Herb Formulas Notebook

Zhu Ling Tang

Polyporus Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Clumping of water and Heat in the Lower Jiao with Yin deficiency

Key Symptoms: Urinary difficulty accompanied by fever and thirst with a desire to drink
Secondary Symptoms: Diarrhoea, cough, nausea, irritability, insomnia

Zhu Ling 3g
Fu Ling 3g
Ze Xie 3g
Hua Shi 3g
E Jiao 3g

In the UK two substitutions are necessary:

Hua Shi == Chi Fu Ling + Ze Xie
E Jiao == Han Lian Cao + Gou Qi Zi

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Promotes Urination, clears Heat, nourishes the Yin

Contraindications: Abundant Heat with severe Yin deficiency, or pronounced Dampness

For severe diarrhoea with urinary difficulty replace the E Jiao with Sheng Ma (Master Shen's Polyporus Decoction, 1773).

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