Herb Formulas Notebook

Jin Fei Cao San

(Inula Powder)

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Source: Formulary of the Pharmacy Service for Benefiting the People of the Taiping Era (1107)
Author: Imperial Medical Bureau

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Wind-Cold and Phlegm fettering the Lung's downbearing function

Key Symptoms: Chills, fever, cough with copious sputum, nasal congestion, deep and low voice, headache, clouded vision, fullness and oppression in the chest and diaphragm
Secondary Symptoms: Toothache due to Wind-Cold

Tongue: Puffy with tooth marks and a greasy, white coating
Pulse: Floating pulse

Xuan Fu Hua 9g
Ma Huang 3-6g
Qian Hu 9g
Jing Jie 6-9g
Zhi Gan Cao 3g
Zhi Ban Xia 5-9g
Chi Shao 3-6g
Sheng Jiang 3sl
Da Zao 1pc

In the UK only 1.8g of Ma Huang can be given daily so additional exterior releasing herbs such as Fang Feng and Zi Su Ye should be added to complement its function.

Preparation: The source text recommends all the herbs except Sheng Jiang and Da Zao are ground into a powder with 9-15g decocted from 1.5 cups to 0.8 cups with the last two ingredients. At present it is normally prepared as a decoction with the dosages given.

Actions: Discharges and Disperses Wind-Cold, disseminates and directs the Lung Qi downward, transforms Phlegm, stops cough, calms wheezing

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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.