Herb Formulas Notebook

Dang Gui Bei Mu Ku Shen Tang

(Tangkuei, Fritillaria and Sophira Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Blood deficiency leading to dryness and urinary constraint

Key Symptoms: Urinary difficulty in pregnancy that where appetite is normal, painful urinary dysfunction in both sexes
Secondary Symptoms: Constipation, cough

Dang Gui 12g
Bei Mu 12g
Ku Shen 12g

Preparation: Originally ground into powder and taken as pills the size of an adzuki bean with honey. Between 3 and 10 are taken with water. Can also be prepared as a decoction and the dosages increased up to 30g.

Actions: Drains Heat, promotes resolution of Dampness, opens constraint, nourishes the Blood

Contraindications: May cause loose stools when prepared as a decoction

The source text also advises that when treating men up to 15g of Hua Shi can be added. In the UK this would have to be substituted for Chi Fu Ling and Ze Xie.

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