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Wu Zhu Yu Tang

Evodia Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Warm Interior Cold

Pattern: Jueyin syndrome with deficiency Cold of the middle Jiao and upward rebellion of turbid Yin, Jueyin type disharmony of Yin Wei Mai

Key Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, migraine-like headaches, vertex headaches, aversion to cold (or cold as a trigger)
Secondary Symptoms: Vomiting immediately after eating, indeterminate gnawing hunger, acid reflux with or without epigastric pain, dry heaves, spitting up of clear fluids, diarrhoea, cold hands and feet, agitation, neck pain, backache

Tongue: White, wet or slippery coating
Pulse: Submerged and frail or submerged, thin and wiry
Abdomen: Drum like distention or depression of epigastrium, splashing sounds, reduced tone in abdominal muscles

Wu Zhu Yu 9-12g
Ren Shen 9g
Sheng Jiang 12sl
Da Zao 4pc

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms and tonifies the Liver and Stomach, directs rebellious Qi downwards, stops vomiting

Contraindications: Vomiting or acid reflux due to Heat, during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Extraordinary Vessel attributions come from Li Shi-Zhen's (1577-8) Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), trans. Chace & Shima (2009).

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