her pulse is weak. What is the treatment?

  1. huai hua san (sophora japonicae flower powder)

  2. jiao ai tang (ass-hide gelatin and mugwort decoction)

  3. shi hui san (ten partially-charred substances powder)

  4. xiao ji yin zi (cephalanoplos decoction)

21. The ratio of huang qi (radix astragali membranacei) to dang gui (radix angelicae sinensis) in dang gui bu xue tang (tangkuei decoction to tonify the blood) is?



  1. 5:1

  2. 6:1

  3. 1:1

  4. 2:1

22. Which ingredients in liu wei di huang wan (six-ingredient pill with rehmannia) are used to tonify?



  1. sheng di huang (radix rehmanniae glutinosae), shan zha (fructus crataegi), ren shen (radix ginseng)

  2. fu ling (sclerotium poriae cocos), zhu ling (sclerotium polypori umbellati), ze xie (rhizoma alismatis orientalis)

  3. shu di huang (radix rehmanniae glutinosae conquitae), shan zhu yu (fructus corni officinalis), shan yao (radix dioscoreae oppositae)

  4. fu ling (sclerotium poriae cocos), mu dan pi (cortex moutan radicis), ze xie (rhizoma alismatis orientalis)

23. What are the actions of shan zha (fructus crataegi)?



  1. Strongly reduce food stagnation, secures the essence, dissolves stones

  2. Reduces food stagnation, aids mineral digestion and absorption

  3. Reduces food stagnation, inhibits lactation, moves liver qi

  4. Reduce and guide out food stagnation, transform blood stasis

24. How should xuan fu hua (flos inulae) be cooked in a decoction?



  1. Decocted in gauze

  2. Decocted first

  3. Taken with strained decoction

  4. Added near end

25. What is the temperature and nature of pi pa ye (folium eriobotryae japonicae)?

  1. Bitter and cool

  2. Bitter, slightly warm, slightly toxic

  3. Sweet and cold

  4. Sweet, bitter, and slightly warm

Herbs Board Practice Test 10 - Answer Key:


1. D

2. C


3. B

4. C


5. A

6. D


7. A

8. B


9. A

10. D


11. C

12. A


13. B

14. B


15. D

16. A


17. B

18. C


19. C

20. B


21. A

22. C


23. D

24. A


25. A


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