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Xiao Xu Ming Tang (Minor Prolong Life Decoction)


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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Release Wind from the Skin and Channels

Pattern:

  • Wind Invasion causing Wind Stroke

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Pale tongue with a thin white coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Deficient floating pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of Wind Stroke caused by internal Wind.
  • Do not use if there is hot painful obstruction.
  • 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. Decoct Fu Zi for 30-60 minutes before adding the other substances.
  • Double or triple the dosage of Dang Shen is commonly substituted for Ren Shen

Originally Appeared In:

  • Thousand Ducat Formulas (Qian Jin Yao Fang)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Bladder, Pericardium, Gall Bladder, Liver, Spleen, Kidneys, Large Intestine, Stomach, Heart

Substances in this Formula (12 Total):


Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)
Ma Huang (Ephedra Stem) 麻黄
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Slightly Bitter, Warm
Latin: Herba Ephedrae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong)
Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage Root) 川芎
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: LIV, GB, PER
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
Guang Fang Ji (Radix Aristolochiae Fangchi)
Guang Fang Ji (Aristolochia Root, Stephania) 广防己
Qty: 6-12 grams
Chan: BL, SP, KI
Prop: Bitter, Spicy, Cold, Toxic
Latin: Radix Aristolochiae Fangchi
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Xing Ren (Semen Pruni Armeniacae)
Xing Ren (Apricot Seed or Kernel) 杏仁
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: LI, LU
Prop: Bitter, Slightly Warm, Slightly Toxic
Latin: Semen Pruni Armeniacae
Cat: Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
Fang Feng (Radix Ledebouriellae Divaricatae)
Fang Feng (Ledebouriella Root) 防风
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: BL, LIV, SP
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Slightly Warm
Latin: Radix Ledebouriellae Divaricatae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome) 生姜
Qty: 9-12 pieces
Chan: LU, SP, ST
Prop: Spicy, Warm
Latin: uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
Ren Shen (Ginseng Root) 人参
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: LU, SP
Prop: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Warm
Latin: Radix Ginseng
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi
Fu Zi (Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli)
Fu Zi (Processed Aconite) 附子
Qty: 3-9 grams
Chan: HT, KI, SP
Prop: Spicy, Hot, Toxic
Latin: Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli
Cat: Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Rou Gui (Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Rou Gui (Inner Bark of Saigon Cinnamon) 肉桂
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: HT, KI, LIV, SP
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Hot
Latin: Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae
Cat: Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root) 白芍
Qty: 6-12 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin: Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root) 黄芩
Qty: 4.5-9 grams
Chan: GB, LI, LU, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Gan Cao (Licorice Root) 甘草
Qty: 3-6 grams
Chan: All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Radix Glycyrrhizae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Qi

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