Herb Formulas Notebook

Xiao Ji Yin Zi

Small Thistle Drink

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

Category: Formulas that Regulate Blood

Pattern: Static Heat in the Lower Jiao injuring the Collaterals which let Blood seep down into the Bladder

Key Symptoms: Painful bloody urinary dribbling (with blood in the urine, urgency, burning and pain) or simple blood in the urine
Secondary Symptoms: Thirst, irritability

Tongue: Red with thin yellow coating
Pulse: Rapid and forceful

Xiao Ji 9-15g
Ou Jie 9-15g
Pu Huang 9-15g (dry fried)
Sheng Di Huang 9-18g
Hua Shi 9-15g
Mu Tong 9-15g
Dan Zhu Ye 9-15g
Zhi Zi 9-15g
Dang Gui 9-15g
Zhi Gan Cao 9-15g

In the UK two substitutions must be made:
Hua Shi == Chi Fu Ling + Ze Xie
Mu Tong == Qu Mai

When preparing as a decoction Zhi Gan Cao is often substituted for Gan Cao or Gan Cao Shao.

Preparation: Originally ground coarsely and taken as a draft in 15g doses. Commonly prepared today as a decoction with Sheng Di reduced to 3g and all other dosages reduced to 6g.

Actions: Cools the Blood, stops bleeding, promotes urination, unblocks painful urinary dribbling

Contraindications: Pregnancy, chronic conditions or urinary dribbling due to Qi deficiency

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