Herb Formulas Notebook

Zhi Zhu Tang

(Unripe Bitter Orange and Atractylodes Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Reduce Food Stagnation

Pattern: Spleen and Stomach deficiency causing food stagnation

Key Symptoms: Hard broad focal distention, reduced appetite, belching

Tongue: White coating
Pulse: Deficient, or submerged and wiry

Zhi Shi 12g
Bai Zhu 6g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Promotes the movement of Qi, dissipates clumping, strengthens the Spleen, reduces food stagnation

An almost identical formula reversing the proportion of ingredients and grinding them into pills is called Zhi Zhu Wan. Its indications are the same but for less acute presentations as pills are generally for more long-term use.

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