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Gua Di San

Melon Pedicle Powder

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

Category: Formulas that Dispel Phlegm

Pattern: Phlegm clogging the chest and diaphragm, or food stagnation lodged in the upper epigastrium

Key Symptoms: Firm areas of focal distention in the chest, anguish and vexation, difficult breathing due to a sensation of Qi rushing to the throat

Pulse: Slight floating in distal position

Gua Di
Chi Xiao Dou

In the UK inducing vomiting is not considered an appropriate treatment strategy meaning that Gua Di would have to be replaced with a downward moving Phlegm and Food Stagnation moving formula instead such as Zhi Zhu Wan or Bao He Wan. It is included in this list for reference only, to demonstrate the principle.

Preparation: Grind equal amounts into a powder and take 1-3g at a time with a warm decoction of Dan Dou Chi. If vomiting does not ensue increase the dosage. If it still does not work then tickle the throat with a feather or cotton swab.

Actions: Discharges Phlegm or Food Stagnation through vomiting

Contraindications: Caution should be taken with weak patients due to the ease with which Gua Di can injure the stomach. If vomiting does not cease then administer 0.3-0.6g of Ding Xiang.

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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.