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Bái Hú Tāng (White Tiger Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Clear Heat from the Qi Level


  • 6 Stages: Yang Ming Channel Heat
  • 4 Levels: Qi Level Heat


  • Clear Yang-Ming and Qi Level excess heat
  • Generates fluids and stops thirst.
  • Drains Stomach fire.


  • High fever, excess thirst, profuse sweating, irritability, dry mouth, and aversion to heat

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Dry tongue

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Forceful
  • Slippery and Rapid Pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of Stomach and Spleen deficiency with symptoms such as spontaneous sweating, fever, aversion to wind, fatigue, and a floating deficient pulse
  • Do not use in cases of true cold and false heat.
  • Do not use in exterior conditions.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Cook until rice is done and ingest liquid.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)


  • This formula is often described as treatng the "4 Bigs", which are big fever, big thirst, big sweat, big pulse.

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Stomach, Kidneys, Spleen

Substances in this Formula (4 Total):

Shi Gao (Gypsum Fibrosum)
Shi Gao (Gypsum) 石膏
Qty: 30 grams
Chan: LU, ST
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Very Cold
Latin: Gypsum Fibrosum
Cat: Herbs that Drain Fire
Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Aspheloidis)
Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena Rhizome) 知母
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, ST, KI
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Aspheloidis
Cat: Herbs that Drain Fire
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) 炙甘草
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: All 12 Channels
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Geng Mi (Oryzae Semen)
Geng Mi (Rice)
Qty: 9-15 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Cool
Latin: Oryzae Semen
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi

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