Herb Formulas Notebook

Zhi Zi Chi Tang

Gardenia and Fermented Soybean Decoction

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

Category: Formulas that Clear Heat

Pattern: Xu Fan, Deficiency Vexation or Formless Heat lingering at the Qi level

Key Symptoms: Fever, irritability, insomnia with tossing and turning in bed, a stifling sensation in the chest, hunger with no desire to eat

Tongue: Slightly yellow coat
Pulse: Slightly rapid pulse
Abdomen: Soft epigastrium

Zhi Zi 9g
Dan Dou Chi 6-9g

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Clears Heat and alleviates restlessness and irritability

Contraindications: Use with caution in patients with long lasting Spleen deficiency and loose stools

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