Herb Formulas Notebook

San Huang Zhi Zhu Wan

Three Yellows Unripe Bitter Orange and Atractylodes Pill

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Source: Discussion of the Spleen and Stomach (13th Century)
Author: Li Gao / Dong-Yuan

Category: Formulas that Reduce Food Stagnation

Pattern: Damage to the Spleen from unregulated eating of Hot and Cold foods

Key Symptoms: Loss of appetite, focal distention in the epigastrium and abdomen, gastric pain

Huang Lian 12g
Huang Qin 12g
Da Huang 12g
Ban Xia 60g (ginger washed)
Bai Zhu 60g (bran fried)
Zhi Shi 60g

Preparation: Grind the ingredients into a powder and form into pills with rice fried in He Ye (lotus leaf). Take 6-9g with water twice per day. The original formulation simply suggests taking 10 San Huang San pills with the usual 50 Ban Xia Zhi Zhu Wan but they have been combined together here as a complete formula. Can also be prepared as a decoction with an appropriate reduction of dosages.

Actions: Tonifies the Qi and reduces focal distention, clears Damp-Heat

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