Herb Formulas Notebook

Qing Liang Gao

Cool Clearing Paste

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Source: A Collection of Zhao Bingnan's Clinical Experiences (in Xu's Dermatology in TCM, 2004)
Author: Zhao Bingnan

Category: Formulas that are Applied Externally

Pattern: Heat rashes due to dry skin

Key Symptoms: Red painful circumscribed skin lesions that have not ruptured, rashes with severe itching, burns or scalds

Zi Cao 6g
Dang Gui 30g
Da Huang 4.5g (finely powdered)
Ma You 300g
Feng La 120-180g

Zi Cao is not allowed to used internally in the UK due to fears over Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids but external use is still permitted.

Preparation: Soak the first two ingredients in the sesame oil for three days, then gently fry until the Dang Gui starts to brown. Remove the residue, add the wax and melt in the hot oil. Allow to cool before adding the powdered Da Huang, stirring continuously to produce a paste.

Actions: Clears Heat, cools the Blood, resolves Toxicity, moistens Dryness, relieves pain and itching

This is identical to Run Ji Gao but with the addition of Da Huang and a considerably higher proportion of wax.

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