Herb Formulas Notebook

Wu Tou Tang

(Aconite Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Wind

Pattern: Long term invasion of the Channels by Wind-Cold-Dampness leading to severe obstruction

Key Symptoms: Intense pain and severely restricted motion in the joints, especially in the hands and feet
Secondary Symptoms: Oedema, numbness or wasting of the legs due to Damp-Cold

Zhi Chuan Wu 9-12g
Ma Huang 9g
Bai Shao 9g
Huang Qi 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 9g

In the UK Chuan Wu must be substituted with Xian Mao and Yin Yang Huo.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms the Channels, disperses Wind, alleviates pain

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