Herb Formulas Notebook

Ji Jiao Li Huang Wan

Stephania, Zanthoxylum, Tingli Seed and Rhubarb Pill

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

Category: Formulas that Drain Downward

Pattern: Accumulation of water in the Stomach and Intestines with Qi stagnation

Key Symptoms: Abdominal distention, borborygmus, dryness of the mouth and tongue, constipation, reduced urination

Tongue: Yellow, greasy coating
Pulse: Wiry and slippery or submerged, full and slightly rapid

Han Fang Ji 30g
Jiao Mu 30g
Ting Ling Zi 30g
Da Huang 30g

In the UK Fang Ji must be substituted with Yi Yi Ren and Hai Tong Pi. Jiao Mu might be hard to obtain too and could be substituted with other water expelling herbs like Qian Niu Zi or for a gentler action diuretic herbs from Wu Ling San like Fu Ling, Zhu Ling and Ze Xie.

Preparation: Ground into powder and formed into 3-9g pills with honey. One pill taken before meals three times per day.

Actions: Drives out water, scours out thin mucus, moves the Qi and reduces distention

Contraindications: Long term use and patients where water accumulation is due to Spleen deficiency.

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