Herb Formulas Notebook

Shao Yao Tang

(Peony Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Damp-Heat lodged in the Intestines

Key Symptoms: Abdominal pain, difficulty with defecation, dysentery with equal amounts of blood and pus, burning sensation around the anus, scanty and dark urine

Tongue: Greasy, slightly yellow coat
Pulse: Rapid

Bai Shao 15-20g
Dang Gui 6-9g
Zhi Gan Cao 4.5g
Mu Xiang 4.5g
Bing Lang 4.5g
Huang Lian 6-9g
Huang Qin 9-12g
Da Huang 6-9g
Rou Gui 1.5-3g

In the UK Bing Lang must be substituted with Zhi Shi + Yu Li Ren or Zhi Shi + Fei Zi if parasites are suspected.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Regulates and harmonises Qi and Blood, clears Heat, dried Dampness, resolves toxicity

Contraindications: Early stages of disease where there are also Exterior symptoms, chronic dysenteric disorders due to deficiency Cold

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