Herb Formulas Notebook

Xuan Fei Run Chang Tang

(Disseminate the Lung and Moisten the Intestines Decoction)

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Source: Case Histories of Cheng Men-Xue (2002)
Author: Cheng Men-Xue

Category: Formulas that Drain Downward

Pattern: Dryness of the Intestines due to Liver constraint and Blood deficiency

Key Symptoms: Constipation accompanied by lower abdominal distention, lack of appetite, fatigue and muscle twitching

Rou Cong Rong 9g
Dang Gui 9g
Huo Ma Ren 9g
Bai Shao 9g
Chai Hu 3g
Zhi Ke 2.4g
Mei Hua 3g
Ju He 12g
Mu Gua 3g
Ju Ye 4.5g
Bai Zi Ren 9g
Zi Wan 9g

Zi Wan in no longer allowed to used internally in the UK due to the potential concentration of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids. The use of this herb, fried in honey, is the signature part of this formula. It direct Lung Qi downwards to facilitate movement of the bowel. Xing Ren is perhaps the only possible substitution.

This formula also uses other ingredients that may not be readily available in the UK such as Mei Hua, Mume flower, that may not be available at all. Ju He, tangerine seed and Ju Ye, tangerine leaf, are probably not hard to find but also not standard stock so would either require manual collection and preparation or substitution.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Nourishes the Blood, softens the Liver, moistens Dryness, unblocks the passage of the stools.

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