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Herb Formulas Notebook

Liu Shen Tong Jie San

(Six Miracle Powder to Unblock and Release)

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Source: Comprehensive Medicine According to Master Zhang (1695)
Author: Zhang Lu-Yu / Shi-Wan

Category: Formulas that Release Exterior-Interior Excess

Pattern: Damp-Heat accumulating in the San Jiao with Wind-Cold binding the Exterior due to sudden exposure to Cold during summer months

Key Symptoms: Headache, fever and chills without sweating, a bitter taste in the mouth, reduced urination or blood in the urine, a stifling sensation in the chest, fatigue, aching of the limbs, nausea

Tongue: Yellow greasy coating

Ma Huang 15g
Shi Gao 15g
Cang Zhu 2.4g
Huang Qin 4.5g
Hua Shi 9g
Gan Cao 1.5g
Dan Dou Chi 9g
Cong Bai 3pcs

In the UK several substitutions must be made:
Ma Huang is often substituted for Xiang Ru so this could be done to overcome the maximum daily dose of 1.8g and an maximum single dose of 0.6g in the UK. It may be used at this low dose and complemented with Jing Jie, Fang Feng and Zi Su Ye too.
Shi Gao and Hua Shi may be substituted with Chi Fu Ling and Ze Xie.

Preparation: No preparation instructions are given but was presumably ground into powder in the original but the dosages in Scheid et al. (2008) appear to be for a decoction.

Actions: Disperses Cold in the Exterior clears Heat from the Yangming channel and Upper Jiao, drains Damp

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Journal of Chinese Medicine
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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.