Xiao Cheng Qi Tang (Minor Order the Qi Decoction)

Xiao Cheng Qi Tang (Minor Order the Qi Decoction)

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Purge Heat Accumulation

Pattern:

  • Mild Heat in the Yang-Ming (Organ Syndrome)

Actions:

  • Clear Stomach and Intestinal Heat
  • Moderately purges heat accumulation and moves the Qi.

Indications:

  • Afternoon tidal fever, abdominal and focal distension, abdominal pain that does not increase with pressure, constipation or diarrhea, sweating, irritability or delirium, tenesmus

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Dry, dirty, or old looking yellow tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid and slippery pulse

Western Uses:

  • Early Stage Dysenteric Disorders
  • Acute Simple Intestinal Obstruction
  • Acute Cholecystitis
  • Acute Appendicitis
  • Constipation

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use if external pathogens have not been released
  • Use cautiously in patients with a weak constitution.
  • Do not use during pregnancy.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Decoct with 4 cups of water. Boil down to 2 cups and divide into two doses.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Large Intestine, Stomach, Heart, Liver, Lungs, Spleen

There are 3 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Da Huang (Rhubarb Root and Rhizome)
Quantity = 12 grams
Cold Da Huang (Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei)
Channels:
HT, LI, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Et Rhizoma Rhei
Chinese:
大簧
Tone Marks:
dà huáng
Translation:
Big Yellow
Hou Po (Magnolia Bark)
Quantity = 6 grams
Warm Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis)
Channels:
LI, LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Spicy, Warm, Aromatic
Latin:
Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis
Chinese:
厚朴
Tone Marks:
hòu pò
Zhi Shi (Immature Fruit of the Bitter Orange)
Quantity = 3 pieces (6-9 grams)
Slightly Cold Zhi Shi (Fructus Immaturus Citri Aurantii)
Channels:
LI, SP, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Fructus Immaturus Citri Aurantii
Chinese:
枳实
Tone Marks:
zhĭ shí

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