Herb Formulas Notebook

Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang

Tangkuei and Six Yellows Decoction

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Source: Secrets from the Orchid Chamber (1336)
Author: Li Gao / Dong-Yuan

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Night sweats due to raging Fire in the interior with deficiency of Blood and Yin

Key Symptoms: Fever, night sweats, red face, dry mouth and parched lips, irritability, dry stools, dark scanty urine

Tongue: Red and dry
Pulse: Rapid

Dang Gui 6-9g
Sheng Di Huang 9-15g
Shu Di Huang 9-15g
Huang Lian 3-6g
Huang Qin 6-12g
Huang Bai 6-12g
Huang Qi 12-24g

Preparation: Source text advises grinding equal amounts of all ingredients except a double dose of Huang Qi and taking as a 15g draft before meals. At present it is more commonly taken as a decoction with the dosages given.

Actions: Enriches the Yin, drains Fire, stabilises the Exterior, stops sweating

Contraindications: Should be used with caution if at all in cases with Spleen and Stomach deficiency.

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