Herb Formulas Notebook

Da Huang Gan Cao Tang

Rhubarb and Licorice Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Drain Downward

Pattern: Heat clumping in the Intestines and Fire rising to disturb the Stomach

Key Symptoms: Constipation, vomiting
Secondary Symptoms: Facial flushing, red eyes, irritability, bitter taste in the mouth

Tongue: Red with prickles
Pulse: Excessive, forceful
Abdomen: No pronounced distention or pain

Da Huang 12g
Gan Cao 6g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Unblocks the bowels, purges clumped Heat, harmonises the Stomach, stops vomiting

Contraindications: Pronounced abdominal distention and pain, or delirious speech for which an 'Order the Qi' formula is indicated

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