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Bai Tou Weng Tang #2073

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Pin Ying Name: Bai Tou Weng Tang

English Name: Pulsatilla Decoction

Chinese Name: 白頭翁湯

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Dosage Actions
Rx. Pulsatillae Bai Tou Weng 3-30g

Principle herb for treating dysenteric disorders, relieves Fire toxin, especially at the Blood level, clears Damp-Heat and stops diarrhea.

With Huang Lian and Qin Pi, for Damp-Heat or epidemic dysenteric disorders.

Rz. Coptidis huang Lian 3-10g

Clears Damp-Heat, especially from the Stomach and Intestines.

Cx. Phellodendri Huang Bai 3-12g

Clears Damp-Heat from the Lower Jiao.

With Huang Lian, assists Bai Tou Weng in clearing Damp-Heat and relieving dysentery.

Cx. Fraxini Qin Pi 3-15g

Astringes diarrhea, drains Damp-Heat and enhances the actions of the other herbs.

With Bai Tou Weng and Huang Bai, for hot dysenteric disorders. With Bai Tou Weng and Huang Lian, for diarrhea or dysentery with tenesmus due to Damp-Heat.

Formula Actions
  • Relieves toxicity
  • Clears Heat
  • Cools the Blood
  • Alleviates dysenteric disorders
  • Damp-Heat in Colon (Damp-Heat Dysentery)
  • Hot dysenteric disorder due to Heat and toxin searing the Stomach and Intestines
  • Jue Yin Stage dysenteric disorder due to Heat
Clinical Manifestations
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tenesmus
  • A burning sensation around the anus
  • Leukorrhea with a reddish discharge
  • Diarrhea containing more blood than pus
  • Thirst with a desire to drink
  • Maybe short, dark urination
  • T: Red
  • C: Yellow
  • P: Wiry and rapid
  • Acute or chronic enteritis
  • Acute bacillary dysentery
  • Acute eye disorders due to Damp-Heat
  • Amoebic dysentery
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea as a complication of AIDS/HIV
  • Anorexia
  • Diverticulitis
  • Leukorrhea
  • Acute urinary tract infections
  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Postpartum enteritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Oliguria
  • Diarrhea
  • Crohn's disease
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Do not use long term.
  • Contraindicated for those with Spleen and Stomach Yang Deficiency.