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Wu Ling San

(Five Ingredient Powder with Poria)

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Internal accumulation of water and Damp, Taiyang Fu obstructed by Cold Damage

Key Symptoms: Thirst, urinary difficulty, sweating
Secondary Symptoms: Headache, oedema, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, generalised sensation of heaviness, diarrhoea, shortness of breath, coughing

Tongue: Wet, swollen body, tooth, marked
Pulse: Floating, large
Abdomen: Splashing sounds in the epigastrium or upper abdomen, discomfort in the epigastrium, throbbing pulsations below the umbilicus

Ze Xie 15g
Fu Ling 9g
Zhu Ling 9g
Bai Zhu 9g
Gui Zhi 6g

Preparation: Ground into powder and mixed with white wine and taken in doses of small spoonful three times per day followed by warm water. Can also be taken as a powder without wine in 3-6g doses 1-3 times per day. Generally prepared as a decoction with the dosages give.

Actions: Promotes urination, drains Dampness, strengthens the Spleen, warms the Yang, promotes the transforming functions of Qi, unblocks the Qi dynamic

Contraindications: Thirst due to excess Heat or Yin deficiency

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