Herb Formulas Notebook

Dao Chi San

Guide Out the Red Powder

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Source: Craft of Medicines and Patterns for Children (1119)
Author: Qian Yi

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Heart Heat

Key Symptoms: Irritability with sensation of heat in the chest, facial flushing, sores around the mouth and especially the tongue
Secondary Symptoms: Dark scanty rough and painful urination, thirst with a desire to drink cold beverages, blood in the urine, burning urination

Tongue: Red tip
Pulse: Slippery, rapid

Sheng Di Huang 9-15g
Mu Tong 6-9g
Gan Cao Shao 3-6g
Dan Zhu Ye 3-6g

In the UK Mu Tong must be replaced with Qu Mai as this is the only other herb in the pharmacopoeia that enters the Heart, Small Intestine and Bladder, thus connecting the Heart with the Bladder providing an exit route for the Heart Heat.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Heat from the Heart via the Small Intestine and Bladder, promotes urination

Contraindications: Yin deficiency with hyperactive fire, Spleen and Stomach deficiency

While this formula can be used for painful urination it may also be used without this symptom present to drain Heat from the Heart using this pathway.

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