Herb Formulas Notebook

Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang

Stephania and Astragalus Decoction

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Source: Discussion of Cold Damage (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Exterior Deficiency with Wind-Dampness

Key Symptoms: Superficial oedema, sweating, pain, swelling or stiffness in the joints
Secondary Symptoms: Pale complexion, fatigue on slight exertion, aversion to drafts, heavy sensation in the body, urinary difficulty, slight thirst

Tongue: Pale with a white coat
Pulse: Floating
Abdomen: Weak abdominal wall, increased abdominal fat

Huang Qi 9-15g
Han Fang Ji 6-12g
Bai Zhu 4-5-9g
Zhi Gan Cao 4.5-6g
Sheng Jiang 2-3sl
Da Zao 1-2 pieces

In the UK Han Fang Ji must be substituted with Yi Yi Ren and Hai Tong Pi.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Augments the Qi, dispels Wind, strengthens the Spleen, promotes urination, reduces oedema

Contraindications: Excess type oedema, water-Dampness constraint of the protective Yang

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