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Hao Qin Qing Dan Tang

Sweet Wormwood and Scutellaria Decoction to Clear the Gallbladder

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Source: Revised Popular Guide to the Discussion of Cold Damage (Qing dynasty)
Author: Yu Gen-Chu / He Bing-Yuan

Category: Formulas that Harmonise

Pattern: Damp-Heat and turbid Phlegm in the Shaoyang constraining the Ying and Wei

Key Symptoms: Mild chills alternating with pronounced fever, bitter taste in the mouth, stifling sensation in the chest, spitting up bitter or sour fluids (or vomiting yellow salty fluids, or, in severe cases, dry heaves), thirst with or without a desire to drink, distention and pain in the chest and hypochondria

Tongue: Red with a thick, greasy coating that may be white, yellow or a combination of the two
Pulse: Rapid, slippery on the right and wiry on the left

Qing Hao 4.5-6g
Huang Qin 4.5-9g
Zhu Ru 9g
Zhi Ke 4.5g
Chen Pi 4.5g
Zhi Ban Xia 4.5g
Chi Fu Ling 9g
Qing Dai 3g
Hua Shi 3g
Gan Cao 3g (powdered)

Preparation: Decoction. The last three ingredients are known as Bi Yu San and placed in a cheesecloth bag and decocted with the other ingredients.

Actions: Clears Gallbladder Heat, harmonises the Stomach Qi, transforms Phlegm

Contraindications: Phlegm-Dampness due to Yang deficiency

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