Herb Formulas Notebook

Wu Mo Yin Zi

Five Milled Drink

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Source: Concise Medicine (1587)

Category: Formulas that Regulate Qi

Pattern: Constraint and clumping of Liver Qi leading to rebellion

Key Symptoms: Epigastric and abdominal distention and pain, or wandering pain.
Secondary Symptoms: Also for "Qi Inversion" when an extremely intense bout of anger causes sudden death due to the ascending Qi preventing inhalation of breath from descending. No one says how the patient is supposed to take it in this instance.

Pulse: Wiry

Mu Xiang 6g
Bing Lang 9g
Chen Xiang 6g
Zhi Shi 9g
Wu Yao 9g

In UK Bing Lang must be replaced. Zhi Shi and Yu Li Ren are the standard replacements. Zhi Shi is already in the formula and Yu Li Ren has a strong laxative action so caution should be taken if the stools are loose.

Preparation: Decoction. Originally mixed with white wine.

Actions: Promotes movement of Qi, directs rebellious Qi downward.

Contraindications: Deficiency patterns.

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