Herb Formulas Notebook

Ban Xia Shu Mi Tang

(Pinellia and Millet Decoction)

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Source: Divine Pivot (late Han dynasty)
Author: Unknown.

Category: Formulas that Calm the Spirit

Pattern: Phlegm and Dampness obstructing the middle Jiao preventing Yang from entering Yin, Yang Qiao Mai disharmony.

Key Symptoms: Insomnia

Zhi Ban Xia 1pt
Shu Mi 2pt

Preparation: Decoction. The source text advises selecting 5 sheng (approx 5L) of the clearest water and bringing to a boil, then adding 1 sheng (1L) of Shi Mu and 5 He (500ml) of Ban Xia and boiling down to 1.5 Sheng (1.5L). Remove the dregs and take one small cup three times a day, increasing slowly until the effect is apparent.

Actions: Dispels Phlegm, clears away filth, establishes communication between Yin and Yang

Shu Mi may refer to millet (Steriae Fructus) or sorghum (Sorghum Fructus).

Extraordinary Vessel attributions come from Li Shi-Zhen's (1577-8) Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), trans. Chace & Shima (2009).

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