Herb Formulas Notebook

Yi Yi Fu Zi Bai Jian San

Coix, Aconite and Patrinia Powder

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

Category: Formulas that Treat Abscesses and Sores

Pattern: Intestinal abscess with pus due to Cold-Dampness and stasis of Blood, or Damp-Heat constraint steaming the fluids causing long term Blood stasis

Key Symptoms: Distention of the abdomen with dry scaly skin, tightness and a mass-like appearance but soft on palpation

Pulse: Rapid but without fever

Yi Yi Ren 24-30g
Zhi Fu Zi 6-9g
Bai Jiang Cao 15-18g

In the UK Fu Zi must be substituted, usually with Gan Jiang and Rou Gui.
Su Bai Jiang is often dispensed instead of Bai Jiang Cao in modern practice.

Preparation: The source text advises grinding the ingredients into a powder and preparing as a draft by decocting a spoonful with 2 cups of water until half has evaporated. Administration is supposed to increase urination. At present it usually prepared as a decoction.

Actions: Expels pus, reduces abscesses, warms the Yang, disperses clumping

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