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The Chinese Medicine Sampler & Online Diagnosis - Herbal Medicine

Herbs Main

Guiding Principles TCM's own Chemistry

Some Examples of Single Herbs

Example of a Formula Structure

Some Examples of Formulas/Medicines

Forms & Preparation of Herbal Medicines

Safety Issues

 

EXAMPLES OF HERBAL FORMULAS

SAN AO TANG

FUNCTIONS: Disperses Lung Qi, Releases the Exterior
INDICATIONS: Wind Cold Invasion, mild chills and fever, common cold, influenza, headache, bodyaches, cough, shortness of breath, profuse clear sputum

CONTRA-INDICATIONS:
Hypertension, spontaneous sweating, cardiac arrhythmia

KING HERB: Ma huang - Ephedra
Disperse the Lung Qi, Release the Exterior (causes sweating)

MINISTER HERB: Xing ren - Apricot seed
relieve shortness of breath, relieve cough

ASSISTANT HERB: Gan cao - Licorice root harmonize all herbs

MA HUANG TANG

FUNCTIONS:
Expels Wind Cold, Releases the Exterior

INDICATIONS:
Wind Cold Invasion, aversion to cold, no sweating, headache, bodyaches, sneezing

CONTRA-INDICATIONS:
Hypertension, spontaneous sweating, cardiac arrthymia

KING HERB: Ma Huang - Ephedra
Disperse and Descend Lung Qi, Relieve shortness of breath

MINISTER HERB: Gui Zhi - Cinnamon twigs Eliminate Wind-Cold,
Release the Exterior, Harmonize the Ying Qi and Wei Qi.

ASSISTANT HERB: Xing ren - Apricot seed
Disperse and Descend Lung Qi, Relieve shortness of breath

GUIDE HERB: Gan Cao - Licorice Root
Harmonize directions of all herbs

BU YANG HUAN WU TANG

FUNCTIONS: Tonify Qi, circulate blood, remove blood stagnation

INDICATIONS:
#1 Sequelae of Stroke - paralysis of face, arm, leg, hemiplegia, incontinence of bowel or bladder, deviated mouth or or eyes
#2 Blood Stagnation - stagnation deu to Qi deficiency

Note: Treat stroke for 3 - 6 months but always treat first according to signs and symptoms

CAUTIONS:
Heat signs at beginning or during treatment - adjust dosage of Huang qi since it’s very warming. The classical dose of Huang qi is 120 grams. Begin with 15 - 20 grams and increase by 5 grams each course of treament to a maximum of 60 grams. Five days equals one course of treatment.

King Herb: Huang qi - Astraglus
tonify Qi, tonify the spleen & stomach

Minister: Dang gui wei - Angelica
circulate blood, remove blood stagnation

Assistant: Chi shao yao - circulate blood

Assistant: Chuan xiong - move blood, clear channels

Assistant: Tao ren - move blood, clear channels

Assistant: Hong hua - move blood, clear channels

Assistant: Di long - circulate blood in main and collateral channels

BAI TOU WENG TANG

FUNCTIONS: Clear Heat, Relieve Toxins, Cool Blood

INDICATIONS: Dysentery, Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine, diarrhea, fever, malodorous stool, blood and pus in the stool, tenseness, burning in the anus, tenesmus (painful spasm of the anus with the urge to evacuate the bowel), sweating, scanty dark urine, wiry rapid pulse

KING HERB: Bai Tou Weng - Pulsatilla
Stop dysentery, Clear Heat and Relieve Toxins

MINISTER HERB: Huang Lian - Coptis
Clear Damp Heat

ASSISTANT HERB Huang Bai - Phelldendron
Clear Damp Heat

ASSISTANT HERB: Qing Pi - Green tangerine peel Clear Heat and Stop Diarrhea

HUANG TU TANG

FUNCTIONS: Warm the Yang, Tonify the Spleen, Nourish blood, Stop Bleeding

INDICATIONS: Bleeding due to Spleen Yang deficiency, bloody stool, vomiting of blood, nose bleeds, uterine bleeding, pale sallow complexion, pale tongue, deep thready weak pulse

KING HERB:
Fu Long Gan - Earth from a firepit
Warm Spleen Yang, Consolidate Blood (in order to keep blood within the vessels), Stop Bleeding

MINISTER HERB: Fu Zi - Aconite
Warm Spleen Yang, Warm Kidney Yang

ASSISTANT HERB: Bai Zhu - White attractylodes Tonify the Spleen

ASSISTANT HERB: E Jiao - Ass-hide gelatin Nourish Blood and Yin, Stop Bleeding

ASSISTANT HERB: Sheng Di Huang - Raw rehmannia
Nourish Yin and Blood

ASSISTANT HERB: Huang Qin - Scutellaria
Balance the Heat from Fu Zi and Fu Long Gan

ASSISTANT HERB: Gan Cao - Licorice root harmonize the actions of all herbs

 

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