Herb Formulas Notebook

Xi Gan Ming Mu San

Wash the Liver to Clear the Eyes Powder

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Source: Restoration of Health from the Myriad Diseases (1587)
Author: Gong Ting-Xian

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Acute Wind-Heat pathogen in the eyes

Key Symptoms: Redness and swelling around the eyes

Pulse: Rapid and floating

Dang Gui Wei 8g
Chuan Xiong 6g
Chi Shao 8g
Sheng Di Huang 8g
Huang Lian 4g
Huang Qin 8g
Zhi Zi 8g
Shi Gao 15g (cook first)
Lian Qiao 8g
Fang Feng 8g
Jing Jie 8g
Bo He 6g (add at end)
Qiang Huo 6g
Man Jing Zi 10g
Ju Hua 8g
Ci Ji Li 8g
Jue Ming Zi 8g
Jie Geng 6g
Gan Cao 6g

In the UK Shi Gao must be substituted. It is difficult to think of something that has a similar action in this instance since the formula includes nearly all options. Raising the dosages of the other heat clearing herbs slightly may be the best option.


Actions: Dispels Wind, clears Heat, releases pathogens from the Exterior, alleviates swelling and pain, clears the eyes

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.