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Sang Ju Yin (Mulberry Leaf and Chrysanthemum Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Release Early-Stage Exterior Disorders


  • Early stage exterior Wind-Heat causing cough


  • Releases the exterior and clears Wind Heat
  • Moves Lung Qi and stops cough.
  • Diaphoretic


  • Cough
  • Slight fever and thirst.
  • Slight sore throat.
  • Possible painful red eyes.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Thin white tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Floating and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Common Cold
  • Influenza
  • Acute Early Stage Bronchitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Epidemic Conjunctivitis

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of cough due to Wind Cold
  • 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).

Originally Appeared In:

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

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (8 Total):

Sang Ye (Folium Mori Albae)
Sang Ye (White Mulberry Leaf) 桑叶
Qty: 7.5 grams
Chan: LIV, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Latin: Folium Mori Albae
Cat: Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Ju Hua (Flos Chrysanthemi Morifolii)
Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum Flower) 菊花
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: LIV, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin: Flos Chrysanthemi Morifolii
Cat: Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Lian Qiao (Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae)
Lian Qiao (Forsythia Fruit) 连翘
Qty: 4.5 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, GB
Prop: Bitter, Slightly Spicy, Cool
Latin: Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Eliminate Toxins
Bo He (Herba Menthae Haplocalycis)
Bo He (Field Mint, Mentha) 薄荷
Qty: 2.4 grams
Chan: LU, LIV
Prop: Spicy, Aromatic, Cool
Latin: Herba Menthae Haplocalycis
Cat: Cool, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Jie Geng (Platycodi Radix)
Jie Geng (Root of the Balloon Flower) 桔梗
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LU (ST)
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Neutral
Latin: Platycodi Radix
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Xing Ren (Semen Pruni Armeniacae)
Xing Ren (Apricot Seed or Kernel) 杏仁
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LI, LU
Prop: Bitter, Slightly Warm, Slightly Toxic
Latin: Semen Pruni Armeniacae
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
Lu Gen (Rhizoma Phragmitis Communis)
Lu Gen (Reed Rhizome) 芦根
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LU, ST
Prop: Sweet, Cold
Latin: Rhizoma Phragmitis Communis
Cat: Herbs that Drain Fire
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 2.4 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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