Herb Formulas Notebook

Dang Gui Shao Yao San

Tangkuei and Peony Powder

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

Category: Formulas that Regulate Blood

Pattern: Abdominal pain due to disharmony between Liver and Spleen, Blood stasis, Qi stagnation and Dampness

Key Symptoms: Lower abdominal pain, sensitivity to cold, pale complexion, menstrual irregularity
Secondary Symptoms: Dizziness, tinnitus, neck stiffness, palpitations, fatigue, urinary difficulty, slight oedema

Tongue: Pale body, stasis spots, distended sublingual veins, white coating
Pulse: Deep, thin
Abdomen: generally soft abdomen, hypertonicity of rectus abdominis, pain on deep pressure on either or both sides of lower abdomen, splashing sound in epigastrium

Dang Gui 9g
Bai Shao 9-30g
Fu Ling 12g
Bai Zhu 12g
Ze Xie 12g
Chuan Xiong 6g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Nourishes Liver Blood, spreads the Liver Qi, strengthens the Spleen, resolves Dampness

Contraindications: Caution in pregnancy

Ploberger (2017), in Westliche und traditionell chinesische Heilkräuter, offers the following alternative using western herbs:

Radix Paeoniae alba(White Peony)7g(Emperor)
Herba Nasturtii(Watercress)5g(Emperor)
Herba Bursae pastoris (Shepherd's Purse)5g(Minister)
Cortex Viburi wilder (Snowball Tree bark)4g(Minister)
Herba Anserinae(Silverweed)5g(Minister)
Pericarpium Aurantii(Bitter Orange)6g(Minister)
Fructus Crataegus(Hawthorn)4g(Minister)

Research Links:
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Journal of Chinese Medicine
American Dragon

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