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Liu He Tang

Harmonise the Six Decoction

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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 Expel Dampness

Pattern: Invasion of Cold with internal damage due to Dampness

Key Symptoms: Chills and fever, absence of sweating, headache, feeling muddled, wheezing from phlegm, cough, a stifling sensation in the chest or a sensation of fullness and distention in the diaphragmatic region, vomiting and diarrhoea, lack of strength in the extremities, no desire for food or drink, dark urine that is reduced in volume

Tongue: White, slippery coating

Ren Shen 3g
Sha Ren 3g
Zhi Ban Xia 3g
Xing Ren 3g
Bai Zhu 6g
Huo Xiang Ye 6g
Bian Dou 6g
Chi Fu Ling 6g
Mu Gua 6g
Hou Po 12g (ginger fried)
Xiang Ru 12g
Zhi Gan Cao 3g
Sheng Jiang 3sl
Da Zao 1pc

Preparation: Originally all but the last two ingredients were ground into powder with 12g doses cooked in water with the Sheng Jiang and Da Zao added but can also be prepared as a standard decoction.

Actions: Strengthens the Spleen, transforms Dampness, causes the pure to ascend and the turbid to descend, harmonises the functions of the six Fu (Stomach, Large intestine, Small Intestine, Bladder, Gallbladder, San Jiao)

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