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Zhen Wu Tang

(True Warrior Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Kidney, or Spleen and Kidney Yang deficiency with retention of pathogenic water, or Taiyang Cold Damage moving into Shaoyin

Key Symptoms: Sensations of internal cold or cold extremities, exhaustion, deep aching and heaviness in the extremities
Secondary Symptoms: Dizzness, palpitations, coughing and vomiting, abdominal pain aggravated by cold, oedema, loose stools, urinary difficulty, generalised twitching

Tongue: Pale or dark, swollen and tooth-marked body with white, slippery coating
Pulse: Submerged, thin, forceless
Abdomen: Splashing sounds in the abdomen, pulsations in the upper abdomen or around the umbilicus, pencil-line tension above or below the umbilicus


Ingredients
Zhi Fu Zi 9g
Bai Zu 6g
Fu Ling 9g
Sheng Jiang 9g
Bai Shao 9g

Subsitutions:
Fu Zi cannot be used in the UK but no substitute can effectively replace it in this context.



Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms the Yang, promotes urination


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