Herb Formulas Notebook

Bai Hu Tang

White Tiger Decoction

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Source: Discussion of Cold Damage (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Yangming Heat

Key Symptoms: "Four Greats": Great fever, great thirst, great sweat, great (large) pulse
Secondary Symptoms: Aversion to Heat, red face, irritability, headache, toothache, bleeding of the gums and nose

Tongue: Likely to be red
Pulse: Flooding, forceful or slippery, rapid

Shi Gao 30-90g
Zhi Mu 9-15g
Zhi Gan Cao 3-6g
Jing Mi 9-15g

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.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Qi level Heat, drains Yangming Fire, 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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