Ma Huang Tang (Ephedra Decoction)
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Ma Huang Tang (Ephedra Decoction)

Formula 8 of 25 in Formulas that Release the Exterior

Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Release Early-Stage Exterior Disorders

Pattern:

  • Exterior Wind-Cold Excess

Actions:

  • Promotes sweating, releases the exterior, and disperses wind cold

Indications:

  • Excess Wind Cold condition
  • Chills and fever, no sweating, body aches, headache, wheezing, runny nose with clear discharge.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Thin white tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Floating and tight pulse

Western Uses:

  • Common Cold
  • Asthma
  • Cough

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Used only in exterior excess Wind Cold, and it's use is ceased once sweating occurs
  • Not for exterior deficient Wind Cold patterns.
  • Not for exterior Wind Heat patterns.
  • Not for patients that are prone to bleeding.
  • Use caution in patients with Hypertension.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Notes:

  • This formula is best used when there is NO sweating with an exterior cold condition.

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Bladder, Heart, Large Intestine

There are 4 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Ma Huang (Qty: 9 grams)

Warm Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae)
Channels:
LU, BL
Properties:
Spicy, Slightly Bitter, Warm
Latin:
Herba Ephedrae
Chinese:
麻黄
Tone Marks:
má huáng
Translation:
Hemp Yellow

Gui Zhi (Qty: 6 grams)

Warm Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Channels:
HT, LU, BL
Properties:
Spicy, Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Chinese:
桂枝
Tone Marks:
guì zhī

Xing Ren (Qty: 9-12 grams)

Slightly Warm Xing Ren (Semen Pruni Armeniacae)
Channels:
LI, LU
Properties:
Bitter, Slightly Warm, Slightly Toxic
Latin:
Semen Pruni Armeniacae
Chinese:
杏仁
Tone Marks:
xìng rén
Alt Names:
Ku Xing Ren

Zhi Gan Cao (Qty: 3 grams)

Warm Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Channels:
All 12 Channels
Properties:
Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Radix Glycyrrhizae
Chinese:
炙甘草
Tone Marks:
zhì gān căo

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