Herb Formulas Notebook

Qing Gu San

Cool the Bones Powder

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Source: Indispensable Tools for Pattern Treatment (1602)
Author: Wang Ken-Tang

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Steaming Bone Disorder from Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency

Key Symptoms: Afternoon tidal fever or unremitting chronic low grade fever, a sensation of heat in the bones but with flesh that is not warm to the touch, irritability, insomnia, emaciation, lethargy, red lips, dark red cheeks, night sweats, thirst, dry throat

Tongue: Red with little coating
Pulse: Thin and rapid

Yin Chai Hu 9g
Zhi Mu 6g
Hu Huang Lian 6g
Di Gu Pi 6g
Qing Hao 6g
Qin Jiao 6g
Bie Jia 6g (vinegar fried)
Gan Cao 3g

In the UK Bie Jia is normally substituted with Sheng Di Huang and increasing the dosage of Qing Hao.

Preparation: Originally half the above dosage was ground into powder and taken as a draft between meals but is more commonly prepared as a decoction today.

Actions: Clears Heat from Deficiency, alleviates Steaming Bone Disorder

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