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Ge Gen Jia Ban Xia Tang

(Kudzu Decoction with Pinellia)

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Source: Discussion of Cold Damage (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji (Zhong-Jing)

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Simultaneous Taiyang and Yangming disorder, or Taiyang disorder with vomiting but no diarrhoea

Key Symptoms: Vomiting, fever and chills, absence of sweating, aversion to cold,
Secondary Symptoms: Stiff and rigid neck and upper back, headache, nasal congestion, cough, wheezing

Tongue: Thin, white coating
Pulse: Floating and tight


Ingredients
Ge Gen 12g
Ban Xia 6g
Ma Huang 6g
Gui Zhi 6g
Bai Shao 6g
Zhi Gan Cao 4g
Sheng Jiang 4sl
Da Zao 3pc

Subsitutions:
In the UK the maximum legal dose of Ma Huang allowed without prescription is 1.8g per day, and a maximum of 0.6g per administration. This makes it difficult to get the effects required. If necessary it can be substituted with Zi Su Ye, Jing Jie and Fang Feng.



Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Releases pathogens from the Exterior and muscle layer, generates fluids, stops vomiting

Contraindications: Wind-Heat disorders with similar symtoms


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