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Zhu Ling Tang (Polyporus Decoction)

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  • Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness


  • Water Accumulation with interior heat


  • Promotes urination, drains dampness, and clears heat
  • Nourishes Yin and Fluids.


  • Urinary difficulty with fever, thirst, and a desire to drink fluids, irritability, and insomnia
  • Other possible symptoms may include nausea, diarrhea, cough, painful and bloody urination with pain and abdominal fullness.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red with a dry yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Thin and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Nephritis
  • Dysuria
  • Hemorrhagic Shock

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases with thirst from excess heat in the Yang Ming stage

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Add E Jiao to the final strained decoction. Modern formulations usually increase the dosage 2-3 times the amounts listed.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

Substances in this Formula (5 Total):

Zhu Ling (Sclerotium Polypori Umbellati)
Zhu Ling (Polyporus Sclerotium) 猪苓
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: SP, KI, BL
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Cool (or Neutral)
Latin: Sclerotium Polypori Umbellati
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis)
Ze Xie (Water Plantain Rhizome, Alisma) 泽泻
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: KI, BL
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin: Rhizoma Alismatis
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Hua Shi (Talcum)
Hua Shi (Talcum) 滑石
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: ST, BL
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin: Talcum
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
E Jiao (Gelatinum Corii Asini)
E Jiao (Ass Hide Glue, Donkey Hide Gelatin) 阿胶
Qty: 3 grams
Chan: KID, LIV, LU
Prop: Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Gelatinum Corii Asini
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood

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