Herb Formulas Notebook

Jia Jian Ba Zheng San

Modified Eight Herb Powder for Rectification

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Source: Essential Teachings of Dan-Xi (1481)
Author: Zhu Dan-Xi

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Damp-Heat in the Bladder or lower Jiao with weak Yang Qi

Key Symptoms: Dark, turbid, scanty, difficult and painful urination, urinary retention, lower abdominal distention and pain
Secondary Symptoms: Dry mouth and throat, fatigue

Tongue: Greasy, yellow coating
Pulse: Slippery, rapid
Abdomen: Lower abdominal tenderness and fullness

Mu Tong 3-6g
Hua Shi 12-30g
Che Qian Zi 9-15g
Qu Mai 6-12g
Bian Xu 6-12g
Zhi Zi 3-9g
Da Huang 6-9g (wine washed)
Deng Xin Cao 3-6g
Zhi Gan Cao 3-9g
Mu Xiang 3-9g

In UK Mu Tong must be substituted for Tong Cao and a larger dose of Qu Mai. Hua Shi must also be substituted for Chi Fu Ling and Ze Xie.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Heat, drains Fire, promotes urination, unblocks painful urinary dribbling, protects the Yang Qi from injury by Cold, bitter herbs

Contraindications: Long term use can cause weakness, light headedness, palpitations and a loss of appetite. Should not be used for deficiency Cold patterns or pregnancy without significant modification

Dan-Xi's addition of Mu Xiang helps to protect the Yang Qi from injury by the Cold and bitter herbs. This means that the indications for this formula will be the same as for the unmodified version but there may be signs of Yang Qi deficiency accompanying the presentation, or it may be preventative because the formula is intended for longer than usual use.

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