Herb Formulas Notebook

Si Qi Tang

Four Ingredient Decoction for the Seven Emotions

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Source: A Simple Book of Formulas (1191)
Author: Wang Shuo

Category: Formulas that Regulate Qi

Pattern: Obstruction of the Qi dynamic in the Middle Jiao and Upper Jiao by the Seven Emotions

Key Symptoms: Anxiety, depression, irritability, nausea, a feeling of something caught in the throat, stifling sensation in the chest and hypochondria, epigastric fullness, symptoms worsen when under stress
Secondary Symptoms: Breathing difficulty, palpitations, anxiety, irritability, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, dry throat, hiccup, belching, abdominal distention

Zhi Ban Xia 15g
Fu Ling 12g
Zi Su Ye 6g
Hou Po 9g

Preparation: Originally ground into powder with 12g decocted into 1 cup of water with 7 slices of Sheng Jiang and one piece of Da Zao.

Actions: Move the Qi, directs rebellion downwards, transforms Phlegm, disperses clumping

This is essentially the same and Ban Xia Hou Po Tang but ground into powder and with the addition of Da Zao which harmonises the stomach making it milder and more appropriate for long term use.

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