Herb Formulas Notebook

Zhen Wu Tang

(True Warrior Decoction)

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

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Kidney, or Spleen and Kidney Yang deficiency with retention of pathogenic water, or Taiyang Cold Damage moving into Shaoyin

Key Symptoms: Sensations of internal cold or cold extremities, exhaustion, deep aching and heaviness in the extremities
Secondary Symptoms: Dizzness, palpitations, coughing and vomiting, abdominal pain aggravated by cold, oedema, loose stools, urinary difficulty, generalised twitching

Tongue: Pale or dark, swollen and tooth-marked body with white, slippery coating
Pulse: Submerged, thin, forceless
Abdomen: Splashing sounds in the abdomen, pulsations in the upper abdomen or around the umbilicus, pencil-line tension above or below the umbilicus

Zhi Fu Zi 9g
Bai Zhu 6g
Fu Ling 9g
Sheng Jiang 9g
Bai Shao 9g

Fu Zi cannot be used in the UK but no substitute can effectively replace it in this context.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Warms the Yang, promotes urination

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