Herb Formulas Notebook

Dang Gui Nian Tong Tang

Tangkuei Decoction to Pry Out Pain

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Source: Expounding on the Origins of Medicine (Yuan dynasty)

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Damp-Heat with Wind obstructing the Channels and Collaterals

Key Symptoms: Generalised body aches and pain accompanied by irritability, a heavy sensation in the shoulders and back, discomfort or a constricted sensation in the area of the chest and diaphragm, aching and painful extremities and joints with unbearable swelling and pain of the lower extremities
Secondary Symptoms: Multiple sores, carbuncles, furuncles or abscesses accompanied by redness, persistent swelling and itching, fever or thirst

Tongue: Greasy with a tinge of yellow
Pulse: Wiry and rapid, or soggy and moderate, or slippery and rapid

Qiang Huo 15g
Fang Feng 9g
Sheng Ma 3g
Ge Gen 6g
Bai Zhu 3g
Cang Zhu 9g
Dang Gui Shen 9g
Ren Shen 6g
Gan Cao 15g
Ku Shen 6g (wine washed)
Huang Qin 3g (dry fried)
Zhi Mu 9g (wine washed)
Yin Chen Hao 15g
Zhu Ling 9g
Ze Xie 9g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Resolves Dampness, clears Heat, disperses Wind, stops pain

Contraindications: Wind-Cold-Damp Bi syndromes

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