Herb Formulas Notebook


Da Qing Long Tang

(Major Blue-Green Dragon Decoction)

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



Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Taiyang Wind-Cold invasion with Heat from constraint in the Interior

Key Symptoms: Severe fever and chills, absence of sweating, irritability, body pain, superficial oedema with dry skin
Secondary Symptoms: Sensation of a heavy body that comes and goes, cough or wheezing without thirst, desire for warm drinks

Tongue: Maybe red with white coating
Pulse: Floating and lax, or floating and tight



Ingredients
Ma Huang 12g
Xing Ren 6g
Gui Zhi 6g
Zhi Gan Cao 6g
Shi Gao 12-18g
Gan Jiang 9g
Da Zao 3pcs

Subsitutions:
In UK Shi Gao has to be substituted, although its usual replacement, Zhi Mu, increases fluids so is not appropriate. Maybe Zhi Zi is better.



Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Promotes sweating, released Wind-Cold from the Exterior, clears Interior Heat

Contraindications: Shaoyin patterns, Yang deficiency, Wind-Stroke patterns with deficiency of the Exterior, cases where sweating increases irritability


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