Herb Formulas Notebook

Bai Tou Weng Jia Gan Cao E Jiao Tang

Pulsatilla Decoction plus Licorice and Ass-Hide Gelatin

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

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Heat toxin searing the Stomach and Intestines (Yangming) with Yin deficiency

Key Symptoms: Abdominal pain, tenesmus, burning sensation around the anus, thirst
Secondary Symptoms: Diarrhoea containing more blood than pus, signs of Yin deficiency such as mild fever, hot flushes, heat in the palms and soles, night sweats. Often recommended to post-partum patients.

Tongue: Red body with yellow patchy coat
Pulse: Wiry and rapid, slippery, rapid and forceful
Abdomen: No rebound tenderness

Bai Tou Weng 12-18g
Huang Lian 9g
Huang Bai 9g
Qin Pi 9g
Gan Cao 6g
E Jiao 6g (Add to strained decoction)

In the UK E Jiao is substituted with Han Lian Cao and Gou Qi Zi.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Heat, resolves toxicity, cools the Blood, alleviates dysentery, enriches the Yin

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