Herb Formulas Notebook


Fu Zi Tang

(Aconite Decoction)

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Source: Discussion of Cold Damage (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing



Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Yang deficiency with Internal Cold-Dampness in the Interior and obstruscting the Channels

Key Symptoms: Generalised body pain, aching of bones and joints, aversion to cold, especially at the back, cold extremities, no thirst
Secondary Symptoms: Also used for abdominal distention and pain that is cool to the touch with aversion to cold and fever during late pregnancy.

Tongue: White slippery coating
Pulse: Submerged, faint and forceless or choppy and slow (first presentation). Wiry (second presentation).



Ingredients
Bao Fu Zi 12-18g (2pc)
Bai Zhu 12g
Ren Shen 6g
Fu Ling 9g
Bai Shao 9g

Subsitutions:
In the UK Fu Zi must be substituted. Rou Gui and Xian Mao are the standard choice for joint pain and Rou Gui and Gan Jiang for abdominal pain.



Preparation: Decoction. The source text advises using 8 cups of water and boiling until 3 remain, then straining, dividing into 3 doses and taking them during the course of 1 day. The Fu Zi is decocoted for 30-60 minutes before the other herbs until no numbing sensation of the tongue can be tasted.

Actions: Warms the Channels, assists the Yang, dispels Cold, transforms Dampness



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