Herb Formulas Notebook

Du Shen Tang

Unaccompanied Ginseng Decoction

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Source: Miraculous Book of Ten Remedies (1348)

Category: Formulas that Warm Interior Cold

Pattern: Qi collapse following loss of Blood

Key Symptoms: Acute severe blood loss or heart failure with extremely pale complexion, lethargic state, cold extremities, excessive sweating, weak breathing

Pulse: Faint or thin, almost imperceptable

Ren Shen 30-60g
Da Zao 5pc

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Tonifies the Yuan Qi, stabilizes collapse

Contraindications: Chronic patterns (for which Shen Fu Tang in appropriate)

Patients presenting with this pattern should be referred to the emergency room.

It is included here as an adjunct or addition to regular care (although caution: if the patient is put on blood thinners, they interact with Ginseng), or to be modified and incorporated into other formulae if the the Yuan Qi is deficient.

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.