Herb Formulas Notebook

Gan Cao Fu Zi Tang

Licorice and Aconite Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Wind-Damp-Cold obstruction of the Taiyang Channels

Key Symptoms: Deep-seated pain in the bones and joints with restriction of movement and aggravation on pressure
Secondary Symptoms: Sweating, shortness of breath, inhibited urination, aversion to drafts with disinclination to remove ones clothes, slight oedema, constipation

Zhi Gan Cao 6g
Zhi Fu Zi 12-15g (2 pcs)
Bai Zhu 6g
Gui Zhi 12g

In the UK Fu Zi must be substituted. Rou Gui and Xian Mao are the standard choice for joint pain. Since Gui Zhi is already in the formula then another Yang tonic that expels Wind-Damp-Cold from the channels like Yin Yang Huo might be more suitable.

Preparation: Decoction. The source text advises taking in 3 doses over the course of 1 day.A slight mild sweat should occur after taking showing the condition is being resolved.

Actions: Expels Wind-Damp-Cold and warms the Channels, supports the Yang

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