Xiao Chai Hu Tang (Minor Bupleurum Decoction)

Xiao Chai Hu Tang (Minor Bupleurum Decoction)

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Harmonize Lesser Yang-stage Disorders

Pattern:

  • Shao-Yang Stage Disorders

Actions:

  • Harmonizes Shao Yang Stage disorders
  • Harmonizes and Tonifies the Middle Jiao.

Indications:

  • Alternating chills and fever, dry mouth and throat, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, dizziness, fullness and discomfort in the hypochondria and chest, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and heartburn

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Normal with a thin white coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Wiry pulse

Western Uses:

  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Influenza
  • Bronchitis
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis
  • Epidemic Parotitis
  • Malaria
  • Cholecystitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Jaundice
  • Amenorrhea
  • Post Partum Fever
  • Lymphadenitis
  • Intercostal Neuralgia

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • The ascending nature of this formula can injure Qi, possibly causing dizziness, headache, or gum bleeding if taken for a long period of time
  • Do not use in cases where there is excess above and deficiency below.
  • Do not use in cases of Liver fire, Liver yang rising, and hypertension.
  • Do not use in cases of Yin deficiency with vomiting of blood.
  • Possible side effects of this formula include chills, fever, and sweating.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. 2-3 Times the amount of Dang Shen can be substituted for Ren Shen. Chai Hu and Ban Xia are often reduced to 12 Grams, Zhi Gan Cao is often reduced to 6 Grams, and Da Zao to 4 Pieces.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

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

There are 7 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Chai Hu (Thorowax Root , Bupleurum)
Quantity = 24 grams
Cool Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)
Channels:
GB, LIV, PER, TB
Properties:
Bitter, Spicy, Cool
Latin:
Radix Bupleuri
Chinese:
柴胡
Tone Marks:
chái hú
Translation:
Kindling of the Barbarians
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
Ban Xia (Pinellia Rhizome)
Quantity = 24 grams
Warm Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae)
Photo Note:
Sheng Ban Xia Shown
Channels:
LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Warm, Toxic
Latin:
Rhizoma Pinelliae Tematae
Chinese:
半夏
Tone Marks:
bàn xià
Translation:
Half Summer
Sheng Jiang (Fresh Ginger Rhizome)
Quantity = 9 grams
Warm Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Channels:
LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Warm
Latin:
uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Chinese:
生姜
Tone Marks:
shēng jiāng
Ren Shen (Ginseng Root)
Quantity = 9 grams
Slightly Warm Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng)
Channels:
LU, SP
Properties:
Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Warm
Latin:
Radix Ginseng
Chinese:
人参
Tone Marks:
rén shēn
Translation:
Man root
Zhi Gan Cao (Honey Fried Licorice Root)
Quantity = 9 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
Da Zao (Date, Jujube)
Quantity = 12 pieces
Warm Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)
Channels:
SP, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Chinese:
大枣
Tone Marks:
dà zăo
Alt Names:
Hong Zao, Hei Da Zao, Hei Zao
Translation:
Big Date

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