Herb Formulas Notebook

Gan Sui Ban Xia Tang

(Kansui and Pinellia Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Drain Downward

Pattern: Lingering thin mucus (Liu Yin)

Key Symptoms: Fullness and distention of the chest and abdomen, hardness in the epigastrium, abdominal pain, diarrhoea
Secondary Symptoms: Nausea or vomiting, cold back, thirst with no desire to drink

Tongue: Pale with a white slippery coating
Pulse: Deep or hidden

Gan Sui 3g
Ban Xia 5g
Shao Yao 3g
Gan Cao 3g

In the UK Gan Sui must be substituted. Few other things have this harsh action but Qian Niu Zi and/or Ting Li Zi, some elements of Wu Ling San or Da Cheng Qi Tang might be able to suffice for a less acute presentation depending on whether purging through the bowel or urine is desirable. Urgent cases may require referral to hospital.

Preparation: Decoction. The ingredients are boiled in 200ml of water until 50ml remain, then add 50ml of honey, bring to the boil again and take in a single dose.

Actions: Drives out water, dispels Phlegm, disperses knotting, eliminates fullness, relaxes hypertonicity, stops pain.

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