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Bàn Xià Bái Zhú Tiān Má Tāng (Pinellia, Atractylodis Macrocephalae, and Gastrodia Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Dry Dampness and Expel Phlegm


  • Internal Wind Phlegm


  • Strengthens the Spleen and dispels dampness
  • Extinguishes Liver wind.
  • Transforms phlegm.


  • Vertigo, dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting
  • Distension and fullness in the chest and epigastria.
  • Profuse expectoration of Sputum.
  • Hypertension.
  • Deviation of the eyes or mouth.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Swollen with teeth marks and a white sticky coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Slippery and wiry pulse

Western Uses:

  • Meniere's Disease

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use for vertigo due to rising Liver Yang or Blood Deficiency
  • This formula contains one or more toxic substances (while some Chinese herbs are toxic, it must be noted that many come prepared, or are combined, to mitigate their toxicity).

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Medical Revelations (Yi Xue Xin Wu)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Stomach, Spleen, Liver, Heart

Substances in this Formula (8 Total):

Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae)
Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) 半夏
Qty: 4.5 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Latin: Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Tian Ma (Rhizoma Gastrodiae)
Tian Ma (Gastrodia Rhizome) 天麻
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: LIV
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Rhizoma Gastrodiae
Cat: Substances that Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes Rhizome) 白术
Qty: 18 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Ju Hong (Exocarpium Citri Rubrum)
Ju Hong (Outermost Citrus Peel, Tangerine Peel, Orange Peel) 橘红
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: LU, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin: Exocarpium Citri Rubrum
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 1.5 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) 生姜
Qty: 1 Slice
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)
Da Zao (Date, Jujube) 大枣
Qty: 2 pieces
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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