Herb Formulas Notebook

Gan Cao Gan Jiang Tang

Licorice and Ginger Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Warm Interior Cold

Pattern: Deficiency Cold Lung atrophy, Chong Mai counterflow due to Cold Damage.

Key Symptoms: Cold extremities, absence of thirst, dry throat, excessive salivation with spitting up of clear fluids, irritability, dizziness, frequent urination
Secondary Symptoms: No coughing, pulsing on the left side of the abdomen.

Tongue: Pale and moist without coating
Pulse: Frail or submerged and slow

Zhi Gan Cao 12g
Pao Jiang 6g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms the Lungs and strengthens the Stomach

Contraindications: Lung atrophy from Heat

Extraordinary Vessel attributions come from Li Shi-Zhen's (1577-8) Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), trans. Chace & Shima (2009). It should be followed by Xiao Jian Zhong Tang. Shen Jin-Ao also considered it for Yin Qiao Mai pathologies but the indications do not seem to fit any Yin Qiao symptoms given in the classics.

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