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San Ren Tang (Three Nut Decoction)


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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • White tongue coating

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry, thin, and soggy pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.
  • 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. Dosages are usually reduced by one half to two thirds.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Systematic Differentiation of Warm Diseases (Wen Bing Tiao Bian)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (8 Total):


Xing Ren (Semen Pruni Armeniacae)
Xing Ren (Apricot Seed or Kernel) 杏仁
Qty: 15 grams
Chan: LI, LU
Prop: Bitter, Slightly Warm, Slightly Toxic
Latin: Semen Pruni Armeniacae
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
Bai Dou Kou (Fructus Amomi Kravanh)
Bai Dou Kou (Round Cardamom Fruit) 白豆寇
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Aromatic Slightly Warm (or Neutral)
Latin: Fructus Amomi Kravanh
Cat: Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis)
Hou Po (Magnolia Bark) 厚朴
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LI, LU, SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis
Cat: Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
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
Yi Yi Ren (Semen Coicis Lachyrma-jobi)
Yi Yi Ren (Seeds of Job's Tears) 薏苡仁
Qty: 18 grams
Chan: SP, LU, KI
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Slightly Cold
Latin: Semen Coicis Lachyrma-jobi
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Tong Cao (Medulla Tetrapanacis Papyriferi)
Tong Cao (Rice Paper Pith, Tetrapanax) 通草
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LU, ST
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Slightly Cold
Latin: Medulla Tetrapanacis Papyriferi
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Dan Zhu Ye (Herba Lophatheri Gracilis)
Dan Zhu Ye (Lophatherum Stem and Leaves) 淡竹叶
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: HT, SI, ST
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin: Herba Lophatheri Gracilis
Cat: Herbs that Drain Fire
Hua Shi (Talcum)
Hua Shi (Talcum) 滑石
Qty: 18 grams
Chan: ST, BL
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin: Talcum
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness

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