Herb Formulas Notebook

San Huang San

Three Yellows Powder

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Source: Traditional. Appears in various modified forms in many Die Da manuals but no original source is known. It is most likely an oral transmission.

Category: Formulas that are Applied Externally

Pattern: Toxic Heat from Qi and Blood Stagnation

Key Symptoms: Pain, swelling and heat with difficulty moving a joint due to injury. This formula is often called "herbal ice" due to its use as an alternative to icing among Chinese martial art practitioners.

Da Huang
Huang Qin
Huang Bai

Other Heat clearing and Blood moving herbs are often added such as Pu Gong Ying, Zhi Zi and Hong Hua (Biso, 2004, A Tooth from the Tiger's Mouth).

Preparation: Equal amounts of each dried herb are ground into a powder and mixed with various mediums, usually petroleum jelly, green tea or egg whites to become a paste or poultice.

Actions: Clear Heat, resolve toxicity, move Blood

Contraindications: Cold-type joint pain. Since the herbs are not cooked they should not be applied to any open wounds without modifying the preparation method.

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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.