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Tiao Wei Cheng Qi Tang (Regulate the Stomach and Order the Qi Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Purge Heat Accumulation


  • Mild Yang Ming Organ Heat


  • Mildly purges formed heat accumulation


  • Constipation and irritability with no abdominal fullness or focal distention
  • Also for epistaxis, swollen or bleeding gums, swollen throat, and petechiae due to Stomach heat.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tongue with a yellow tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Slippery and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Acute Simple Intestinal Obstruction
  • Acute Cholecystitis
  • Acute Appendicitis
  • Constipation

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use long term
  • Use only in cases where there is constipation
  • Do not use in cases where exterior pathogens have not been completely eliminated
  • Use cautiously in weak patients.
  • Do not use during pregnancy.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Add Mang Xiao to the final strained decoction of Da Huang and Gan Cao

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)


  • While there is no abdominal fullness or focal distention, there may be abdominal pain that is exacerbated with plapation.

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Large Intestine, Stomach

Substances in this Formula (3 Total):

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
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Mang Xiao (Natrii Sulfas)
Mang Xiao (Sodium Sulfate, Mirabilite, Glauber's Salt) 芒硝
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: ST, LI.
Prop: Salty, Bitter, Very Cold
Latin: Natrii Sulfas
Cat: Purgatives

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