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Gui Zhi Qu Shao Yao Tang

(Cinnamon Twig Decoction minus Peony)

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

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Taiyang stage Wind-Cold or Wind attack with Exterior deficiency with injury to chest Yang

Key Symptoms: Fullness in the chest, aversion to drafts (including intolerance of open windows and needing to wear a scarf or protective clothing), sweating at any time of day or night (may be spontaneous or triggered by activity, stress or wind), fever or other heat symptoms
Secondary Symptoms: Headache, stiff neck, nasal obstruction, aching and pain in the extremities (especially arms and shoulders), dry heaves, flushing, constipation

Tongue: May have white coating but not always
Pulse: Irregular
Abdomen: Tension in rectus abdominis


Ingredients
Gui Zhi 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 6g
Sheng Jiang 4sl
Da Zao 3-4pc



Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Releases pathogens from the muscle layer, regulates Ying and Wei

Contraindications: Exterior Cold and interior Heat, or internal Dampness



Notes:
This is a variation of Gui Zhi Tang for when improper use of purgatives has driven a pathogen into the chest.


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