Herb Formulas Notebook

Yi Gan Er Jing Ruan Gao

A Dry Net Cream

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Source: Ingredients label
Author: Jiangxi Yangzhen Biology and Technology Co. Ltd.

Category: Formulas that are Applied Externally

Pattern: Heat, Dampness or Damp-Heat in the skin

Key Symptoms: Acute or chronic dermatitis, eczema, tinea manus (Hong Kong foot, fungal), body tinea (sweat stain), psoriasis, peeling, blister, bad feet, the feet itch, pruritus vulvae, hemorrhoids, mosquito bites, acne, prickly heat, itchy skin

Ku Shen
She Chuang Zi
Di Fu Zi
Bai Xian Pi
Huang Bai
Zao Jiao Ci
Bai Bu
Fu Ling (Fu Ling Pi/Chi Fu Ling seems most likely)
Bo He
Zi Cao
Lang Du

Some other ingredients I have not been able to translate include:
Soil park skin (no idea what this could be)
Unicorn (Gou Teng has a similar latin name, Uncaria, and would make sense as a Heat clearing herb. Devils Claw is sometimes known as the Unicorn Plant too)
Lotus (He Ye or Lian Fang would make most sense as external applications for eczema or bleeding)
Seven swords (best guess is that Tian Qi has been mis-transcribed into Pinyin as Jian Qi and translated as "swords seven" which is often used topically to stop bleeding)
Iron holly ("Iron", 铁, can also mean indisputable or unalterable so probably refers to essential oil of holly from which wintergreen is extracted giving the cool numbing feeling on the skin)

and "etc." which many fear may mean unlisted medications like steroids. In 2018 the MHRA issued an announcement calling for its discontinuation from sale or use after discovering the presence of clobetasol propionate and two antifungal agents. This formula is reproduced here so practitioners can make something similar with products they can trace.

Preparation: Commercial product made into cream using petroleum jelly and purified water. The best method if recreating is to blend concentrated powders and wintergreen essential oil into a base cream.

A more traditional option would be to extract the dried herbs in water and oil and then combine them with an emulsifier like beeswax to make a cream.

Actions: Clears Heat, dries Dampness, resolves toxicity, alleviates itching

Contraindications: As there are only clearing, draining, dispersing and parasite killing herbs listed in the ingredients caution should be taken with Blood Dryness or Deficiency patterns although the base cream and internal medications may help to counter this.

Research Links:
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Journal of Chinese Medicine
American Dragon

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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.