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Cang Er Zi San

(Xanthium Powder)

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Source: Formulas to Aid the Living (1253)
Author: Yan Yong-He

Category: Formulas that Expel Wind

Pattern: Retained Wind pathogen obstructing the Wei Qi

Key Symptoms: Unrelenting nasal discharge, nasal obstruction
Secondary Symptoms: Purulent discharge, frontal headache, migraine headaches, dizziness

Tongue: Thin or greasy white coating

Cang Er Zi 6-9g
Xin Yi Hua 3-6g
Bai Zhi 6-9g
Bo He 3-6g (add near end)
Cong Bai 3-6g

Preparation: Decoction. Do not cook for more than 10 minutes.

Actions: Disperses Wind, alleviates pain, unblocks the nose

Contraindications: Sinus problems due to Wind-Heat (without modification), significant Qi, Yin or Blood deficiency

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