Herb Formulas Notebook

Tao Ren San Yu Tang

Peach Seed Decoction to Scatter Stasis

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Source: Complete External Therapies of Chinese Drugs
Author: Xu Xiangcai

Category: Formulas that are Applied Externally

Pattern: Joint sprain causing Blood Stasis and swelling

Key Symptoms: Joint pain with local swelling, subcutaneous haemorrhage, pain aggravated when moving the joint in the adverse direction.

Tao Ren 12g
Hong Hua 12g
Chuan Xiong 12g
Chi Shao 6g
Di Gu Pi 6g
Su Mu 9g
Huang Qin 12g
Sang Zhi 9g
Mu Tong 9g

In the UK Mu Tong is banned for internal use which may make it difficult to obtain even for external use. Removing it or replacing for another Heat clearing herb, e.g. Zhi Zi, should suffice in this instance.

Preparation: Decocted in 1-1.5L of water in an earthenware pot for 15 minutes after the water boils and then poured into an enamel basin. While hot the affected area is steamed over the water. When it has cooled enough to not scald the injured part is washed with the decoction. This can be performed for 1-2 hours, twice per day. The same decoction can be reheated and used 4-6 times.

Actions: Eliminates Blood stasis, subdues swelling

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