Herb Formulas Notebook

Chai Ge Jie Ji Tang

(Bupleurum and Kudzu Decoction to Release the Muscle Layer)

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Source: Six Texts on Cold Damage (1445)
Author: Tao Hua

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Constrained Exterior Wind-Cold turning into Heat, or simultaneous Taiyang and Yangming disorder

Key Symptoms: Increasing fever and decreasing chills accompanied by headache, stiffness in the extremities, orbital and eye pain, dry nasal passages, irritability, insomnia

Tongue: Thin yellow coating
Pulse: Floating, slightly flooding pulse

Chai Hu 3-9g
Ge Gen 6-12g
Qiang Huo 3-6g
Bai Zhi 3-6g
Huang Qin 6-9g
Shi Gao 4.5-15g
Jie Geng 3-6g
Bai Shao 6-9g
Gan Cao 3-6g
Sheng Jiang 3-6g
Da Zao 2-3pc

In the UK Shi Gao must be substituted. Zhi Mu may suffice.

Preparation: Decoction. Do not cook for more than 20 minutes.

Actions: Releases Pathogenic Influences from the Muscle Layer and clears Interior Heat.

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