Herb Formulas Notebook


Gan Sui Ban Xia Tang

(Kansui and Pinellia Decoction)

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



Category: Formulas that Drain Downward

Pattern: Lingering thin mucus (Liu Yin)

Key Symptoms: Fullness and distention of the chest and abdomen, hardness in the epigastrium, abdominal pain, diarrhoea
Secondary Symptoms: Nausea or vomiting, cold back, thirst with no desire to drink

Tongue: Pale with a white slippery coating
Pulse: Deep or hidden



Ingredients
Gan Sui 3g
Ban Xia 5g
Shao Yao 3g
Gan Cao 3g

Subsitutions:
In the UK Gan Sui must be substituted. Few other things have this harsh action but Qian Niu Zi and/or Ting Li Zi, some elements of Wu Ling San or Da Cheng Qi Tang might be able to suffice for a less acute presentation depending on whether purging through the bowel or urine is desirable. Urgent cases may require referral to hospital.



Preparation: Decoction. The ingredients are boiled in 200ml of water until 50ml remain, then add 50ml of honey, bring to the boil again and take in a single dose.

Actions: Drives out water, dispels Phlegm, disperses knotting, eliminates fullness, relaxes hypertonicity, stops pain.


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