Herb Formulas Notebook

Xie Gan Tang

Drain the Liver Decocotion

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Source: Selections from the Clinical Experience of Guan You-Bo (2006)
Author: Guan You-Bo

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Toxic Heat in the Liver Blood

Key Symptoms: Early stage hepatic coma with the patient drifting in and out of conscsiousness, Yang type jaundice, red eyes and complexion, pain in both flanks, abdominal distention, heavy breathing, foul breath, thirst, constipation

Tongue: Red tongue with yellow coat
Pulse: Wiry and slippery

Yin Chen Hao 60g
Huang Lian 10g
Huang Qin 15g
Mu Dan Pi 15g
Huang Bai 15g
Da Huang 10g (fried in alcohol)
Zhi Zi 15g
Chi Shao 15g
Jin Yin Hua 30g
Pu Gong Ying 15g
Zi Hua Di Ding 15g
Ye Ju Hua 15g
Ban Lan Gen 30g
Chong Lou 15g
Zhi Shi 10g
Gua Lou 10g
Ban Xia 10g

Preparation: Decoction divided into four parts and taken in the course of one day. Each dose should be taken with half a pill of Zhi Bao Dan. It should be taken for up to half a month or until the symptoms have resolved by 50% and then the strategy should be changed from attacking to tonifying.

Actions: Drains Heat and resolves toxicity, clears the Liver and cools the Blood

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.