Herb Formulas Notebook

Ge Gen Huang Qin Huang Lian Tang

Kudzu, Scutellaria and Coptis Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Release Exterior-Interior Excess

Pattern: Heat excess in both Interior (Yangming) and Exterior (Taiyang)

Key Symptoms: Fever, sweating, foul-smelling stools, burning sensation around the anus, neck stiffness or pain
Secondary Symptoms: Facial flushing, headache, wheezing, thirst, irritability, insomnia

Tongue: Red with yellow coat
Pulse: Rapid and slippery, or flooding large and forceful, or rapid irregular
Abdomen: May have focal distention in epigastrium

Ge Gen 15g
Huang Qin 9g
Huang Lian 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 6g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Releases the Exterior, drains Heat

Contraindications: Dysenteric disorders without fever or with a submerged and slow pulse

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