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Da Huang Mu Dan Tang (Rhubarb and Moutan Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Purge Heat Accumulation


  • Blood and Heat, Stagnating and Clumping in the Intestines


  • Drains heat through the bowels, breaks up blood stagnation, disperses clumping, lumps, and reduces swellings.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Thin, yellow, greasy tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid slippery pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use this formula in cases with necrotic appendicitis, appendicitis in infants, appendicitis during pregnancy, appendicitis with peritonitis, or appendicitis with parasites.
  • Use strict caution with elderly or weak patients.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jin Gui Yao Lue)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Large Intestine, Stomach, Heart, Kidneys, Liver, Lungs, Small Intestine

Substances in this Formula (5 Total):

Da Huang (Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei)
Da Huang (Rhubarb Root and Rhizome) 大簧
Qty: 12-18 grams
Chan: HT, LI, LIV, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei
Cat: Purgatives
Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)
Mang Xiao (Sodium Sulfate, Mirabilite, Glauber's Salt) 芒硝
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: ST, LI.
Prop: Salty, Bitter, Very Cold
Latin: Natrii Sulfas
Cat: Purgatives
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Radicis Moutan)
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex of the Peony Tree Root) 牡丹皮
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, KI
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Cool
Latin: Cortex Radicis Moutan
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Tao Ren (Semen Pruni Persicae)
Tao Ren (Peach Kernel) 桃仁
Qty: 9-15 grams
Chan: HT, LI, LIV, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Semen Pruni Persicae
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Dong Gua Zi (Semen Benincasae Hispidae)
Dong Gua Zi (Winter Melon, Wax Gourd Seed, Benincasa) 冬瓜子
Qty: 15-30 grams
Chan: LU, ST, LI, SI
Prop: Sweet, Cold
Latin: Semen Benincasae Hispidae
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness

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