Herb Formulas Notebook

Qing Gong Tang

(Clear the Palace Decoction)

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Source: Systematic Differentiation of Warm Pathogen Diseases (1798)
Author: Wu Tang / Ju-Tong

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Warm Pathogen disease where sweating has damage the Yin fluids of the Heart

Key Symptoms: Fever, impaired consciousness, disordered speech

Tongue: Crimson body without coating

Xuan Shen 9g
Lian Zi Xin 1.5g
Dan Zhu Ye 6g
Lian Qiao 6g
Shui Niu Jiao 15-30g
Mai Men Dong 9g

In the UK Shui Niu Jiao (itself a replacement for Xi Jiao) must be substituted with an increase in Xuan Shen and the addition of Huang Lian at a 3:1 ratio. Increasing Xuan Shen to its maximum dosage of 15g and adding 2-3g of Huang Lian seems most appropriate.

Preparation: Decoction. The original specifies using the heart of all the herbs (the central portion) to obtain their affinity for the Heart of the patient.

Actions: Clears Heat in the Heart and nourishes the Yin fluids

Contraindications: The original warns not to give to anyone with a white, slippery coating so as to avoid retaining pathological Dampness.

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