Herb Formulas Notebook

Zi Dang Gao

Lithospermum/Arnebia and Tangkuei Ointment

<< Close Window

Source: Complete Book of Patterns and Treatments in External Medicine (1831)

Category: Formulas that are Applied Externally

Pattern: Heat-Toxin, or Blood Dryness of the skin

Key Symptoms: Lip sores, rashes, dry itching or painful lesions, calluses, dry cracked skin.

Zi Cao 30g
Dang Gui 30g
Ma You 350g
Feng La 50-100g

Zi Cao is not allowed to used internally in the UK due to fears over Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids but external use is still permitted.

Preparation: Soak the first two ingredients in the sesame oil for one week then gently heat until it starts to bubble. Lower the heat and cook until the Dang Gui starts to brown. Turn off the heat and cool, traditionally by placing the pan in a bowl of cold water like a double boiler. When it is cool enough to not burn the skin strain out the herbs and reheat the liquid over a low flame and stir in the beeswax until it is melted. Pour into glass containers to cool and harden into an ointment. The amount of beeswax varies according to the desired hardness of the resulting ointment and the season (more in summer, less in winter).
It may be applied gently to the area 3-4 times per day, or for acute cases spread onto a gauze pad and secured over the area and changed once per day.

Actions: Clears Heat, cools the Blood, resolves Toxicity, moistens Dryness, relieves pain and itching

Research Links:
Science Direct
Google Scholar
Journal of Chinese Medicine
American Dragon

Reference Notes: (click to display)

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