Herb Formulas Notebook

Xi Gan San

(Liver Washing Powder)

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Source: Formulary of the Pharmacy Service for Benefiting the People of the Taiping Era (1107)
Author: Imperial Medical Bureau

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Ascendant Wind-Heat from the Liver affecting the eyes

Key Symptoms: Red, swollen and painful eyes
Secondary Symptoms: Excessive tearing, dry eyes, eye screens, clouded vision, constipation, dark and rough urination

Pulse: Strong and wiry

Dang Gui 6-8g
Bo He 6-8g
Qiang Huo 6-8g
Fang Feng 6-10g
Zhi Zi 6-10g
Da Huang 4-8g (add near end)
Zhi Gan Cao 4-8g
Chuan Xiong 4-8g

Preparation: The source text advises grinding equal amounts of each herb into a powder and taking 6g each time washed down with cool water after meals. The amounts given are for a decoction.

Actions: Dredges Wind, disperses Heat, clears the Liver, drains Fire

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