Herb Formulas Notebook

Ban Xia Hou Po Tang

Pinellia and Magnolia Bark Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Regulate Qi

Pattern: Plum pit Qi, clumping of Qi and Phlegm with rebellious Stomach Qi

Key Symptoms: Feeling of something caught in the throat that can be neither swallowed not ejected, stifling sensation in the chest and hypochondria, epigastric fullness, symptoms worsen when under stress
Secondary Symptoms: Breathing difficulty, palpitations, anxiety, irritability, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, dry throat, hiccup, belching, abdominal distention

Tongue: Wet body with thin white coat
Pulse: Wiry and slow, or wiry and slippery
Abdomen: Epigastric focal distention, splashing sound in the epigastrium, palpable pulsations in epigastrium, slight distention in lower abdomen though abdomen generally feels soft

Zhi Ban Xia 9-12g
Hou Po 9g
Fu Ling 12g
Zi Su Ye 9-15g
Sheng Jiang 4sl

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Promotes movement of Qi, dissipates clumps, directs rebellious Qi downwards, transforms Phlegm

Contraindications: Fire from excess or deficiency with a flushed face, bitter taste and red tongue

Ploberger (2017), in Westliche und traditionell chinesische Heilkräuter, offers the following alternative using western herbs:

Herba Hyperici(St. John's Wort)4g(Emperor)
Folium Melissae(Melissa leaf)5g(Minister)
Herba Menthae(Peppermint)3g(Minister)
Fructus Coriandri(Coriander seed)4g(No role given)
Rhizoma Zingiberis recens(Fresh ginger)2g(Assistant)
Pericarpium Citri ret. vir.(Unripe orange peel)5g(Minister)
Lichen Islandicus(Iceland moss)2g(Envoy)

Research Links:
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Journal of Chinese Medicine
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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.