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Herb Formulas Notebook

Miao Xiang San

Marvellously Fragrant Powder

Source: Formulary of the Pharmacy Service for Benefiting the People of the Taiping Era (1107)
Author: Imperial Medical Bureau

Category: Formulas that Calm the Spirit

Pattern: Heart Qi deficiency, Yin Wei Mai disharmony with damage to Ying and Blood and involvement of Ren Mai, Chong Mai and Pericardium.

Key Symptoms: Anxiety, apprehensiveness, worry and distress with palpitations, insomnia, forgetfulness, nocturnal emissions, spontaneous sweating

Tongue: Pale
Pulse: Deficient

Ren Shen 15g
Shan Yao 30g
Huang Qi 30g
Fu Ling 30g
Fu Shen 30g
Yuan Zhi 30g
Mu Xiang 75g
Jie Geng 15g
Zhi Gan Cao 15g
She Xiang 3g
Zhu Sha 9g

Due to toxicity Zhu Sha must be removed or substituted with Hu Po. In the UK She Xiang must also be substituted with Shi Chang Pu and Ru Xiang.

Preparation: Ground into powder and taken in 6g doses with warm wine.

Actions: Nourishes the Heart, calms the Spirt

Extraordinary Vessel attributions come from Li Shi-Zhen's (1577-8) Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), trans. Chace & Shima (2009). Li Shi-Zhen only gives acupuncture points but this formula is given by Shen Jin-Ao in the commentary.

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