Herb Formulas Notebook

Jiao Ai Tang

(Ass-Hide Gelatin and Mugwort Decoction)

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Regulate Blood

Pattern: Injury and deficiency of the Ren Mai and Chong Mai with tendency to Cold

Key Symptoms: Abdominal pain with uterine bleeding, excessive mentruation with constant spotting, postpartum bleeding, or bleeding during pregnancy. The blood is pale and thin without clots.
Secondary Symptoms: Weakness and soreness of the lower back, dull complexion

Tongue: Pale with thin white coating
Pulse: Thin and frail

E Jiao 6g (dissolve into strained decoction)
Ai Ye 9g
Sheng Di Huang 12g
Dang Gui 9g
Chuan Xiong 6g
Shao Yao 12g (usually Bai Shao)
Gan Cao 6g

In the UK E Jiao must be substituted. The standard substitutes would be Gou Qi Zi and Mo Han Lian and/or Nu Zhen Zi although Pu Huang might also make a suitable addition to replace its haemostatic properties without being cold.

Preparation: Decoction. The source text advises to decoct in 5 parts water and 3 parts rice wine and take in 3 doses over the course on one day. At present it usually prepared as a decoction with water.

Actions: Nourishes the Blood, stops bleeding, regulates menstruation, calms the foetus

Contraindications: Abnormal uterine bleeding due to heat

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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.