Herb Formulas Notebook


Jiao Ai Tang

Ass-Hide Gelatin and Mugwort Decoction

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



Category: Formulas that Regulate Blood

Pattern: Injury and deficiency of the Ren Mai and Chong Mai with tendency to Cold

Key Symptoms: Abdominal pain with uterine bleeding, excessive mentruation with constant spotting, postpartum bleeding, or bleeding during pregnancy. The blood is pale and thin without clots.
Secondary Symptoms: Weakness and soreness of the lower back, dull complexion

Tongue: Pale with thin white coating
Pulse: Thin and frail



Ingredients
E Jiao 6g (dissolve into strained decoction)
Ai Ye 9g
Sheng Di Huang 12g
Dang Gui 9g
Chuan Xiong 6g
Shao Yao 12g (usually Bai Shao)
Gan Cao 6g

Subsitutions:
In the UK E Jiao must be substituted. The standard substitutes would be Gou Qi Zi and Mo Han Lian and/or Nu Zhen Zi although Pu Huang might also make a suitable addition to replace its haemostatic properties without being cold.



Preparation: Decoction. The source text advises to decoct in 5 parts water and 3 parts rice wine and take in 3 doses over the course on one day. At present it usually prepared as a decoction with water.

Actions: Nourishes the Blood, stops bleeding, regulates menstruation, calms the foetus

Contraindications: Abnormal uterine bleeding due to heat



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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.