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Huang Lian Wen Dan Tang

(Warm the Gallbladder Decoction with Coptis)

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Source: Warp and Weft of Warm Diseases (1852)
Author: Wang Shi-Xiong / Meng-Ying

Category: Formulas that Dispel Phlegm

Pattern: Disharmony between the Stomach and Gallbladder with severe Phlegm-Heat obstructing the Qi dynamic

Key Symptoms: Restlessness and irritability, a bitter taste in the mouth, nausea or vomiting, insomnia or dream-disturbed sleep with strange or unusual dreams, palpitations, dizziness, anxiety
Secondary Symptoms: Timid and being easily startled, indeterminate gnawing hunger, seizures accompanied by copious sputum, focal distention of the chest, thirst

Tongue: Red body with yellow greasy coating
Pulse: Rapid and slippery, or rapid and wiry
Abdomen: Splashing sounds in the upper abdomen, focal distention in epigastric region, pulsation in the umbilical region

Huang Lian 3-6g
Zhu Ru 6g
Zhi Shi 6g
Zhi Ban Xia 6g
Chen Pi 9-15g
Fu Ling 4.5g
Zhi Gan Cao 3g
Sheng jiang 2-6sl
Da Zao 1pc

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Regulates the Qi, transforms Phlegm, clears the Gallbladder, harmonises the Stomach, clears Heat

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