Zhu Ling Tang (Polyporus Decoction)

Zhu Ling Tang (Polyporus Decoction)

Formula 3 of 23 in Formulas that Expel Dampness

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Promote Urination and Leach out Dampness

Pattern:

  • Water Accumulation with interior heat

Actions:

  • Promotes urination, drains dampness, and clears heat
  • Nourishes Yin and Fluids.

Indications:

  • Urinary difficulty with fever, thirst, and a desire to drink fluids, irritability, and insomnia
  • Other possible symptoms may include nausea, diarrhea, cough, painful and bloody urination with pain and abdominal fullness.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red with a dry yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Thin and rapid pulse

Western Uses:

  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Nephritis
  • Dysuria
  • Hemorrhagic Shock

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Do not use in cases with thirst from excess heat in the Yang Ming stage

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Add E Jiao to the final strained decoction. Modern formulations usually increase the dosage 2-3 times the amounts listed.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Spleen, Bladder, Kidneys, Lungs, Heart, Stomach, Liver

There are 5 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Zhu Ling (Polyporus Sclerotium)
Quantity = 3 grams
Cool Zhu Ling (Sclerotium Polypori Umbellati)
Channels:
SP, KI, BL
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Cool (or Neutral)
Latin:
Sclerotium Polypori Umbellati
Chinese:
猪苓
Tone Marks:
zhū líng
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen)
Quantity = 3 grams
Neutral Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Channels:
HT, SP, LU
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin:
Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Chinese:
茯苓
Tone Marks:
fú líng
Alt Names:
Yun Ling, Bai Fu Ling, Fang Ling Kuai
Ze Xie (Water Plantain Rhizome, Alisma)
Quantity = 3 grams
Cold Ze Xie (Rhizoma Alismatis)
Channels:
KI, BL
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin:
Rhizoma Alismatis
Chinese:
泽泻
Tone Marks:
zé xiè
Alt Names:
Fu Ze Xie
Translation:
Marsh Drain
Hua Shi (Talcum)
Quantity = 3 grams
Cold Hua Shi (Talcum)
Channels:
ST, BL
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Cold
Latin:
Talcum
Chinese:
滑石
Tone Marks:
huá shí
Translation:
Slippery Rock
E Jiao (Ass Hide Glue, Donkey Hide Gelatin)
Quantity = 3 grams
Neutral E Jiao (Gelatinum Corii Asini)
Channels:
KID, LIV, LU
Properties:
Sweet, Neutral
Latin:
Gelatinum Corii Asini
Chinese:
阿胶
Tone Marks:
ē jiāo

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