Herb Formulas Notebook

Chai Hu Shu Gan San

(Bupleurum Decoction to Drain the Liver)

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Source: Indispensable Tools for Pattern Treatment (1602)
Author: Wang Ken-Tang

Category: Formulas that Regulate Qi

Pattern: Shaoyang disorder: Liver Qi Stagnation

Key Symptoms: Flank, chest or abdominal pain distention and fullness, feelings of frustration that easily give rise to anger, muscular tension, tendency to sigh or take deep breaths to relieve tension causing a stifling sensation in the chest
Secondary Symptoms: Belching, nausea, suppressed emotions, fatigue, cold and damp extremities, alternating chills and fever, sensitivity to changes in external environment

Tongue: Thin white coating
Pulse: Wiry
Abdomen: Tenderness under the ribs, tight rectus abdominis muscle

Chai Hu 6g
Chen Pi 6g (vinegar fried)
Zhi Ke 5g (dry fried)
Shao Yao 5g
Zhi Gan Cao 1.5-3g
Xiang Fu 5g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Spreads Liver Qi, harmonises the Blood, relieves pain

Contraindications: Long term use, Qi or Yin deficiency

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