Herb Formulas Notebook

Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin

(Universal Benefit to Eliminate Toxin)

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Source: Dong-Yuan's Tried and Tested Formulas (1202)
Author: Li Gao / Dong-Yuan

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Sudden onset of severe Fire Toxin due to seasonal epidemic of Wind-Heat and Damp-Phlegm

Key Symptoms: Strong fever and chills, redness swelling and burning pain of the head and face, inability to open the eyes, dysfunction of the throat, dryness and thirst
Secondary Symptoms: Modern usage has expanded the indications to any severe heat of the head and face including sores, boils and abscesses, haemorrhagic conjunctitivitis, tonsilitis, parotiditis and upper respiratory tract infections.

Tongue: Red with powdery white or yellow coating
Pulse: Floating, rapid and forceful

Huang Qin 15g
Huang Lian 15g
Ren Shen 9g
Niu Bang Zi 3g
Lian Qiao 3g
Bo He 3g
Jiang Can 2g (dry fried)
Xuan Shen 6g
Ma Bo 3g
Ban Lan Gen 3g
Jie Geng 6g
Gan Cao 6g
Ju Hong 6g
Chai Hu 6g
Sheng Ma 2g

Preparation: Originally ground into powder with half taken as a draft and half taken as pills made with honey and slowly dissolved in the mouth. Today it is generally prepared as a decoction with Ren Shen reduced to 3g or omitted entirely.

Actions: Clears Heat, eliminates Fire Toxin, disperses Wind-Heat

Contraindications: Caution in those with Yin deficiency

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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.