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Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San (Agastache Powder to Rectify the Qi)


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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness

Pattern:

  • External Wind-Cold with internal turbid dampness

Actions:

  • Releases the exterior and resolves turbid dampness
  • Activates the Qi and harmonizes the Middle Jiao.

Indications:

  • Headache, chills and fever, aversion to cold, a sensation of oppression and fullness in the chest, nausea and vomiting, abdominal and epigastric pain, loss of appetite, loss of taste, diarrhea, borborygmus, flatulence

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Slightly pale tongue with a white and greasy coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Floating and tight pulse
  • Soggy and moderate pulse

Western Uses:

  • Influenza
  • Intestinal Flu
  • Non-specific Acute Colitis
  • Acute Gastroenteritis
  • Acute Diarrhea

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • This formula is warm and drying, thus it should not be used in cases of Wind Heat with dampness or Yin deficiency with heat
  • 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. Usually cooked on high heat for approximately 10-20 minutes.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Imperial Grace Formulary of the Tai Ping Era (Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Stomach, Spleen, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Heart

Substances in this Formula (11 Total):


Huo Xiang (Herba Agastaches Rugosus, Herba Pogostemonis)
Huo Xiang (Patchouli, Agastache) 藿香
Qty: 12 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Slightly Warm
Latin: Herba Agastaches Rugosus, Herba Pogostemonis
Cat: Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis)
Hou Po (Magnolia Bark) 厚朴
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LI, LU, SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis
Cat: Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)
Chen Pi (Orange Peel, Citrus Peel, Tangerine Peel) 陈皮
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Zi Su Ye (Perillae Folium)
Zi Su Ye (Perilla Leaf) 紫苏叶
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LU, SP
Prop: Spicy, Aromatic, Warm
Latin: Perillae Folium
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae)
Bai Zhi (Angelica Root) 白芷
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LU, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Radix Angelicae Dahuricae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
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
Da Fu Pi (Pericarpium Arecae Catechu)
Da Fu Pi (Betel Husk) 大腹皮
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LI, SI, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Slightly Warm
Latin: Pericarpium Arecae Catechu
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes Rhizome) 白术
Qty: 12 grams
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Jie Geng (Platycodi Radix)
Jie Geng (Root of the Balloon Flower) 桔梗
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU (ST)
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Neutral
Latin: Platycodi Radix
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
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
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