Herb Formulas Notebook

Zi Wan Tang

Aster Decoction

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Source: Analytical Collection of Medical Formulas (1682)
Author: Wang Ang

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Chronic cough caused by Lung Heat and Yin deficiency

Key Symptoms: Chronic cough with excess phlegm, fever due to overexertion, lung abscesses, blood streaked sputum

Zhi Mu
Zi Wan
Bei Mu
Jie Geng
Ren Shen
Fu Ling
Wu Wei Zi
E Jiao
Gan Cao

In the UK E Jiao must be substituted. Sha Shen and Mai Men Dong would be suitable in this instance.

Preparation: Decoct with Sheng Jiang. The source text does not specify doses.

Actions: Clears Heat and dissolves Phlegm, stops cough, moistens and protects the Lung Yin

Blood streaked sputum is a red flag symptom, especially in long term smokers who commonly use this formula.

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