Herb Formulas Notebook

Bai Hu Cheng Qi Tang

White Tiger Order the Qi Decoction

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Source: Revised Popular Guide to the Discussion of Cold Damage (Qing dynasty)
Author: Yu Gen-Chu / He Bing-Yuan

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Concurrent Yangming channel and organ disorder

Key Symptoms: Fever, profuse sweating, irritablity, thirst with large consumption of fluids, constipation with clumping of dry stool in the intestines, dark scanty and painful urination
Secondary Symptoms: In severe cases delirious speech or manic behaviour

Tongue: Red
Pulse: Flooding, forceful or slippery, rapid

Shi Gao 30-90g
Zhi Mu 9-15g
Zhi Gan Cao 3-6g
Jing Mi 9-15g
Da Huang 3-12g (add near end)
Mang Xiao 3-9g

In the UK Shi Gao must be substituted but no other substances really suffice in this instance, especially since the decoction already contains Zhi Mu which is the only thing that can occasionally take its place in other formulae.

Mang Xiao must also be substituted with Yu Li Ren.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Qi level Heat, drains Yangming fire, purges Heat accumulation from the bowel, generates fluids, alleviates thirst

Contraindications: Cold disorders. Should be discontinued if signs of headache, stiffness in the neck, icy-cold limbs, subjective sensations of cold or impairment of mental faculties occur

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.