Herb Formulas Notebook

Ge Gen Jia Ban Xia Tang

Kudzu Decoction with Pinellia

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

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Simultaneous Taiyang and Yangming disorder, or Taiyang disorder with vomiting but no diarrhoea

Key Symptoms: Vomiting, fever and chills, absence of sweating, aversion to cold,
Secondary Symptoms: Stiff and rigid neck and upper back, headache, nasal congestion, cough, wheezing

Tongue: Thin, white coating
Pulse: Floating and tight

Ge Gen 12g
Ban Xia 6g
Ma Huang 6g
Gui Zhi 6g
Bai Shao 6g
Zhi Gan Cao 4g
Sheng Jiang 4sl
Da Zao 3pc

In the UK the maximum legal dose of Ma Huang allowed without prescription is 1.8g per day, and a maximum of 0.6g per administration. This makes it difficult to get the effects required. If necessary it can be substituted with Zi Su Ye, Jing Jie and Fang Feng.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Releases pathogens from the Exterior and muscle layer, generates fluids, stops vomiting

Contraindications: Wind-Heat disorders with similar symtoms

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