Herb Formulas Notebook

Ban Liu Wan

(Pinellia and Sulphur Pill)

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Source: Formulary of the Pharmacy Service for Benefiting the People of the Taiping Era (1107)
Author: Imperial Medical Bureau

Category: Formulas that Drain Downward

Pattern: Declining Ming Men Fire allowing Cold Turbidity to accumulate internally.

Key Symptoms: Habitual constipation or chronic diarrhoea, increased urination with urine that is clear in colour, pale complexion, cold extremities, abdominal pain that is aggravated by cold, a heavy or cold sensation in the lower back and spine

Tongue: Pale with white coat
Pulse: Submerged and slow

Zhi Ban Xia
Zhi Liu Huang

In the UK Liu Huang must be substituted. No standard substitutions are given but from the symptom presentation any number of Yang tonics could suffice depending on the presentation.

Preparation: Originally equal amounts were ground into a fine powder and formed into pills with the juice of Sheng Jiang. Standard dosage was 15-20 small pills per day with warm wine or decoction of Sheng Jiang for men and a vinegar distinction for women. At present no distinction is made between men and women and dosage is measured as starting at 0.5g per day and increasing to 3g per day if necessary.

Actions: Fortifies the Ming Men Fire, expels Cold, unblocks the Yang, drains turbidity

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