Cong Chi Tang



Scallion and Prepared Soybean Decoction

 Disclaimer    For educational purposes only.  Do not use as medical advice

Health Benefits
For: Onset cold symptoms • Early stage respiratory infection • Runny nose • Sinus drainage • Mild fever • Stuffy nose • Sore throat
Products (online examples)

Green Onion

Fermented Soybeans


There were no prepared products online since it's such a simple formula.



Research (sample)
Categories (Click on ⌕ for other formulas in the category)
Category: Release the Exterior ⌕    Subcategory: Release Early Stage Exterior Disorders ⌕      Family:  ⌕      Source: Zhou Hou Bei Ji Fang  ⌕       Related Formula:
Induce sweating • Release exterior • Unblock yang
Indications and Contraindications
Appearance: Tongue -Thin, white coating      Pulse -Floating      Face/other 
Patterns: Externally contracted wind cold • Wind heat 
Indications: Sneezing • Running nose • Headache • No sweating • Aversion to cold
Data adapted from product found online.  Categories 4% or less not shown.

HERBS Cat/Dose Actions Properties
Cong Bai
9g-12g (4 stalks)
Dan Dou Chi
King/Chief    ♥ Minister/Deputy      Assistant     ♦ Envoy
Directions: Decoct the ingredients with 3 cups of water until 1 cup is left.  Drink the decoction.  Goal of this formula is to expel pathogens through sweating.  If no sweating, then add Ge Gen(6g) and Sheng Ma(6g), boil in 5 cups of water until 2 cups remain.  Drink the liquid.  If still, there's no sweating, then add Ma Huang (6g), and decoct the new set of ingredients in 5 cups of water. 22
Modifications For
+ Chan Tui + Jie Geng + Niu Bang Zi Deep cough and hoarseness25
+ Huo Xiang + Pei Lan Nauseous, chest is heavy,  and food is tasteless25
+ Sheng Jiang + Brown sugar Stomach ache25
+ Huang Qin + Zhi Zi +Lian Qiao High fever25
+ Ge Gen + Sheng Ma No sweating22,25
+ Qiang Juo+Fang Feng + Jing Jie Chills and headaches25
+ Ma Huang Still no sweating after adding Ge Gen and Sheng Ma22

ALERT: Contraindications of each herb - use with caution under these conditions:
I often use this formula when I feel a cold coming on.  I add a few slices of raw ginger, cook the ingredients in chicken broth and add sausage or tofu to make a quick meal.  It works amazingly well for me.  The formula is very mild and has no noted contraindications or side effects.22 I don't notice the sweating, but I do notice that the symptoms disappeared the next day. 


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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