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Ding Chuan Tang (Arrest Wheezing Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Promote the Movement of Qi


  • Descends and circulates Lung Qi to stop wheezing, mildly clears heat, transforms phlegm and releases wind cold


  • Wheezing and coughing with thick, profuse, and yellow sputum, dyspnea, and possible fever and chills

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tongue with a greasy yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid and slippery Pulse

Western Uses:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Pulmonary Emphysema

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of dyspnea or wheezing from Qi deficiency, or when internal Phlegm-Heat is not present
  • 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:

  • Exquisite Formulas for Fostering Longevity (Fu Shou Jing Fang)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (9 Total):

Sang Bai Pi (Cortex Radicis Mori Albae)
Sang Bai Pi (Bark of Mulberry Root) 桑白皮
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, SP
Prop: Sweet, Cold
Latin: Cortex Radicis Mori Albae
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
Xing Ren (Semen Pruni Armeniacae)
Xing Ren (Apricot Seed or Kernel) 杏仁
Qty: 4.5 grams
Chan: LI, LU
Prop: Bitter, Slightly Warm, Slightly Toxic
Latin: Semen Pruni Armeniacae
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
Zi Su Zi (Fructus Perillae Frutescentis)
Zi Su Zi (Purple Perilla Fruit, Perilla Seed) 紫苏子
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LI, LU
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Fructus Perillae Frutescentis
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
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
Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root) 黄芩
Qty: 4.5 grams
Chan: GB, LI, LU, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Kuan Dong Hua (Tussilaginis Farfarae Flos)
Kuan Dong Hua (Coltsfoot Flower) 款冬花
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Tussilaginis Farfarae Flos
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Bai Guo (Semen Ginkgonis Bilobae)
Bai Guo (Ginkgo Nut) 白果
Qty: 9 grams (9 pieces)
Chan: LU
Prop: Sweet, Bitter, Astringent, Neutral, Slightly Toxic
Latin: Semen Ginkgonis Bilobae
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)
Ma Huang (Ephedra Stem) 麻黄
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Slightly Bitter, Warm
Latin: Herba Ephedrae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
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