Herb Formulas Notebook

Zhi Shi Xie Bai Ban Xia Tang

(Unripe Bitter Orange, Chinese Garlic and Pinellia Decoction)

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Regulate Qi

Pattern: Severe Painful Obstruction of the chest

Key Symptoms: Pain in the chest that radiates to the upper back which is so uncomfortable the patient is unable to lie down comfortably, wheezing, cough with copious sputum, shortness of breath

Tongue: Thick greasy coating
Pulse: Submerged, wiry or tight

Gua Lou 12g
Xie Bai 9-12g
Bai Jiu 30-60ml

Preparation: Decoction. Often prepared with equal amounts of wine and water. Where wine in contraindicated it may be reduced or omitted entirely.

Actions: Unblocks the Yang, promotes the movement of Qi, expels Phlegm

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