Ba Zheng San (Eight Herb Powder for Rectification)

Ba Zheng San (Eight Herb Powder for Rectification)

Formula 14 of 23 in Formulas that Expel Dampness

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness

Pattern:

  • Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao (UB)

Actions:

  • Clears heat and drains damp in the lower burner
  • Promotes urination.
  • Unlocks painful urination.

Indications:

  • Burning, painful, dark, bloody, scanty, turbid, and difficult urination
  • Distension, pain, and bloating in the lower abdomen.
  • Dry mouth and throat, thirst, and a bitter taste in the mouth.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red with a greasy yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Slippery and Rapid Pulse, possibly Forceful

Western Uses:

  • Acute urinary tract infection
  • Urolithiasis (Bladder Stones)
  • Cystitis
  • Urethritis
  • Acute Prostatitis
  • Urinary tract stones
  • Acute Nephritis
  • Acute Pyelonephritis

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Log term use can cause weakness, palpitations, dizziness, and loss of appetite
  • Use with caution in weak patients or cold from deficiency.
  • Do not use without modification during pregnancy.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Imperial Grace Formulary of the Tai Ping Era (Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder, Stomach, Lungs, Kidneys, Liver, Large Intestine, Spleen

There are 9 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Chuan Mu Tong (Clematis)
Quantity = 3-6 grams
Cold Chuan Mu Tong (Caulis Clematidis Armandii)
Channels:
BL, HT, SI
Properties:
Bitter, Cold, Bland
Latin:
Caulis Clematidis Armandii
Chinese:
川木通
Tone Marks:
chuān mù tōng
Alt Names:
Mu Tong
Translation:
Open Ended/Pipe Wood from Sichuan
Hua Shi (Talcum)
Quantity = 12-30 grams
Cold Hua Shi (Talcum)
Channels:
ST, BL
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin:
Talcum
Chinese:
滑石
Tone Marks:
huá shí
Translation:
Slippery Rock
Che Qian Zi (Plantago Seed, Plantain Seed)
Quantity = 9-15 grams
Cold Che Qian Zi (Semen Plantaginis)
Channels:
KI, BL, LIV, LU
Properties:
Sweet, Cold
Latin:
Semen Plantaginis
Chinese:
车前子
Tone Marks:
chē qián zĭ
Alt Names:
Che Qian Ren
Translation:
Before the Cart Seeds, Seed in Front of the Cart
Qu Mai (Aerial Parts of Fringed Pink or Chinese Pink Dianthus)
Quantity = 6-12 grams
Cold Qu Mai (Herba Dianthi)
Channels:
BL, HT, SI
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Herba Dianthi
Chinese:
瞿麦
Tone Marks:
qú mài
Alt Names:
Shi Zhu Cao
Bian Xu (Knotweed, Polygonum)
Quantity = 6-12 grams
Slightly Cold Bian Xu (Herba Polygoni Avicularis)
Channels:
BL
Properties:
Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Herba Polygoni Avicularis
Chinese:
扁蓄
Tone Marks:
biăn xù
Alt Names:
Bian Xu Cao
Zhi Zi (Gardenia, Cape Jasmine Fruit)
Quantity = 3-9 grams
Cold Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis)
Channels:
HT, LIV, LU, ST, TB
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis
Chinese:
栀子
Tone Marks:
zhī zi
Jiu Da Huang (Wine Treated Rhubarb Root, Rhizome - Raw Herb Shown)
Quantity = 6-9 grams
Cold Jiu Da Huang (Wine Treated Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei)
Channels:
HT, LI, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Wine Treated Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei
Chinese:
酒大黄
Tone Marks:
jiŭ dà huáng
Alt Names:
Jiu Xi Da Huang, Jiu Da Jun
Deng Xin Cao (Rush Pith, Juncus)
Quantity = 3-6 grams
Slightly Cold Deng Xin Cao (Medulla Junci Effusi)
Channels:
HT, LU, SI
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Medulla Junci Effusi
Chinese:
灯心草
Tone Marks:
dēng xīn căo
Alt Names:
Deng Cao, Deng Xin
Translation:
Lamp Wick Herb
Gan Cao (Licorice Root)
Quantity = 3-9 grams
Neutral Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Channels:
All 12 (Primarily the LU, HT, SP, ST)
Properties:
Sweet, Neutral
Latin:
Radix Glycyrrhizae
Chinese:
甘草
Tone Marks:
gān căo
Alt Names:
Guo Lao
Translation:
Sweet Herb, Sweet Grass

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