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Herb Formulas Notebook

Qu Mai Zhi Zhu Wan

(Medicated Leaven, Barley Sprout, Unripe Bitter Orange and Atractylodes Pill)

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Source: Indispensable Tools for Pattern Treatment (1602)
Author: Wang Ken-Tang

Category: Formulas that Reduce Food Stagnation

Pattern: Spleen and Stomach deficiency with severe food stagnation

Key Symptoms: Loss of appetite, focal distention in the epigastrium and abdomen, nausea

Tongue: White coating
Pulse: Deficient

Shen Qu 60g
Mai Ya 60g
Bai Zhu 60g (dry fried)
Zhi Shi 30-60g

Preparation: Grind the ingredients into a powder and form into pills with rice fried in He Ye (lotus leaf). Take 6-9g with water twice per day. Many formulations omit the fried rice. Can also be prepared as a decoction with an appropriate reduction of dosages.

Actions: Tonifies the Qi and reduces focal distention, reduces food stagnation

This is a modification of Zhi Zhu Wan for more severe food stagnation. No dosages are given for the extra ingredients so an equal amount has been assumed.

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