Herb Formulas Notebook

Ge Gen Tang

(Kudzu Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Wind-Cold pathogen attacking Taiyang channels of the head and neck

Key Symptoms: Fever and chills without sweating, stiff and rigid neck and upper back
Secondary Symptoms: Headache, dry retching, dysentery or acute diarrhoea

Tongue: Thin, white coating
Pulse: Floating, tight

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

Preparation: Decoction.

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

Contraindications: Wind-Heat disorders with similar symtoms

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