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Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang

Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction

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Source: Discussion of Cold Damage (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Harmonise

Pattern: Wind in the Joints due to Shaoyang pathogen not properly released, simultaneous Taiyang - Shaoyang pattern

Key Symptoms: Crackling sensation in the joints, fever accompanied by chills and aversion to drafts.
Secondary Symptoms: Alternating chills and fever, dry throat, bitter taste in the mouth, hypochondriac pain, nausea

Pulse: Wiry, forceful

Chai Hu 12g
Gui Zhi 4.5g
Huang Qin 4.5g
Ren Shen 4.5g
Zhi Ban Xia 6-9g
Shao Yao 4.5g
Gan Cao 3g
Sheng Jiang 3sl
Da Zao 6pc

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Releases the muscle layer and Exterior (Taiyang), harmonises and releases Shaoyang disorders

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