Herb Formulas Notebook

Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan

Sweet Dew Special Pill to Eliminate Toxin

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Source: Secretly Transmitted Effective Medicine (1831)

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Early stage Damp-Heat epidemic disorder

Key Symptoms: Fever, achy limbs, lethargy, swollen throat, a stifling sensation in the chest, abdominal distention, dark scanty urine
Secondary Symptoms: Vomiting, diarrhoea, jaundice or unremitting fever

Tongue: White and greasy, or yellow and dry coating
Pulse: Soggy and rapid

Lian qiao 12-15g
Huang Qin 12-15g
Bo He 6-9g
She Gan 9-12g
Chuan Bei Mu 6-9g
Hua Shi 18-21g
Mu Tong 9-12g
Yin Chen Hao 24-30g
Huo Xiang 9-12g
Shi Chang Pu 4-6g
Bai Dou Kou 10-12g

In the UK the following substitutions are necessary:

Hua Shi == Chi Fu Ling + Ze Xie
Mu Tong == Qu Mai

Preparation: Originally ground into powder, formed into pills and taken in 9g doses twice per day with water. Currently usually prepared as a decoction.

Actions: Resolves Dampness, transforms turbidity, clears Heat, resolves toxicity

Contraindications: Significant underlying Yin deficiency

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