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Zuo Jin Wan

(Left Metal Pill)

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Source: Essential Teachings of Dan-Xi (1481)
Author: Zhu Dan-Xi

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Liver and Stomach disharmony due to Heat in the Liver

Key Symptoms: Pain in the flanks, indeterminate gnawing hunger, epigastric focal distention, vomiting, acid reflux, belching, bitter taste in the mouth

Tongue: Red with yellow coating
Pulse: Wiry and rapid


Ingredients
Huang Lian 15-18g
Wu Zhu Yu 2-3g



Preparation: Originally prepared as pills by grinding into a powder and mixing with water, taken in 2-3g doses 2-3 times per day. Can be taken as a decoction but due to the taste of both herbs it may be easier to grind and encapsulate.

Actions: Clears Liver Heat, directs rebellious Qi downwards, stops vomiting

Contraindications: Acid reflux due to Stomach deficient and Cold



Notes:
By adding Bai Shao and having all ingredients in equal ratio it becomes Wu Ji Wan (Fifth and Sixth Heavenly Stem Pill) which focuses the effects on Liver/Spleen disharmony for similar presentations which include diarrhoea, including hot dysentery disorders.


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