Herb Formulas Notebook

Si Jun Zi Tang

(Four Gentlemen 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 Tonify Qi

Pattern: Spleen Qi Deficiency

Key Symptoms: Pallid complexion, fatigue, reduced appetite, sensitive digestion, weakness in the limbs
Secondary Symptoms: Low and soft voice, abdominal fullness, nausea, loose stools, borborygmus

Tongue: Pale and swollen with teeth marks and scanty coating
Pulse: Deficient, frail, deep
Abdomen: Weak abdomen, splashing sounds, discomfort in epigastrium, pencil-line tightness of linea alba between umbilicus and xiphoid process

Ren Shen 9g
Bai Zhu 9g
Fu Ling 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 6-9g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Tonifies the Qi, strengthens the Spleen

Contraindications: Full Heat and Yin deficiency patterns

Often has Sheng Jiang and Da Zao added to harmonise the Ying and Wei.

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