Herb Formulas Notebook

Wei Jing Tang

Reed Decoction

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Source: Records of Proven Formulas Past and Present (627)

Category: Formulas that Treat Abscesses and Sores

Pattern: Lung abscess from Wind-Heat Toxin, Phlegm and Blood stasis

Key Symptoms: Cough with foul smelling sputum, blood streaked sputum
Secondary Symptoms: Mild chest pain, slight fever, dry scaly skin

Tongue: Red body, yellow greasy coating
Pulse: Slippery, rapid

Lu Gen 60g
Yi Yi Ren 30g
Dong Gua Zi 24g
Tao Ren 9g

The original formula calls for Wei Jing after which it is named but since it is generally substituted for Lu Gen due to availability.
There is also debate as to whether Dong Gua Zi should be Tian Gua Zi as the source text only states Gua Zi.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Heat from the Lungs, transforms Phlegm, drives out Blood stasis, discharges Pus

Contraindications: Pregnancy

Originally for lung abscesses it is now adapted to treating the tail end of Heat disorders where there is cough and copious phlegm by substituting Tao Ren for Goa Lou Pi.

In dermatology it can be adapted to treat pustular skin lesions such as folliculitis, acne and pustular psoriasis when there are signs of Lung Heat by adding other Toxic Heat clearing herbs as appropriate.

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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.