Herb Formulas Notebook

Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang

(Peony and Licorice Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Tonify Blood

Pattern: Blood deficiency or injury to fluids

Key Symptoms: Spasms of the calf muscles, cramps of the hands, abdominal pain that improves with pressure
Secondary Symptoms: Irritability, slight chills

Tongue: May have absent coating

Shao Yao 12g
Zhi Gan Cao 12g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Nourishes the Blood, augments the Yin, moderates painful spasms, alleviates pain

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