Herb Formulas Notebook

Jin Fei Cao San

(Inula Powder)

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Source: Book to Safeguard Life Arranged According to Pattern (1108)

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Wind-Cold and Phlegm-fluids fettering the Lung's downbearing function

Key Symptoms: Chills, fever, cough with copious sputum, nasal congestion, deep and low voice, headache, clouded vision, fullness and oppression in the chest and diaphragm
Secondary Symptoms: Toothache due to Wind-Cold

Tongue: Puffy with tooth marks and a greasy, white coating
Pulse: Floating pulse

Xuan Fu Hua 9g
Xi Xin 1.5-3g
Qian Hu 9g
Jing Jie 6-9g
Zhi Gan Cao 3g
Zhi Ban Xia 5-9g
Chi Fu Ling 15g
Sheng Jiang 3sl
Da Zao 1pc

In the UK Xi Xin has to be replaced. Substitutions depend on the effect desired all of which may be appropriate here. Depending on the presentations these could include:
Channels: Gui Zhi + Qiang Huo
Lungs: Zi Su Ye + Bai Qian
Headache/toothache: Gao Ben + Bai Zhi
Sinuses: Cong Bai + Bai Zhi

Preparation: The source text recommends all the herbs except Sheng Jiang and Da Zao are ground into a powder with 9-15g decocted from 1.5 cups to 0.8 cups with the last two ingredients. At present it is normally prepared as a decoction with the dosages given.

Actions: Discharges and Disperses Wind-Cold, disseminates and directs the Lung Qi downward, transforms Phlegm, stops cough, calms wheezing

Compared to the original formula this has less ability to release the Exterior but greater ability to dispel Yin fluids that have accumulated in the Lung

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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.