Herb Formulas Notebook

Da Qiang Huo Tang

Major Notopterygium Decoction

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Source: Hard Won Knowledge (1308)

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Wind-Cold-Damp Taiyang invasion with internal accumulation of Heat

Key Symptoms: Fever and chills (fever predominates), absence of sweating, headache, stiff neck, generalised aches and pains, dry mouth, thirst, irritability
Secondary Symptoms: Bitter taste

Tongue: White or slightly yellow coating
Pulse: Floating

Qiang Huo 9g
Du Huo 9g
Fang Feng 9g
Xi Xin 9g
Fang Ji 9g
Huang Qin 9g
Huang Lian 9g
Cang Zhu 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 9g
Bai Zhu 9g
Zhi Mu 30g
Chuan Xiong 30g
Sheng Di Huang 30g

In the UK Xi Xin has to be replaced with Wei Ling Xian or Gui Zhi + Qiang Huo while Fang Ji is replaced with Yi Yi Ren and Hai Tong Pi.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Releases the Exterior, induces sweating, dispels Dampness, drains interior Heat, unblocks the Yang

Contraindications: Warm pathogen disorders, Yin deficiency

This is a variation of Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang with more pronounced signs of Heat.

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