Herb Formulas Notebook

Tong Cao Jiu

Papyrus Wine

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Source: Chinese Medicinal Wines and Elixirs (2008)
Author: Various

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Retention of pathogenic water, Damp stagnation generating Heat

Key Symptoms: Oedema, difficult or painful urination, vexation and anxiety, scanty but frequent urination, breast milk not free flowing

Tong Cao 250g
Deng Xin Cao 30g
Bai Jiu 1.3L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means rice wine but can be substituted with any other high strength spirit.

Preparation: Grind the herbs into a fine powder and place in a jar with 1.3L of alcohol. Seal the lid and soak for seven days. Open the lid, remove the dregs and decant take as much as is needed, slowly at no fixed schedule.

Actions: Disinhibits urination and drains Dampness, clears Heat and opens the channels

Contraindications: Pregnancy, long term use. Wine formulas that clear Damp-Heat should only be used for short periods due to the Damp-Heat producing nature of alcohol and preferably only the elderly with an underlying deficiency. Although this formula is indicated for breast milk not flowing caution should be taken as alcohol may affect the baby.

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