Herb Formulas Notebook

Hou Po Wen Zhong Tang

Magnolia Bark Decoction for Warming the Middle

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Source: Clarifying Doubts About Damage from Internal and External Causes (1247)
Author: Li Gao / Dong-Yuan

Category: Formulas that Regulate Qi

Pattern: Dampness Obstructing the middle Jiao with Spleen and Stomach Excess Cold

Key Symptoms: Epigastric and abdominal distention and fullness with periodic abdominal pain (that is better for warmth but aggravated by pressure)
Secondary Symptoms: Vomiting of clear fluids, loss of appetite, fatigue in the extremities, loose stools or diarrhoea, cold extremities

Tongue: Pale body, white, slippery coating
Pulse: Slow
Abdomen: Focal distention in the epigastrium, abdominal distention but soft abdomen

Hou Po 9-15g (ginger processed)
Cao Dou Kou 6-9g
Chen Pi 9-15g
Mu Xiang 6-9g
Gan Jiang 1.5-6g
Fu Ling 9-12g
Zhi Gan Cao 6-9g
Sheng Jiang 4-6sl

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Promotes the movement of Qi, eliminates fullness, dries Dampness, warms the Middle Jiao

Contraindications: Qi deficiency, Yin deficiency

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