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Gui Ling Wu Wei Gan Cao Tang

(Cinnamon, Poria, Schisandra and Licorice Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Dispel Phlegm

Pattern: Kidney Yang deficiency with congested fluids in the aftermath of a recent Externally contracted Cold disorder, Chong Mai counterflow.

Key Symptoms: Coughing with profuse, thin and white sputum, cold hands and feet, palpitations, dizziness, occasional attacks of Qi rushing upwards form the lower abdomen to the chest

Tongue: Pale with a white slippery coating
Pulse: Submerged and wiry, forceless in the proximal position

Gui Zhi 12g
Fu Ling 12g
Wu Wei Zi 12-15g
Gan Cao 9g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Preserves the Lungs, transforms congested fluids, directs the Qi downwards

Extraordinary Vessel attributions come from Li Shi-Zhen's (1577-8) Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), trans. Chace & Shima (2009) where he describes a formula by Sun Si-Miao in his Formulas Worth a Thousand Gold Pieces (650) called "Ling Wu Wei Zi Tang" that appears to be identical to this and with identical indications except that Fu Ling and Wu Wei Zi are at twice the dose of Gui Xin and Gan Cao. It advises to omit Rou Gui if there is chest fullness.

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