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Huang Lian Tang

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Pin Ying Name: Huang Lian Tang

English Name: Coptis Decoction

Chinese Name: 黃連湯

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Actions
Rz. Coptidis Huang Lian

Clears Heat, drains Dampness, drains Fire and resolves Fire toxicity.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae Zhi Gan Cao

Tonifies the Spleen, augments Qi and moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.

Rz. Zingiberis Gan Jiang

Warms the Middle, expels Cold and dispels Wind-Dampness seeping into the Lower Jiao.

With Zhi Ban Xia, for vomiting of saliva or dry heaves due to Cold-induced congested fluids. With Zhi Gan Cao, for epigastric pain and vomiting due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiency Cold. With Zhi Ban Xia and REn Shen, for vomiting due toe Deficiency Cold.

Ram. Cinnamomi Gui Zhi

Releases the Exterior, assists Yang, adjusts the Ying and Wei, releases the muscle layer, unblocks Yang, transforms Qi and thin mucus, warms and facilitates the flow of Qi through the channels and collaterals and Blood through the vessels, warms the Middle and directs Turbid Yin downward.

Rx. Ginseng Ren Shen

Tonifies Spleen and Stomach Qi and tonifies Qi in Deficiency patients with Exterior conditions.

Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum Zhi Ban Xia

Dries Dampness, transforms Phlegm, descends Rebellious Qi and stops vomiting.

With Huang Lian, for epigastric distention and indigestion due to a simultaneous invasion of Hot and Cold pathogenic influences into the Stomach.

Fr. jujube Da Zao

Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach, augments Qi and moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs

Formula Actions
  • Regulates Cold and Heat
  • Harmonizes the Stomach
  • Descends Rebellious Qi
  • Heat above and Cold below caused by Transmission of External Cold to the Middle Jiao
  • Heat in the chest and Cold in the Stomach
Clinical Manifestations
  • Stifling sensation and irritability in the chest
  • Nausea with an urge to vomit
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever with slight chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Vexation
  • Borborygmus
  • Thirst
  • T: Pink
  • C: White and greasy
  • P: Wiry
  • Acute gastritis
  • Hyperacidity of the Stomach
  • Gastric and duodenal ulcers
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Epigastric pain
  • Hangover
  • Hiccup
  • Cholera
  • Abdominal pain
  • Indigestion
  • Atrophic gastritis
  • Allergic colitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Acid reflux
  • Stomatitis
  • Dysentery
  • Acute enteritis
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • This formula is not effective for nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain due to Qi or Food Stagnation.
  • Contraindicated for those with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain due to Yin Deficiency.

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