Herb Formulas Notebook

Bai He Zhi Mu Tang

(Lily Bulb and Anemarrhena Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Exhaustion of Yang fluids producing dryness and exacerbating Heat from constraint.

Key Symptoms: Lily disorder (see below) with pronounced symptoms of heat and dryness in the upper Jiao such as insomnia, dizziness, cough, restlessness
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
Zhi Mu 15-30g

Preparation: Decoction.

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

Originally for when symptoms of Heat are mistaken for a Taiyang pattern and the patient is treated by mistakenly inducing sweating.

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