Herb Formulas Notebook

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San

(Patchouli/Agastache Powder to Rectify the Qi)

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Source: Formulary of the Pharmacy Service for Benefiting the People of the Taiping Era (1107)
Author: Imperial Medical Bureau

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Externally contracted Wind-Cold with pre-existing Dampness and Stagnation in the Middle Jiao, or Sudden Turmoil or Malarial disorders with the same presentation

Key Symptoms: Fever and chills, fullness and stifling oppression in the chest, epigastric and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea
Secondary Symptoms: Headache, loss of taste, borborygmus

Tongue: White, greasy coating
Pulse: Moderate, slippery
Abdomen: Distention and discomfort in the epigastrium and abdomen

Huo Xiang 9g
Hou Po 9g (ginger fried)
Chen Pi 9g
Zi Su Ye 9g
Bai Zhi 9g
Zhi Ban Xia 12g
Da Fu Pi 15g
Bai Zhu 9g
Fu Ling 15g
Jie Geng 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 3g
Sheng Jiang 2sl
Da Zao 1pc

Preparation: Originally ground into a powder and taken as a draft in 3-6g doses with 3-6g of Sheng Jiang and one piece of Da Zao. May also be prepared as a decoction using a relatively high flame for a short period of time (10-20 minutes). Often made into prepared forms in China, especially fast acting liquid.

Actions: Releases the Exterior, transforms Dampness, regulates the Qi, harmonises the Middle Jiao

Contraindications: Wind-Heat or deficiency Fire (without significant modification)

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