Herb Formulas Notebook

Gan Cao Gan Jiang Fu Ling Bai Zhu Tang

Licorice, Ginger, Poria and White Atractylodes Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Cold-Damp Bi of the waist and lower back due to external invasion and/or Spleen deficiency

Key Symptoms: Heavy sensation in the body, cold and pain in the lower back, pressure in the lower back as if carrying a heavy weight
Secondary Symptoms: Normal appetite, absence of thirst, copious urine

Tongue: Pale with a white moist coating
Pulse: Submerged, thin and moderate

Gan Cao 6g
Gan Jiang 12g
Fu Ling 12g
Bai Zhu 6g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms the Spleen and overcomes Dampness

Contraindications: Damp-Heat

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