Bai Hu Tang (White Tiger Decoction)

Bai Hu Tang (White Tiger Decoction)

Formula 1 of 30 in Formulas that Clear Heat

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Clear Heat from the Qi Level

Pattern:

  • 6 Stages: Yang Ming Channel Heat
  • 4 Levels: Qi Level Heat

Actions:

  • Clear Yang-Ming and Qi Level excess heat
  • Generates fluids and stops thirst.
  • Drains Stomach fire.

Indications:

  • High fever, excess thirst, profuse sweating, irritability, dry mouth, and aversion to heat

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Dry tongue

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Forceful
  • Slippery and Rapid Pulse

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of Stomach and Spleen deficiency with symptoms such as spontaneous sweating, fever, aversion to wind, fatigue, and a floating deficient pulse
  • Do not use in cases of true cold and false heat.
  • Do not use in exterior conditions.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Cook until rice is done and ingest liquid.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Notes:

  • This formula is often described as treatng the "4 Bigs", which are big fever, big thirst, big sweat, big pulse.

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Stomach, Kidneys, Spleen

There are 4 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

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Quantity = 30 grams
Cold Shi Gao (Gypsum Fibrosum)
Channels:
LU, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Spicy, Very Cold
Latin:
Gypsum Fibrosum
Chinese:
石膏
Tone Marks:
shí gāo
Translation:
Stone Paste
Zhi Mu (Anemarrhena Rhizome)
Quantity = 9 grams
Cold Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Aspheloidis)
Channels:
LU, ST, KI
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Aspheloidis
Chinese:
知母
Tone Marks:
zhī mŭ
Translation:
Know About Mother
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root)
Quantity = 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
Geng Mi (Rice)
Quantity = 9-15 grams
Cool Geng Mi (Oryzae Semen)
Channels:
SP, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Cool
Latin:
Oryzae Semen

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