Herb Formulas Notebook

Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang

Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction

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Source: Systematic Differentiation of Warm Pathogen Diseases (1798)
Author: Wu Tang / Ju-Tong

Category: Formulas that Treat Dryness

Pattern: Injury to Lungs by Dryness

Key Symptoms: Dry throat, thirst, fever, hacking cough with scanty sputum

Tongue: Red with scanty coating
Pulse: Rapid, thin

Nan Sha Shen 9g
Mai Men Dong 9g
Yu Zhu 6g
Sang Ye 4.5g
Tian Hua Fen 4.5g
Bai Bian Dou 4.5g
Gan Cao 3g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears and nourishes the Lungs and Stomach, generates Fluids, moistens dryness

Contraindications: Heat excess damaging body fluids

Ploberger (2017), in Westliche und traditionell chinesische Heilkräuter, offers the following alternative using western herbs:

Radix Althaeae(Marshmallow)6g(Emperor)
Lichen Islandicus(Iceland Moss)3g(Minister)
Radix Glycyrrhizae(Licorice root)2g(Envoy)
Folium Plantaginis/td> (Plantain)7g(Assistant)
Fructus Cardui mariae/td>(Milk Thistle)9g(Assistant)
Herba Millefolii(Yarrow)2g(Assistant)
Herba Pulmonariae(Lungwort)5g(Minister)
Herba Galeopsidis(Hempnettle)7g(Minister)
Herba Stellariea media(Chickweed)5g(Minister)

Research Links:
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Journal of Chinese Medicine
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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.