Herb Formulas Notebook

Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang

Pinellia, Atractylodes and Gastrodia Decoction

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Source: Awakening of the Mind in Medical Studies (1732)
Author: Cheng Guo-Peng

Category: Formulas that Dispel Phlegm

Pattern: Wind-Phlegm

Key Symptoms: Dizziness or vertigo (possibly severe), headache, stifling sensation in the chest or upper abdomen
Secondary Symptoms: Nausea or vomiting, copious sputum, tiredness after eating, general fatigue, stiff neck and upper back pain

Tongue: Thin, white coating, teeth marks
Pulse: Deep and soft, occasionally wiry or slippery
Abdomen: Discomfort in epigastrium, splashing sounds in upper abdomen, soft abdominal wall

Zhi Ban Xia 4.5-9g
Tian Ma 3-6g
Bai Zhu 9g
Ju Hong 3-6g
Fu Ling 3-6g
Gan Cao 1.5-3g
Sheng Jiang 1-3sl
Da Zao 2-3pcs

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Strengthens the Spleen, dispels Dampness, transforms Phlegm, extinguishes Wind

Contraindications: Vertigo from ascendant Liver Yang or Blood deficiency

Ploberger (2017), in Westliche und traditionell chinesische Heilkräuter, offers the following alternative using western herbs:

Folium Olivae(Olive leaf)6g(Emperor)
Folium Cynariae(Artichoke leaf)5g(Minister)
Pericarpium Citri ret.(Orange peel)5g(Minister)
Folium Betulae(Birch leaf)5g(Assistant)
Herba et Radix Taraxaci(Dandelion)5g(Assistant)
Radix Glycyrrhizae(Licorice root)1g(Envoy)
Rhizoma Zingiberis recens(Fresh Ginger)3g(Assistant)
Fructus Jujubae(Jujube dates)2pc(Assistant)

Research Links:
Science Direct
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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.