Herb Formulas Notebook

Xie Xin Dao Chi Tang

(Drain the Epigastrium and Guide Out the Red Decoction)

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Source: Golden Mirror of the Medical Tradition (1742)
Author: Wu Qian / Liu-Ji

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Severe Heart Heat

Key Symptoms: Tongue thrusting in children, irritability with sensation of heat in the chest, facial flushing, sores around the mouth and especially the tongue
Secondary Symptoms: Dark scanty rough and painful urination, thirst with a desire to drink cold beverages, blood in the urine, burning urination

Tongue: Red tip
Pulse: Slippery, rapid

Sheng Di Huang 15-30g
Mu Tong 3-6g
Gan Cao Shao 3-6g
Huang Lian 1.5-9g
Deng Xin Cao 1.5-4.5g

In the UK Mu Tong must be replaced with Qu Mai as this is the only other herb in the pharmacopoeia that enters the Heart, Small Intestine and Bladder, thus connecting the Heart with the Bladder providing an exit route for the Heart Heat.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Heat from the Heart via the Small Intestine and Bladder, promotes urination

Contraindications: Yin deficiency with hyperactive fire, Spleen and Stomach deficiency

For the same presentations as Dao Chi San but more severe.

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