Herb Formulas Notebook

Zhi Gan Cao Tang

Prepared Licorice Decotion

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Qi and Blood

Pattern: Comsumptive condition with Heart Qi and Blood deficiency

Key Symptoms: Palpitations, tachycardia (may occur intermittently), intermittent flushing up of heat, dry skin, constipation
Secondary Symptoms: Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, emaciation, shortness of breath, dry mouth and throat, spontaneous sweating or night sweats, dry throat and tongue, chronic cough

Tongue: Pale, shiny or dry
Pulse: Consistently irregular, slow-irregular, or thin, faint and forceless, or deficient and rapid
Abdomen: Epigastric discomfort, palpable umbilical pulsations, hypertonicity of rectus abdominis muscle in upper abdomen, numbness or lack of sensation below umbilicus

Zhi Gan Cao 12g
Ren Shen 6g
Gui Zhi 9g
Sheng Di Huang 30-50g
Mai Men Dong 9g
E Jiao 6g
Huo Ma Ren (crushed) 9g
Sheng Jiang 6sl
Da Zao 5-10pc

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Augments the Qi, nourishes the Blood, enriches the Yin, restores the pulse

Contraindications: Yin deficiency or diarrhoea

May manifest in many ways but always has signs of dryness, Qi deficiency and intermittent loss of control over Heart Yang.

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