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Xiao Cheng Qi Tang (Minor Order the Qi Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Purge Heat Accumulation


  • Mild Heat in the Yang-Ming (Organ Syndrome)


  • Clear Stomach and Intestinal Heat
  • Moderately purges heat accumulation and moves the Qi.


  • Afternoon tidal fever, abdominal and focal distension, abdominal pain that does not increase with pressure, constipation or diarrhea, sweating, irritability or delirium, tenesmus

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Dry, dirty, or old looking yellow tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid and slippery pulse

Western Uses:

  • Early Stage Dysenteric Disorders
  • Acute Simple Intestinal Obstruction
  • Acute Cholecystitis
  • Acute Appendicitis
  • Constipation

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use if external pathogens have not been released
  • Use cautiously in patients with a weak constitution.
  • Do not use during pregnancy.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Decoct with 4 cups of water. Boil down to 2 cups and divide into two doses.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

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
Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis)
Hou Po (Magnolia Bark) 厚朴
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: LI, LU, SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Latin: Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis
Cat: Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
Zhi Shi (Fructus Immaturus Citri Aurantii)
Zhi Shi (Immature Fruit of the Bitter Orange) 枳实
Qty: 3 pieces (6-9 grams)
Chan: LI, SP, ST
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Cold
Latin: Fructus Immaturus Citri Aurantii
Cat: Herbs that Regulate the Qi

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