Herb Formulas Notebook

Shu Zao Yin Zi

Dredging and Cutting Drink

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Source: Formulas to Aid the Living (1253)
Author: Yan Yong-He

Category: Formulas that Drain Downward

Pattern: Yang Oedema (Yang Shui) flooding both the interior and exterior causing Qi stagnation

Key Symptoms: Generalised oedema, wheezing, dyspnoea, restlessness and irritability, thirst, constipation, urinary obstruction

Ze Xie 12g
Chi Xiao Dou 15g
Shang Lu 6g
Qiang Huo 9g
Da Fu Pi 15g
Jiao Mu 9g
Mu Tong 12g
Qin Jiao 9g
Bing Lang 9g
Fu Ling Pi 30g

In the UK several herbs must be substituted:
Da Fu Pi + Bing Lang == Zhi Shi + Yu Li Ren. Hou Po and Da Huang might make suitable additions too.
Mu Tong == Qu Mai
Shang Lu == Qian Niu Zi or Ting Li Zi
In addition Jiao Mu might be hard to obtain and best substituted with additional Damp draining or resolving herbs like Zhu Ling.

Preparation: Source text advises grinding equal amounts of all ingredients and forming into a paste, then decocting 12g with 5 slices of Sheng Jiang in half a cup of water until the liquid has been reduced by 70%. At present it is normally prepared as a decoction with the dosages given.

Actions: Purges, drives out water, dredges wind, discharges the interior

Contraindications: Only suitable for Yang, excess oedema. Oedema due to deficiency of the Spleen and Kidneys must be treated with warming and tonifying formulas. Use during pregnancy and in the absence of clear excess and Damp-Heat signs is not advised.

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