Da Chai Hu Tang (Major Bupleurum Decoction)
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Da Chai Hu Tang (Major Bupleurum Decoction)

Formula 3 of 8 in Formulas that Harmonize

Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Harmonize Lesser Yang-stage Disorders

Pattern:

  • Simultaneous Yang-Ming and Shao-Yang Disorder

Actions:

  • Harmonizes the Shao-Yang, clears heat, and purges accumulation

Indications:

  • Alternating fever and chills, fullness or oppression in the chest and hypochondrium, bitter taste in the mouth, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, low appetite

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Yellow tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry, rapid, and forceful pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Use cautiously in patients with a weak constitution.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. In modern preparation, the dosage of Chai Hu and Ban Xia is often reduced to 12-15 Grams. Sheng Jiang is often reduced to 6-9 Grams, and Da Zao to 4 Pieces.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

There are 8 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Chai Hu (Qty: 24 grams)

Cool Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)
Channels:
GB, LIV, PER, TB
Properties:
Bitter, Spicy, Cool
Latin:
Radix Bupleuri
Chinese:
柴胡
Tone Marks:
chái hú
Translation:
Kindling of the Barbarians

Huang Qin (Qty: 9 grams)

Cold Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
Channels:
GB, LI, LU, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Chinese:
黄芩
Tone Marks:
huáng qín

Zhi Shi (Qty: 6-9 grams)

Slightly Cold Zhi Shi (Fructus Immaturus Citri Aurantii)
Channels:
LI, SP, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Fructus Immaturus Citri Aurantii
Chinese:
枳实
Tone Marks:
zhĭ shí

Da Huang (Qty: 6 grams)

Cold Da Huang (Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei)
Channels:
HT, LI, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei
Chinese:
大簧
Tone Marks:
dà huáng
Translation:
Big Yellow

Bai Shao (Qty: 9 grams)

Cool Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Channels:
LIV, SP
Properties:
Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin:
Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Chinese:
白芍
Tone Marks:
bái sháo
Alt Names:
Bai Shao Yao
Translation:
White Peony

Ban Xia (Qty: 24 grams)

Warm Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae)
Sheng Ban Xia Shown
Channels:
LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Latin:
Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Chinese:
半夏
Tone Marks:
bàn xià
Translation:
Half Summer

Sheng Jiang (Qty: 15 grams)

Warm Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Channels:
LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Warm
Latin:
uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Chinese:
生姜
Tone Marks:
shēng jiāng

Da Zao (Qty: 12 pieces)

Warm Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)
Channels:
SP, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Chinese:
大枣
Tone Marks:
dà zăo
Alt Names:
Hong Zao, Hei Da Zao, Hei Zao
Translation:
Big Date

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