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Bàn Xià Xiè Xīn Tāng (Pinellia Decoction to Drain the Epigastrium)

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  • Formulas that Harmonize Lesser Yang-stage Disorders


  • Stomach and Intestinal Disharmony with Heat and Cold Complex in the Middle Jiao


  • Harmonizes the Stomach and descends rebellious Qi
  • Disperses accumulation, masses, and clumping.
  • Relieves fullness and focal distention.


  • Epigastric fullness, tightness, stuffiness, or focal distention with very little or no pain
  • Dry heaves, retching, or vomiting.
  • diarrhea with borborygmus.
  • Loss of appetite.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Thin, yellow, greasy tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry and Rapid Pulse

Western Uses:

  • Acute Gastroenteritis
  • Chronic Gastritis
  • Chronic Hepatitis
  • Early stage Cirrhosis
  • Hyper-Secretion of Acid Causing Gastric Ulcers

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • This formula is drying Do not uses in cases of Stomach Yin Deficiency with dry heaves or nausea.
  • 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. Modern dosage of Ban Xia is often increased by 3 Grams, Zhi Gan Cao is often reduced by 3 grams, and only 4 pieces of Da Zao are used.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Large Intestine, Gall Bladder, Liver

Substances in this Formula (7 Total):

Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae)
Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) 半夏
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Latin: Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Gan Jiang (dry Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Gan Jiang (Dried Ginger Rhizome) 干姜
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Hot
Latin: dry Rhizoma Zingiberis
Cat: Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root) 黄芩
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: GB, LI, LU, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis)
Huang Lian (Coptis Rhizome) 黄连
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: HT, LI, LIV, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Rhizoma Coptidis
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
Ren Shen (Ginseng Root) 人参
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, SP
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Warm
Latin: Radix Ginseng
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)
Da Zao (Date, Jujube) 大枣
Qty: 12 pieces
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) 炙甘草
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: All 12 Channels
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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