Herb Formulas Notebook

Da Huang Fu Zi Tang

Rhubarb and Aconite Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Drain Downward

Pattern: Cold accumulation in the interior causing stagnation of Qi and clumping of fluids

Key Symptoms: Acute abdominal pain, hypochondriac pain, chest pain
Secondary Symptoms: Chills, low grade fever, cold hands and feet

Tongue: Greasy, white coating
Pulse: Submerged, tight and wiry
Abdomen: Pain and tenderness in the hypochondrium and abdomen

Zhi Fu Zi 9-12g
Da Huang 9g
Xi Xin 6g

For legal reasons most of this formula may be difficult to obtain. Fu Zi may be substituted with Rou Gui and Gan Jiang, while Xi Xin may be substituted with Wei Ling Xian.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms the interior, disperses Cold, unblocks the bowels, alleviates pain

Contraindications: Interior Heat excess patterns

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