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Wen Dan Tang (Warm the Gallbladder Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Dry Dampness and Expel Phlegm


  • Clears Gallbladder heat, regulates Qi, reduces phlegm, and regulates the stomach


  • Nausea and vomiting, bitter taste, sour regurgitation, dizziness, vertigo, anxiety, palpitations, insomnia, slight thirst, and gnawing hunger
  • Seizures with copious sputum and focal distension in the chest.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red with a greasy yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid and slippery pulse
  • Rapid wiry pulse

Western Uses:

  • Chronic Tracheitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Pulmonary Emphysema
  • Insomnia
  • Timidity

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases where insomnia or palpitations are due to Blood deficiency, or in dizziness due to Yin deficiency
  • 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. Da Zao is only sometimes added.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Golden Mirror of the Medical Tradition (Yi Zong Jin Jian)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (8 Total):

Zhu Ru (Bambusae Caulis In Taeniam)
Zhu Ru (Bamboo Shavings) 竹茹
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: GB, LU, ST
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Cold
Latin: Bambusae Caulis In Taeniam
Cat: Herbs that Cool and Transform Phlegm-Heat
Zhi Shi (Fructus Immaturus Citri Aurantii)
Zhi Shi (Immature Fruit of the Bitter Orange) 枳实
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LI, SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Cold
Latin: Fructus Immaturus Citri Aurantii
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae)
Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) 半夏
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Latin: Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)
Chen Pi (Orange Peel, Citrus Peel, Tangerine Peel) 陈皮
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 4.5 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) 生姜
Qty: 3-6 grams
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: 3-5 pieces
Chan: SP, ST
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
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