Herb Formulas Notebook

Bai He Hua Shi Tang

Lily Bulb and Talcum Decoction

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Pathogenic Heat strongly constrained in the San Jiao.

Key Symptoms: Fever, mental disorientation, irritability, insomnia, palpitations, motor dysfunctions, dark urine, bitter taste in the mouth
Secondary Symptoms: Lily Disorder (Bai He Zheng, also a homonym for One Hundred Meetings Disorder) with symptoms where the patient: "desires food, yet does not want to eat, wants to lie down but is unable to lie down, wants to walk but in unable to walk... They may feel cold but have no chills, or they feel hot but have no fever... The various medicines are ineffective and when they take medicine there is intense vomiting and diarrhoea. They are as if possessed".

Pulse: Slightly rapid

Bai He 15-30g
Hua Shi 15-30g

In the UK Hua Shi must be replaced with Chi Fu Ling and Ze Xie.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Moistens the Lungs, enriches the fluids, clears Heat, cools the Blood

Contraindications: Yin deficiency

Can readily damage the Yin fluids so should be discontinued once the fever begins to abate.

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