Herb Formulas Notebook

Gou Teng Yin

(Uncaria Decoction)

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Source: Golden Mirror of the Medical Tradition (1742)
Author: Wu Qian / Liu-Ji

Category: Formulas that Expel Wind

Pattern: "Heavenly Hook" (Tian Dao) seizures due to External Wind-Heat producing Phlegm-Heat clogging the Upper Jiao and obstructing Heart Qi

Key Symptoms: Convulsions where the eyes suddenly stare upwards (as if "hooked by heaven"), high fever, clenched jaw, hyperextension of the head and neck
Secondary Symptoms: Drooling (if Qi deficiency is also present), palpitations

Gou Teng 9g
Ling Yang Jiao 0.3g
Quan Xie 0.9g
Ren Shen 3g
Tian Ma 6g
Zhi Gan Cao 1.5g

In the UK several ingredients will need to be substituted. These include:
Ling Yang Jiao = Gou Teng + Mu Dan Pi
Quan Xie = Gou Teng + Tian Zhu Huang
Since Gou Teng is already the main ingredient, these substitutions may include Zhu Ru and Tian Nan Xing.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Heat and extinguishes Wind

Contraindications: The original indications for this formula represent a very acute and severe condition which should be referred to hospital. Similar seizure disorders without high fever may occur in forms of epilepsy for which this formula may serve as a basis.

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.