Herb Formulas Notebook

Huang Lian E Jiao Tang

Coptis and Ass-Hide Gelatin Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Calm the Spirit

Pattern: Cold Damage transforming to Heat in the Shaoyin

Key Symptoms: Irritability with a sensation of heat in the chest, insomnia, palpitations with anxiety

Tongue: Red with dry, yellow coat
Pulse: Thin, rapid

Huang Lian 6-12g
Huang Qin 6g
Shao Yao 6g
E Jiao 9g (stir into strained decoction)
Ji Zi Huang 2pc (stir into strained decoction)

In the UK E Jiao must be substituted for Han Lian Cao and Gou Qi Zi.

If Ji Zi Huang (egg yolk) is to be avoided too then Sheng Di Huang may replace its Blood tonifying effects and enhance the Heat clearing actions of the formula.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Enriches the Yin, causes Fire to descend, eliminates irritability, calms the Shen

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