Herb Formulas Notebook

Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang

Nine Herb Decoction with Notopterygium

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Source: Hard Won Knowledge (1308)

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Wind-Cold-Damp Taiyang invasion with internal accumulation of Heat

Key Symptoms: Fever and chills (chills predominate), absence of sweating, headache, stiff neck, generalised aches and pains
Secondary Symptoms: Slight thirst, bitter taste

Tongue: White or slightly yellow coating
Pulse: Floating

Qiang Huo 5-9g
Fang Feng 5-9g
Cang Zhu 5-9g
Xi Xin 1-3g
Chuan Xiong 3-6g
Bai Zhi 3-6g
Huang Qin 3-6g
Sheng Di Huang 3-6g
Gan Cao 3-6g

In the UK Xi Xin has to be replaced with Wei Ling Xian or Gui Zhi + Qiang Huo.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Induces sweating, dispels Dampness, drains interior Heat

Contraindications: Warm pathogen disorders, Yin deficiency

The formula can be adjusted according to the specific presentation:
For Taiyang symptoms increase Qiang Huo
For Shaoyang symptoms increase Fang Feng
For Yangming headaches increase Bai Zhi
For Taiyin headaches increase Cang Zhu
For Shaoyin headaches increase Xi Xin
For Jueyin headaches increase Chaunxiong

To increase the formulas ability to unblock the Yang and release the exterior 3 slices of Sheng Jiang and 3 pieces of Cong Bai can be added making Chong He Tang.

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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.