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



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

Subsitutions:
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.