Herb Formulas Notebook

Tian Tai Wu Yao San

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Source: Comprehensive Recording of Sagely Beneficence from the Zhenghe Era (1117)
Author: Song Imperial Court

Category: Formulas that Regulate Qi

Pattern: Qi-type Bulging-Shan disorder due to Qi stagnation in the Liver channel or disharmony of the Ren Mai, often from Cold invasion

Key Symptoms: Lower abdominal pain radiating to the testicles, swollen or distended testicles

Tongue: Pale with white coating
Pulse: Submerges and slow or wiry

Wu Yao 15g
Mu Xiang 15g
Xiao Hui Xiang 15g (dry fried)
Qing Pi 15g
Gao Liang Jiang 15g
Bing Lang 15g
Chuan Lian Zi 15g (fried with Ba Dou)
Ba Dou 15g (used to prepare Chuan Lian Zi and then discarded)

In the UK Bing Lang must be substituted with Zhi Shi + Yu Li Ren.

Preparation: Wu Yao and Ba Dou are dry fried together until black, then the Ba Dou is discarded and the remaining ingredients ground into a powder. 3g is taken as a warm draft before meals with some wine. In severe cases Chao Sheng Jiang can be added to the draft and wine heated.

Actions: Promotes the movement of Qi, spreads the Liver Qi, scatters Cold, alleviates pain

Extraordinary Vessel attributions come from Li Shi-Zhen's (1577-8) Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), trans. Chace & Shima (2009). Li Shi-Zhen only gives acupuncture points but this formula is given by Shen Jin-Ao in the commentary.

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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.