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



Ingredients
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

Subsitutions:
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



Notes:
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.