Herb Formulas Notebook

Chai Hu Gui Jiang Tang

(Bupleurum, Cinnamon Twig and Ginger Decoction)

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Harmonise

Pattern: "Normal Malaria" (Zheng Nue): a pathogen lurking in the Shaoyang is stirred by a newly contracted Wind-Cold disorder in late autumn

Key Symptoms: Malarial disorders with pronounced chills and only slight fever or without fever, cold extremities, aversion to drafts, headache, pain in the hypochondria, thirst

Tongue: White, slippery coating
Pulse: Wiry and tight on the left, or wiry and slow on the right

Chai Hu 24g
Gui Zhi 9g
Gan Jiang 6g
Tian Hua Fen 12g
Huang Qin 9g
Mu Li 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 9g

In the UK Mu Li must be substituted with Xuan Shen, Bai Shao and Wu Wei Zi or Tian Ma.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Harmonises and releases the Shaoyang, disperses clumping, warms the Interior and dispels Cold

Contraindications: Pure excess or pure deficiency patterns

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