Herb Formulas Notebook

Qi Ge San

Open up the Diaphragm Powder

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Source: Awakening of the Mind in Medical Studies (1732)
Author: Cheng Guo-Peng

Category: Formulas that Regulate Qi

Pattern: Dysphagia-occulsion (Ye Ge): chronic Qi constraint with dryness as fluids clump into Phlegm

Key Symptoms: Swallowing that is accompanied by a choking sensation or a feeling of oesophageal constriction or blockage, focal distention of the chest and diaphragm, distention that is accompanied by indistinct pain and relieved by belching, dry retching or spitting up of phlegm or oral mucus.
Secondary Symptoms: Constipation or difficult bowel movements, dry mouth and throat, gradual emaciaton

Tongue: Red with white coating
Pulse: Thin and wiry

Sha Shen 9g
Dan Shen 9g
Fu Ling 3g
Chuan Bei Mu 4.5g
Yu Jin 1.5g
Sha Ren Ke 1.2g
He Ye Di 3g
Chu Tou Kang 1.5g

If unavailable He Ye Di may be substituted for He Ye. Chu Tou Kang may be substituted for Xian Fu Hua and Nuo Mi, Gu Ya, or Wu Zhu Yu and Fo Shou.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Regulates the Qi, opens Constraint, moistens Dryness, transforms Phlegm

Contraindications: Occlusion due to Blood stasis or Yin deficiency, or Qi and Yang 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.