Huang Lian Jie Du Tang (Coptis Decoction to Relieve Toxicity)

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Huang Lian Jie Du Tang (Coptis Decoction to Relieve Toxicity)

Formula 12 of 30 in Formulas that Clear Heat

Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Clear Heat from the Qi Level

Pattern:

  • Fire toxins in all three Jiao

Actions:

  • Drains fire and clears toxicity

Indications:

  • High fever, irritability, dry mouth and throat, insomnia
  • Hematemesis, epistaxis, or spitting of blood.
  • Toxic swellings such as carbuncles, furuncles, other suppurative sores, and deep-rooted boils.
  • Damp Heat Jaundice.
  • Damp Heat Dysentery.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red and dry with a yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid and forceful pulse

Western Uses:

  • Septicemia
  • Dysentery
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute Urinary Tract Infection
  • Purulent Skin Lesions (Furuncles, Carbuncles, and Boils)

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Use only in cases where the patient has a strong constitution
  • Do not use in cases where there is fluid or Yin deficiency.
  • Do not use over a long period of time.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Modern dosage of Huang Lian is usually 50-75% less than the dosage indicated.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Arcane Essentials from the Imperial Library (Wai Tai Bi Yao)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Large Intestine, Stomach, Heart, Liver, Lungs, Gall Bladder, Kidneys

There are 4 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

9 grams of Huang Lian (Coptis Rhizome)

Cold Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis)
Channels:
HT, LI, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Rhizoma Coptidis
Chinese:
黄连
Tone Marks:
huáng lián
Translation:
Yellow Links

6 grams of Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root)

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

6 grams of Huang Bai (Phellodendron or Amur Cork tree Bark)

Cold Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri)
Channels:
KI, BL
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Cortex Phellodendri
Chinese:
黄柏
Tone Marks:
huáng băi
Translation:
Yellow Fir

6-12 grams of Zhi Zi (Gardenia, Cape Jasmine Fruit)

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

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