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Tao He Cheng Qi Tang (Peach Pit Decoction to Order the Qi)

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  • Formulas that Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis


  • Breaks Blood stagnation and drains heat


  • Blood stagnation in the Lower Jiao with heat: Acute lower abdominal pain, constipation, irritability, restlessness, night fevers, and thirst Amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea, and in severe cases mania or delirium.
  • Blood stagnation with heat: Severe pain caused by traumatic injury, toothache, headache and red eyes, nosebleeds or coughing of blood, and constipation.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Purple tongue with yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Deep, forceful, and choppy pulse

Western Uses:

  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Amenorrhea
  • Acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Retention of Lochia
  • Intestinal Obstruction

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • As this formula moves blood and is a strong purgative, do not use during pregnancy, or in cases with diarrhea
  • If an exterior condition is present, release it before using this formula.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Wine treated Da Huang can be used to enhance the Blood invigorating properties of the formula.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Large Intestine, Stomach

Substances in this Formula (5 Total):

Tao Ren (Semen Pruni Persicae)
Tao Ren (Peach Kernel) 桃仁
Qty: 12-15 grams
Chan: HT, LI, LIV, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Semen Pruni Persicae
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Da Huang (Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei)
Da Huang (Rhubarb Root and Rhizome) 大簧
Qty: 12 grams
Chan: HT, LI, LIV, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei
Cat: Purgatives
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig, Cassia Twig) 桂枝
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: HT, LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)
Mang Xiao (Sodium Sulfate, Mirabilite, Glauber's Salt) 芒硝
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: ST, LI.
Prop: Salty, Bitter, Very Cold
Latin: Natrii Sulfas
Cat: Purgatives
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) 炙甘草
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: All 12 Channels
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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