Herb Formulas Notebook

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Source: Formulas of Universal Benefit from My Practice (1132)
Author: Xu Shu-Wei

Category: Formulas that Dispel Phlegm

Pattern: Wind-Phlegm with Qi and Yin deficiency

Key Symptoms: Headaches (often starting in the morning and persisting throughout the day), dizziness, hot flushes
Secondary Symptoms: Tinnitus, insomnia, muscle tension in the neck and shoulders, loss of appetite, abdominal bloating, bloodshot red eyes.

In modern Kampo this formula is used to treat high blood pressure and dizziness, especially in older patients with atheroslerosis.

Tongue: Red edges and a greasy coating
Pulse: Soft but wiry and rapid

Shi Gao 5-7g
Gou Teng 3g
Chen Pi 3g
Ban Xia 3g
Mai Men Dong 3g
Fu Ling 3g
Ren Shen 2g
Fang Feng 2g
Ju Hua 2g
Gan Cao 1g
Sheng Jiang 1g

In the UK Shi Gao will have to be replaced. The best replacement is probably Zhi Mu. Huang Bai could also be added if hot flushes are pronounced.

Preparation: Decoction. The dosages above are those used in Japan.

Actions: Extinguishes Wind, transforms Phlegm, strengthens the Spleen, enriches the Yin.

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.