Wu Zhu Yu Tang (Evodia Decoction)
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Wu Zhu Yu Tang (Evodia Decoction)

Formula 7 of 10 in Formulas that Warm Interior Cold

Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Warm the Channels and Disperse Cold

Pattern:

  • Middle Jiao Cold (ST) from deficiency with Liver or Kidney Channel Cold

Actions:

  • Tonifies and warms the Liver and Stomach
  • Descends rebellious Stomach Qi and stops vomiting.

Indications:

  • Stomach Cold with rebellious Qi: Immediate nausea and vomiting after eating, acid reflux, abdominal or epigastric pain or fullness, and gnawing hunger
  • Jue Yin Channel Cold (Liver): Vertex headache, dry heaves, or spitting of clear fluids.
  • Shao Yin Channel Cold (Kidney): Watery diarrhea and vomiting with cold hands and feet. Severe mental agitation.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Pale with a white slippery coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry slow pulse
  • Weak pulse

Western Uses:

  • Acute and Chronic Gastritis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Morning Sickness
  • Neurogenic Headache
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of acid regurgitation or vomiting due to heat
  • In cases of severe vomiting, this formula should be taken at room temperature to help prevent vomiting of the formula.
  • Possible side effects of this formula include dizziness, headache, and chest discomfort.
  • This formula contains one or more toxic substances.
    While some Chinese herbs are toxic, many come prepared, or are combined, to mitigate their toxicity.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Modern dosage is usually decreased to protect the middle burner.
  • Dang Shen can be substituted for Ren Shen with 2-3 times the dosage, and Da Zao is usually decreased to 4 pieces.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Stomach, Spleen, Kidneys, Liver, Lungs

There are 4 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Wu Zhu Yu (Qty: 9-12 grams)

Hot Wu Zhu Yu (Fructus Evodiae Rutaecarpae)
Channels:
KI, LIV, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Bitter, Hot, Slightly Toxic, Very Dry
Latin:
Fructus Evodiae Rutaecarpae
Chinese:
吴茱萸
Tone Marks:
wú zhū yú

Sheng Jiang (Qty: 18 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

Ren Shen (Qty: 9 grams)

Slightly Warm Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
Channels:
LU, SP
Properties:
Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Warm
Latin:
Radix Ginseng
Chinese:
人参
Tone Marks:
rén shēn
Translation:
Man root

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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