Herb Formulas Notebook

Wen Jing Tang

Warm the Flow Decoction

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Regulate Blood

Pattern: Deficiency Cold of the Ren Mai and Chong Mai with Blood stasis and deficiency Heat

Key Symptoms: Cold and pain in the lower body, upward flushing of heat, dry lips and mouth
Secondary Symptoms: Mild, persistant uterine bleeding, irregular menstuation, extended or continuous menstrual flow, bleeding between periods, lower abdominal distention, diarrhoea during menstruation, white vaginal discharge, tendency to miscarry, warm palms and soles, palmar erythema

Tongue: Dry body, scanty coating
Pulse: Thin, rough, submerged
Abdomen: Pain on pressure in the lower abdomen that is often worse on the left side, hypertonicity of the rectus abdominis muscle, overall soft and weak abdomen, lwoer abdomen cold to the touch

Wu Zhu Yu 9g
Gui Zhi 6g
Dang Gui 6g
Chuan Xiong 6g
Bai Shao 6g
E Jiao 6g (dissolve into strained decoction)
Mai Men Dong 9-12g
Mu Dan Pi 6g
Ren Shen 6g
Zhi Ban Xia 6-9g
Gan Cao 6g
Sheng Jiang 4sl

In the UK E Jiao must be substituted with Gou Qi Zi and Han Lian Cao.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms the Vessels, dispels Cold, nourishes the Blood, dispels Blood stasis

Contraindications: Blood stasis associated with excess patterns

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