Herb Formulas Notebook

Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

Poria, Cinnamon Twig, Atractylodes and Licorice Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Thin mucus in the epigastrium due to Spleen Yang deficiency

Key Symptoms: Fullness in the chest and hypochondrium, palpitations, shortness of breath, coughing up clear and watery sputum, dizziness or vertigo

Tongue: Pale and swollen with a white and slippery or greasy coating
Pulse: Wiry or soggy

Fu Ling 12g
Gui Zhi 9g
Bai Zhu 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 9g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms and transforms Phlegm and thin mucus, strengthens the Spleen, resolves Dampness

Contraindications: Damp-Heat, Yin deficiency or hyperactivity of Liver Yang

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