Herb Formulas Notebook

Gui Ling Gan Lu Yin

Cinnamon and Poria Sweet Dew Drink

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Source: Formulas from the Discussion Illuminating the Yellow Emperor's Basic Questions (1172)
Author: Liu Wan-Su

Category: Formulas that Dispel Summerheat

Pattern: Summerheat with internal stagnation of water and Dampness

Key Symptoms: Fever, headache, irritability, thirst, urinary difficulty with reduced urine.
Secondary Symptoms: In severe cases there may be simultaneous vomiting and diarrhoea, abdominal fullness, pain or stifling sensation during the summer.

Hua Shi 120g
Zhi Gan Cao 60g
Shi Gao 60g
Han Shui Shi 60g
Rou Gui 15g
Zhu Ling 15g
Fu Ling 15g
Ze Xie 30g
Bai Zhu 15g

In the UK Hua Shi, Shi Gao and Han Shui Shi must be substituted. This combination forms the main Summerheat clearing and Damp draining part of the formula so substitution could be attempted with Chi Fu Ling and Ze Xie (increase dose) to clear Heat and Dampness, Xiang Ru and Bai Bian Dou to clear Summerheat and drain Dampness plus Zhi Mu to clear Qi level Heat while protecting the fluids from excessive draining.

Preparation: Grind the ingredients into a powder and take with 9g of water. A decoction of Sheng Jiang is said to increase the effectiveness. It is often prepared as a decoction with an appropriate reduction in dosage.

Actions: Expels Summerheat, clears Heat, transforms the Qi, promotes the resolution of Dampness.

Contraindications: This is indicated for patterns of overwhelming Heat that is more pronounced than Dampness. It should not be used for patients where Dampness is more pronounced than Heat.

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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.