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Herb Formulas Notebook

Er Jia Fu Mai Tang

Two Shell Decoction to Restore the Pulse

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Source: Systematic Differentiation of Warm Pathogen Diseases (1798)
Author: Wu Tang / Ju-Tong

Category: Formulas that Expel Wind

Pattern: Slight stirring of Liver Wind due to damage of the true Yin in the Lower Jiao from to a Warm Pathogen Disorder (Wen Bing)

Key Symptoms: Mild trembling of the fingers

Zhi Gan Cao 18g
Sheng Di Huang 18g
Bai Shao 18g
Mai Men Dong 15g
Huo Ma Ren 9g
E Jiao 9g
Mu Li 9g
Bie Jia 24g

In the UK both shells must be substituted due to the laws on using animal products. Some common substitutions include:
Mu Li == Bai Shao + Xuan Shen + Wu Wei Zi
Bie Jia == Qing Hao + Sheng Di Huang

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Nourishes the Yin, clears Heat, anchors the Yang, extinguishes Wind

Contraindications: Should not be used during pregnancy without removing Bie Jia (not a problem in the UK as they must be replaced anyway). Caution in patients with diarrhoea due to Spleen Yang or Stomach Qi deficiency.

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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.