Herb Formulas Notebook

Yin Chen Hao Tang

Virgate Wormwood Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Damp-Heat Jaundice (Heat accumulating in the Interior due to sweat obstructed by Dampness)

Key Symptoms: Whole-body jaundice with a colour that resembles a 'fresh tangerine', slight abdominal distention, little or no sweating, or sweating from the head only that stops at the neck
Secondary Symptoms: Can also be used for other Damp-Heat skin and gynaecological disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, uterine bleeding, vaginal itching and painful menstruation.

Tongue: Yellow, greasy coating
Pulse: Slippery, rapid
Abdomen: Slightly distended

Yin Chen Hao 18g
Zhi Zi 9-12g
Da Huang 6g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Heat, resolves Dampness, reduces jaundice

Ploberger (2017), in Westliche und traditionell chinesische Heilkräuter, offers the following alternative using western herbs:

Herba et Radix Taraxaci(Dandelion)8g(Emperor)
Herba Alchemillae(Lady's Mantle)5g(Minister)
Radix et Rhizome Rhei (Rhubarb root)5g(Assistant)

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