Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang (Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum, and Licorice Decoction)

Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang (Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum, and Licorice Decoction)

Formula 15 of 30 in Formulas that Clear Heat

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Clear Heat from the Qi Level

Pattern:

  • Heat trapped in the Lungs, with or without an external Wind-Heat condition

Actions:

  • Releases the exterior, and clears Wind Heat
  • Clears heat from the Lungs.
  • Circulates the Lung Qi and stops wheezing by directing rebellious Lung Qi down.

Indications:

  • Fever with or without sweating
  • Coughing, wheezing, or asthma with difficult or labored breathing.
  • Flaring and pain of the nostrils.
  • Thirst with dry throat.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tip with a thin yellow or white tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid, slippery, and floating when presenting with external conditions

Western Uses:

  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Lobar Pneumonia
  • Bronchial Pneumonia
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Pneumonitis from Measles
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Diphtheria

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases of wheezing or asthma due to Wind Cold invasion

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Modern Dosage is usually 50% less than listed.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Notes:

  • Especially useful in children.

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Bladder, Stomach, Large Intestine

There are 4 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Ma Huang (Ephedra Stem)
Quantity = 12 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
Shi Gao (Gypsum)
Quantity = 48 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
Xing Ren (Apricot Seed or Kernel)
Quantity = 18 grams (50 pieces)
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 (Honey Fried Licorice Root)
Quantity = 6 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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