Herb Formulas Notebook

Dang Gui Long Hui Wan

(Tangkuei, Gentian and Aloe Pill)

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Source: Formulas from the Discussion Illuminating the Yellow Emperor's Basic Questions (1172)
Author: Liu Wan-Su

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Liver and Gallbladder Fire Excess.

Key Symptoms: Headache, vertigo, tinnitus, restlessness, delirious speech, mania, Fright Wind (convulsions) in children
Secondary Symptoms: Constipation, dark and rough urination, blockage of the throat with difficulty swallowing

Dang Gui 30g
Long Dan Cao 30g
Zhi Zi 30g
Huang Lian 30g
Huang Bai 30g
Huang Qin 30g
Lu Hui 15g
Qing Dai 15g
Da Huang 15g
Mu Xiang 4.5g
She Xiang 1.5g

In the UK She Xiang must be substituted. The usual replacements would be Shi Chang Pu and Ru Xiang.

Preparation: Ground into powder and formed into pills the size of an adzuki bean with honey. For children the size of a hemp seed is used. 20 pills are taken per day with a decoction made from Sheng Jiang. At present the herbs are ground and made into pills with water with a single dose consisting of 6g taken twice per day with water.

Actions: Drains Liver and Gallballder Fire Excess.

Contraindications: The source text forbids the use of any substance that may induce fever but specifically allows for Fang Feng Tong Sheng San (Saposhnikovia Powder that Sagely Unblocks). It should not be used in cases of Spleen deficiency and used only after careful deliberation if the Fire Excess has not yet resulted in clumping.

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