Herb Formulas Notebook

Xiao Feng San

Eliminate Wind Powder

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Source: Orthodox Lineage of External Medicine (1617)
Author: Chen Shi-Gong

Category: Formulas that Expel Wind

Pattern: Wind-Toxin due to Wind-Heat or Wind-Damp invasion combining with pre-existing Damp-Heat

Key Symptoms: Weepy, itchy, red skin lesions over a large part of the body
Secondary Symptoms: Bleeding after excoriation

Tongue: White or yellow coat, depending on the depth of the Heat
Pulse: Forceful, floating and rapid

Jing Jie 6-9g
Fang Feng 6-9g
Niu Bang Zi 6-9g
Chan Tui 6-9g
Cang Zhu 6-9g
Ku Shen 6-9g
Mu Tong 3-4.5g
Shi Gao 6-9g
Zhi Mu 6-9g
Sheng Di Huang 6-9g
Dang Gui 6-9g
Hei Zhi Ma 6-9g
Gan Cao 3-4.5g

In the UK several of the herbs have to be substituted. Some suggestions are:
Chan Tui == Bo He
Mu Tong == Qu Mai is the standard choice but Dan Zhu Ye or Deng Xin Cao will also induce diuresis to provide a route for the Damp-Heat to vacate and may be more appropriate depending on the presentation.
Shi Gao is more problematic but using a higher dosage of Zhi Mu and Sheng Di and including other Blood cooling or Toxic Heat relieving herbs may suffice depending on the presentation.

Preparation: Decoction. Can be taken orally as a decoction or applied topically as a wash.

Actions: Disperses Wind, eliminates Dampness, clears Heat, cools the Blood

Contraindications: Marked Qi or Blood deficiency

Research Links:
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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.