Herb Formulas Notebook

Qing Pi Tang

(Clear the Spleen Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Harmonise

Pattern: Heat Malaria (Dan Nue) or Warm Malaria (Wen Nue) due to Phlegm-Damp constraint trapping Heat

Key Symptoms: Alternating chills and fevers (fever predominant) or fever without chills, focal distention, loss of appetite, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, thirst, dark urine, constipation

Tongue: Yellow greasy coating
Pulse: Rapid and wiry

Qing Pi 4.5-6g
Hou Po 9-12g (ginger processed)
Bai Zhu 9-12g
Cao Guo 6-9g
Chai Hu 9-12g
Fu Ling 9-12g
Zhi Ban Xia 9-12g
Huang Qin 9-12g
Zhi Gan Cao 9-12g

Preparation: Originally equal amounts of each herb ground into a coarse powder and prepared in 12g doses into a decoction with 5 pieces of Sheng Jiang. Today it is usually prepared as a decoction with a small amount of wine and taken 2-3 times beginning 3 hours before the onset of an attack (if the attacks are regular).

Actions: Harmonises and resolves Shaoyang, clears Heat, dries Dampness, transforms Phlegm, moves the Qi, improves the Spleen's transportive function

Contraindications: Malarial disorders with Phlegm-Dampness

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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.