Herb Formulas Notebook

Mai Men Dong Tang

Ophiopogonis Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Treat Dryness

Pattern: Lung Yin deficiency due to Stomach Heat

Key Symptoms: Cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing up of phlegm that is difficult to expectorate or spitting of saliva, dry uncomfortable sensation in the throat, dry mouth, heat of the palms and soles

Tongue: Dry, red with little coating
Pulse: Deficient, radid

Mai Men Dong 15-64g
Ren Shen 9g
Zhi Ban Xia 6-9g
Jing Mi 6-15g
Gan Cao 6g
Da Zao 4pc

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Benefits the Stomach, generates fluids, directs rebellious Qi Downward

Contraindications: Dampness or Lung atrophy due to deficiency Cold. Caution in high fever and irritability.

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