Herb Formulas Notebook

Ling Xi Bai Hu Tang

White Tiger with Antelope and Rhinoceros Horn Decoction

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Source: Warp and Weft of Warm Diseases (1852)
Author: Wang Shi-Xiong / Meng-Ying

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Injury of the Qi and Blood due to Warm-Heat disease

Key Symptoms: Fever, irritability, thirst, impaired consciousness and convulsions

Tongue: Red
Pulse: Rapid

Shi Gao 30-90g
Zhi Mu 9-15g
Zhi Gan Cao 3-6g
Jing Mi 9-15g
Ling Yang Jiao 3-9g
Shui Niu Jiao 3-12g

In the UK Shi Gao must be substituted but no other substances really suffice in this instance, especially since the decoction already contains Zhi Mu which is the only thing that can occasionally take its place in other formulae.

Xi Jiao is replaced with Shui Niu Jiao due to the endangered status of rhinoceros. In the UK this and Ling Yang Jiao must be replaced anyway. Some suggestions are:
Ling Yang Jiao == Gou Teng + Mu Dan Pi
Shui Niu Jiao == Xuan Shen + Huang Lian (3:1 ratio)

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Qi and Blood level Heat, generates fluids, alleviates thirst

Contraindications: Cold disorders. Should be discontinued if signs of headache, stiffness in the neck, icy-cold limbs, subjective sensations of cold or impairment of mental faculties occur

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