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Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang (Perilla Fruit Decoction for Directing Qi Downward)

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  • Formulas that Promote the Movement of Qi


  • Phlegm Cold congesting the Lungs and the Kidneys not grasping the Qi (Excess above, Deficiency below)


  • Descends rebellious Lung Qi to arrest wheezing and stop cough
  • Warms and Transforms Phlegm-Cold.


  • Wheezing, coughing with copious and watery sputum, dyspnea, shortness of breath with easy exhalation and difficult inhalation, a feeling of fullness or oppression in the chest, edema of the extremities, fatigue, possible weakness, aching, or pain in the lower back, legs, or knees

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Slightly pale body with a slippery or greasy white tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Slippery and weak pulse

Western Uses:

  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Pulmonary Emphysema

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases where there is no external pathogenic influences, or where cough and wheezing are due to Lung 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.

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, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Liver, Kidneys

Substances in this Formula (11 Total):

Zi Su Zi (Fructus Perillae Frutescentis)
Zi Su Zi (Purple Perilla Fruit, Perilla Seed) 紫苏子
Qty: 9-12 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: 6-9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Latin: Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) 当归
Qty: 6-9 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, SP
Prop: Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Warm
Latin: Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 3-4.5 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis)
Hou Po (Magnolia Bark) 厚朴
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: LI, LU, SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis
Cat: Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
Qian Hu (Radix Peucedani)
Qian Hu (Hogfennel Root) 前胡
Qty: 6-9 grams
Chan: LU
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Cold
Latin: Radix Peucedani
Cat: Herbs that Cool and Transform Phlegm-Heat
Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Rou Gui (Inner Bark of Saigon Cinnamon) 肉桂
Qty: 1.5-3 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LIV, SP
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Hot
Latin: Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae
Cat: Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) 生姜
Qty: 2 Slices
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)
Da Zao (Date, Jujube) 大枣
Qty: 3 pieces
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Zi Su Ye (Perillae Folium)
Zi Su Ye (Perilla Leaf) 紫苏叶
Qty: 5 Leaves
Chan: LU, SP
Prop: Spicy, Aromatic, Warm
Latin: Perillae Folium
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)
Chen Pi (Orange Peel, Citrus Peel, Tangerine Peel) 陈皮
Qty: 6-9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
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