Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang
苓桂术甘汤

 

 

Poria Cinnamon Twig Atractylodes and Licorice Decoction

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AboutHerbsCaution/Notes
Health Benefits
For: Cough • Respiratory infection • Shortness of breath • Wheezing • Watery phlegm
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Granules

Research (sample)
Categories (Click on ⌕ for other formulas in the category)
Category: Treat Phlegm ⌕    Subcategory: Transform Cold Phlegm ⌕      Family: Gui Zhi Lei Fang ⌕      Source: Shang Han Lun  ⌕       Related Formula:
Actions
Softens phlegm • Tonify spleen • Dispel dampness
Indications and Contraindications
Appearance: Tongue -Purple • Yellow coat      Pulse -Forceful • Deep • Choppy      Face/other 
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Properties
Data adapted from product found online.  Categories 4% or less not shown.

Herbs Cat/Dose Actions Properties
Fu LingPoria Mushroom • 茯苓 Drain Dampness
12g
Dry dampness • Tonify spleen • Calm spirit • Relief edema • Detox food poisoning • Promote urination Diuretic • Antibacterial • Anti-inflammatory • Anti-allergic • Hypoglycemic • Antacid • Sedative • Immunity booster
Gui ZhiCinnamon Twig • 桂枝 ♥ Release Exterior Wind Cold
9g
Regulate nutritive and protective qi • Warm channels • Expel Cold • Improve circulation • Relieve pain Antimicrobialanticoagulantteratogenic • emmenagogue • antiparasitic • antibiotic • hypoglycemic •analgesic • anti-inflammatory • antioxidant • free radical scavenging • sedative • memory enhancer
Bai ZhuWhite Atractylodes Root • 白术 Tonify Qi
6g
Tonify qi • Stop sweating • Calms fetus • Edema • Urination difficulty • Reduce pain • Reduce inflammation Anti-inflammatory • Hepatoprotective • Immunity Booster • Hypoglycemic • Antibaterial
Zhi Gan CaoLicorice Root • 甘草 Tonify Qi
6g
Tonify spleen • Tonify qi • Tonify blood • Clear heat • Stop cough • Lubricate lungs • Stop wheezing • Reduce spasm • Relieve pain • Harmonize other herb effectsEnters all 12 channels, often serve as envoy in a formula. Hypoglycemic • Antiarrhythmic • Expectorant • Antidiarrheal • Antiulcer • Hepatoprotective • Antiulcer • Immunostimulant • Antitussive • Antiviral • Detox • Demulcent • Anti-inflammatory • Laxative • Emmenagogue • Antimicrobial • Spasmolytic
King/Chief    ♥ Minister/Deputy      Assistant     ♦ Envoy
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Modifications For
+ Dang Shen Persistent fatique
+ Ban Xia Vomiting
+ Zhi Ke + Hou Po Epigastrium pain
+ Zhen Wu Tang Vertigo

Caution
ALERT: Contraindications of each herb - use with caution under these conditions:
Fu Ling: Foods: Vinegar, pickled food
Gui Zhi: Pregnancy • Liver Wind • Measles • Open skin sores
Bai Zhu: Autoimmune disorder • Yin deficiency with heat • Dehydration • Foods: black carp, Chinese cabbage, peach, plum and coriander
Gan Cao: High blood pressure • Low potassium • Pork • Seaweed • Chinese cabbage • Anti-diabetic drugs • Diuretic drugs
Notes

 

Bibliography: [3], [8], [9], [14]

Information in this post came from many sources, including class notes, practitioners, websites, webinars, books, magazines, and editor's personal experience.  While the original source often came from historical Chinese texts,  variations may result from the numerous English translations.   Always consult a doctor prior to using these drugs.  The information here is strictly for educational purposes. 

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