Herb Formulas Notebook

Hai Tong Pi Tang

(Erythrina Wash)

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

Category: Formulas that are Applied Externally

Pattern: Second and third stage trauma to sinews and bones

Key Symptoms: Aching, inhibited range of motion and numbness due to trauma

Hai Tong Pi 6g
Tou Gu Cao 6g
Ru Xiang 6g
Mo Yao 6g
Dang Gui 4.5g
Hua Jiao 9g
Chuan Xiong 3g
Hong Hua 3g
Wei Ling Xian 2.5g
Bai Zhi 2.5g
Gan Cao 2.5g
Fang Feng 2.5g

Tou Gu Cao often refers to a combination of Tou Gu Cao and Feng Xian Tou Gu Cao.

Preparation: Source text advises grinding into a course powder, sewing in a white cloth sack and boiling like a decoction. At present the herbs are usually cooked in 2-3 cups of water and simmered for 20-30 minutes loosely covered. The herb bag is then removed and the liquid used to steam and then wash the affected area or the bag used as a compress, redipped in the water occasionally to keep hot, or covered with a hot water bottle.

Actions: Invigorates the Blood, disperses swelling, dispels Wind, Dampness and Cold, unblocks the Collaterals, relieves pain

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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.