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Xiao Qing Long Tang (Minor Bluegreen Dragon Decoction)


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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Release Early-Stage Exterior Disorders

Pattern:

  • Wind-Cold Invasion with congested Phlegm/Fluids in the Lungs

Actions:

  • Promotes sweating, releases the exterior, and disperses wind cold.
  • Circulates and warms the Lung Qi.
  • Resolves phlegm and dries dampness.

Indications:

  • Chills and fever, no sweating, coughing and wheezing, difficult expectoration of stringy white and copious sputum, body aches, loose stool, chest oppression, no thirst, nausea, and possible floating edema

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Greasy coat
  • Moist tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Floating and Tight pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Not for dry cough, cough with no sputum, cough with yellow and sticky sputum, or cough with blood
  • Not for long term use.
  • 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).

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Bladder, Heart, Stomach, Spleen, Kidneys, Liver

Substances in this Formula (8 Total):


Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)
Ma Huang (Ephedra Stem) 麻黄
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Slightly Bitter, Warm
Latin: Herba Ephedrae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig, Cassia Twig) 桂枝
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Gan Jiang (dry Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Gan Jiang (Dried Ginger Rhizome) 干姜
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Hot
Latin: dry Rhizoma Zingiberis
Cat: Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Xi Xin (Herba Asari Cum Radice)
Xi Xin (Chinese Wild Ginger, Asarum) 细辛
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, KI
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Herba Asari Cum Radice
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Wu Wei Zi (Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis)
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Fruit) 五味子
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LU
Prop: Sour, Warm
Latin: Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis
Cat: Herbs that Astringe, Stabilize, Bind
Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root) 白芍
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin: Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae)
Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome) 半夏
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Latin: Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Cat: Warm Herbs that Transform Phlegm-Cold
Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root) 炙甘草
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: All 12 Channels
Prop: Sweet, Warm
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi

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