Herb Formulas Notebook

Shen Xiao Tai Yi Gao

Wonderously Effective "Tai Yi" (great medicine) Ointment

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Source: Categorised Essentials of Repairing the Body (1548)
Author: Xue Ji

Category: Formulas that are Applied Externally

Pattern: Toxic Heat from Blood stasis caused by abscesses or wounds

Key Symptoms: Abscesses, eruptions on the back and wounds from caning, especially if festering.

Xuan Shen 37.5g
Bai Zhi 37.5g
Dang Gui 37.5g
Rou Gui 37.5g
Chi Shao 37.5g
Da Huang 37.5g
Sheng Di Huang 37.5g
Huang Dan 750g
Ma You 1kg

Huang Dan is no longer used because of toxicity, even in external use. The ointment should be thickened with approx 200g beeswax.

Preparation: Place the herbs and the sesame oil in a copper wok and boil until the herbs turn black. Filter to remove the dregs and slowly add the thickening agent. Drip some into water and rub between the fingers until the correct degree of hardness has been obtained.

Actions: Clears Heat and cools the Blood, invigorates the Blood

A version of this formula is used in pre-prepared plaster form in the China Medical University Hospital in Taichong, Taiwan. It was called "Hung Hui" (浤匯 - The Sound of Water Swirling) detumescent emplastra and contained:

Bai Zhi 14mg
Chi Shao 14mg
Xuan Shen 14mg
Rou Gui 14mg
Da Huang 14mg
Mu Bei Zi 14mg
Sheng Di Huang 14mg
Huang Dan 289mg
Xue Yu Tan 7mg
Ru Xiang 4mg
Bo He 3mg
A Wei 2mg
Mo Yao 2mg
Ma You to make up to 1g

Indicated for rheumatic pain, pain and soreness of the bone and tendon and pain from injury.

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