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Xiao Xian Xiong Tang

Minor Decoction [for Pathogens] Stuck in the Chest

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Source: Discussion of Cold Damage (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Dispel Phlegm

Pattern: Clumping of Phlegm and Heat in the chest

Key Symptoms: Focal distention (with or without nodules) in the chest, flanks and epigastrium that is painful when pressed
Secondary Symptoms: Expectoration of yellow and viscous sputum, chest pain on coughing, nausea, vomiting, bitter taste, constipation

Tongue: White, gray or yellow greasy coating
Pulse: Slippery and rapid, or slippery and floating
Abdomen: Fullness and distention in epigastric area with tenderness on pressure

Gua Lou 15-30g
Huang Lian 6-9g
Zhi Ban Xia 12-15g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Heat, transforms Phlegm, expands the chest, dissipates clumping

Contraindications: Pronounced Spleen deficiency

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