Herb Formulas Notebook

Da Chai Hu Tang

(Greater Bupleurum Decoction)

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Source: Discussion of Cold Damage (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Release Exterior-Interior Excess

Pattern: Concurrent Shaoyang and Yangming disorder

Key Symptoms: Alternating chills and fever, fullness in the chest and hypochondria (with or without pain), irritability
Secondary Symptoms: Bitter taste, dizziness, temporal headaches, tension in neck and shoulders, tinnitus, nausea, vomiting, constipation or burning diarrhoea, melancholy

Tongue: Dry and white or yellow coat
Pulse: Wiry and forceful, rapid and slippery, deep, excessive and slow
Abdomen: Hard focal distention or fullness and pain in the epigastrium extending to the flanks and abdomen

Chai Hu 15-24g
Huang Qin 9g
Zhi Ban Xia 9g
Bai Shao 9g
Zhi Shi 9g
Da Huang 6g
Sheng Jiang 10sl
Da Zao 4pc

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Harmonises and releases Shaoyang, drains internal clumbing due to Heat

Contraindications: Deficiency

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