Herb Formulas Notebook

Wu Shi Lian Mei Tang

(Master Wu's Coptis and Mume Decoction)

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Source: Systematic Differentiation of Warm Pathogen Diseases (1798)
Author: Wu Tang / Ju-Tong

Category: Formulas that Dispel Summerheat

Pattern: Summerheat in the Shaoyin and Jueyin

Key Symptoms: Wasting and thirsting, heat in the Heart, restlessness, irritability, paralysis and clouding of consciousness

Tongue: Dry and cracked
Pulse: Submerged and thin

Huang Lian 6g
Wu Mei 9g
Mai Men Dong 9g
Sheng Di Huang 9g
E Jiao 6g

In the UK E Jiao must be substituted. Mo Han Lian and Nu Zhen Zi would make good standard replacements although other Yin tonics may be more suitable depending on the details of the presentation.

Preparation: Decoction. The source text advises decocting the herbs in 5 cups of water until 2 remain and then administering in two doses. It also advises taking with Zi Xue Dan before taking if clouding of consciousness is severe.

Actions: Drains Heat, preserves fluids, transforms Yin

Contraindications: Should not be used unless there are signs of loss of fluids or wasting.

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