Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin (Gastrodia and Uncaria Decoction)

Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin (Gastrodia and Uncaria Decoction)

Formula 10 of 13 in Formulas that Expel Wind

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Release Wind from the Skin and Channels

Pattern:

  • Rising Liver Yang with Liver Wind

Actions:

  • Sedates the Yang, calms the Liver, and extinguishes internal wind
  • Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys, invigorates the Blood, and clears heat.

Indications:

  • Headache, tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo, blurry vision, a sensation of heat rising to the head, insomnia, nightmares, possible numbness, tingling, twitching, or spasms in the extremities

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red tongue body with a possible yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry and possibly rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Hypertension
  • Puerperal Eclampsia
  • Hemiplegia
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases where internal wind is due to deficiency

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Cook Shi Jue Ming before adding the remaining ingredients. Gou Teng should be added towards the end of the decoction.

Originally Appeared In:

  • New Significance of Patterns and Treatment in Miscellaneous Diseases (Za Bing Zheng Zhi Xin Yi)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

There are 11 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Tian Ma (Gastrodia Rhizome)
Quantity = 9 grams
Neutral Tian Ma (Rhizoma Gastrodiae)
Channels:
LIV
Properties:
Sweet, Neutral
Latin:
Rhizoma Gastrodiae
Chinese:
天麻
Tone Marks:
tiān má
Translation:
Heavenly Hemp
Gou Teng (Gambir Vine Stems and Thorns)
Quantity = 12-15 grams
Cool Gou Teng (Ramulus Uncariae Cum Uncis)
Channels:
HT, LIV
Properties:
Sweet, Cool
Latin:
Ramulus Uncariae Cum Uncis
Chinese:
钩藤
Tone Marks:
gōu téng
Translation:
Hook Vine
Shi Jue Ming (Abalone Shell)
Quantity = 18-24 grams
Cold Shi Jue Ming (Concha Haliotidis)
Channels:
KI, LIV
Properties:
Salty, Cold
Latin:
Concha Haliotidis
Chinese:
石决明
Tone Marks:
shí jué míng
Translation:
Stone Sense Brightness
Zhi Zi (Gardenia, Cape Jasmine Fruit)
Quantity = 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
Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root)
Quantity = 9 grams
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
Yi Mu Cao (Chinese Motherwort)
Quantity = 9-12 grams
Slightly Cold Yi Mu Cao (Herba Leonuri Heterophylli)
Channels:
HT, LIV, BL, PER
Properties:
Spicy, Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Herba Leonuri Heterophylli
Chinese:
益母草
Tone Marks:
yì mŭ căo
Translation:
Benefit Mother Herb
Chuan Niu Xi (Cyathula Root)
Quantity = 12 grams
Neutral Chuan Niu Xi (Radix Cyathula Officinalis)
Channels:
LIV, KI
Properties:
Bitter, Sour, Neutral
Latin:
Radix Cyathula Officinalis
Chinese:
川牛膝
Tone Marks:
chuān niú xī
Alt Names:
Niu Xi
Translation:
Ox Knee From Sichuan
Du Zhong (Eucommia Bark)
Quantity = 9-12 grams
Warm Du Zhong (Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis)
Channels:
KI, LIV
Properties:
Sweet, Slightly Spicy, Warm
Latin:
Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis
Chinese:
杜仲
Tone Marks:
dù zhòng
Sang Ji Sheng (Mulberry Mistletoe Stems)
Quantity = 9-24 grams
Neutral Sang Ji Sheng (Ramulus Loranthi Seu Visci)
Channels:
KI, LIV
Properties:
Bitter, Neutral
Latin:
Ramulus Loranthi Seu Visci
Chinese:
桑寄生
Tone Marks:
sāng jì shēng
Translation:
Mulberry Parasite
Ye Jiao Teng (Fleeceflower Vine, Polygonum Vine)
Quantity = 9-30 grams
Neutral Ye Jiao Teng (Polygoni Multiflori Caulis)
Channels:
HT, LIV
Properties:
Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Neutral
Latin:
Polygoni Multiflori Caulis
Chinese:
夜交藤
Tone Marks:
yè jiāo téng
Alt Names:
Shou Wu Teng
Translation:
Vine to Pass Though the Night
Fu Shen (Poria Spirit)
Quantity = 9-15 grams
Neutral Fu Shen (Scierotium Pararadicis Poriae Cocos)
Channels:
HT, SP, LU
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin:
Scierotium Pararadicis Poriae Cocos
Chinese:
茯神
Tone Marks:
fú shén

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