Herb Formulas Notebook

Bi Ba Bing

Long Pepper Cake

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Source: Introduction to Medicine (1575)
Author: Li Chan / Jian-Zhai

Category: Formulas that are Applied Externally

Pattern: Wind-Cold invasion

Key Symptoms: Nasal congestion with clear copious discharge
Secondary Symptoms: Wind-Cold exterior signs: aversion to cold, headache, chills and fever, aching joints, absence of sweating

Bi Ba
Xiang Fu
Da Suan

Preparation: Equal amount of Bi Ba and Xiang Fu are ground into a powder and stored in an airtight container. When ready the powder is pounded with fresh garlic into a a flat round cake about 2cm in diameter and 1cm thick. It is heated and then placed on acupuncture point Du-22 (Xin Hui) with moxa burned on top of it to keep it warm and lifted occasionally to prevent burning the hair or skin.

Actions: Warms the exterior, dispels Cold, opens the nose

This method using different herbs and points can be used for several other disorders.

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