Herb Formulas Notebook

Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang

(Artemisia and Soft-Shelled Turtle Shell Decoction [Version 1])

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

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Heat lurking in the Yin aspects of the body

Key Symptoms: Night fever and morning coolness with no sweating as the fever recedes, emaciation with no loss of appetite

Tongue: Red with little coating
Pulse: Fine and rapid

Bie Jia 15g
Qing Hao 6g (add near end)
Sheng Di Huang 12g
Zhi Mu 6g
Mu Dan Pi 9g

In the UK Bie Jia is usually substituted with Qing Hao and Sheng Di Huang. Since they are already in the formula their quantities can be increased or deficiency Heat clearing herbs like Yin Chai Hu and Di Gi Pi could be considered instead.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Nourishes the Yin, vents Heat

Contraindications: Early stages of Warm-Heat diseases, or in instances of spasms and convulsions.

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