Herb Formulas Notebook

Yue Ju Wan

(Escape Restraint Pill)

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Source: Essential Teachings of Dan-Xi (1481)
Author: Zhu Dan-Xi

Category: Formulas that Regulate Qi

Pattern: Qi constraint that may involve Dampness, Phlegm, Fire, Blood stasis or food stagnation

Key Symptoms: Focal distention, stifling sensation in the chest and abdomen, reduced appetite
Secondary Symptoms: Fixed pain in the hypochondria, belching, vomiting, acid reflux, mild coughing with copious sputum, indigestion

Tongue: Greasy coating
Pulse: Varies but not deficient or soft
Abdomen: Focal distention in the epigastrium

Cang Zhu 6-12g
Chuan Xiong 6-12g
Xiang Fu 6-12g
Zhi Zi 6-12g
Shen Qu 6-12g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Promotes movement of Qi, releases constraint

Contraindications: Stagnation or constraint due to deficiency

Not so much a ready-made prescription but a core formula around which to add or take away ingredients, increase or reduce dosages, and modify according to the presentation.

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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.