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Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

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Pin Ying Name: Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

English Name: Poria, Cinnamon, Atractylodis & Licorice Decoction

Chinese Name: 苓桂朮甘湯

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Actions
Poria Fu Ling

Strengthens the Spleen, drains Dampness, harmonizes the Middle Jiao and transforms Phlegm.

With Gui Zhi, warms and transforms Fluids, unblocks Yang and promotes urination. With Bai Zhu, strengthens the Spleen and resolves Dampness. With Gui Zhi and Bai Zhu, for Dampness Obstruction causing Lin syndrome, edema, heaviness of the body, and irritability. With Zhi Gan Cao, for Spleen and Heart Deficiency causing facial edema, palpitations, and shortness of breath.

Ram. Cinnamomi Gui Zhi

Warms the Yang, disperses Cold and helps to resolve congested fluids and descend rebellious Qi.

With Zhi Gan Cao, for palpitations and shortness of breath due to injured Yang of the chest. With Fu Ling, unblocks the Yang and facilitates the removal of congested fluids associated with Yang Deficiency edema. With Fu Ling, Bi Zhu and Zhi Gan Cao, for Phlegm accumulation with dizziness, fullness in the chest and hypochondrium, vertigo and palpitations.

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae Bai Zhu

Strengthens the transformative and transportive functions of the Spleen and dries Damp.

With Fu Ling and Gui Zhi, for Spleen Deficiency with chest distention and edema. With Fu Ling and Zhi Gan Cao, for Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae Preparata Zhi Gan Cao

Augments Middle Jiao Qi,resolves Phlegm and strengthens the Spleen and moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.

Formula Actions
  • Warms and transforms Phlegm and congested Fluids
  • Strengthens the Spleen
  • Resolves Dampness
  • Improves metabolic function
  • Heart Yang Not Vigorous: Water Qi Insults the Heart with Lung and Spleen Qi Deficiency
  • Congested Fluids in the epigastrium
  • Phlegm Stagnation due to Spleen Yang Deficiency
  • Tan Yin
  • Injury from Cold due to improper use of purgatives or emetics
Clinical Manifestations
  • Fullness in the chest and hypochondrium
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up clear, watery sputum
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo (when standing)
  • Dyspnea
  • Anxiety
  • Tinnitus
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Difficult urination
  • Mild edema
  • Cold feet
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Weak abdomen
  • T: Pale and swollen
  • C: White and slippery or greasy
  • P: Slippery and wiry or soggy or Soft or Deep and tight
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Neurosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic nephritis
  • Chronic gastritis
  • Chronic gastroenteritis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Pulmonary emphysema
  • COPD
  • Cardiac edema
  • Nephritic edema
  • Hyperpnea
  • Dysuria
  • Neurasthenia
  • Instability of the autonomic nervous system
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Cor pulmonale
  • Myocarditis
  • Gastroptosis
  • Functional Stomach disorders
  • Pleurisy
  • Central serous retinopathy
  • Renal calculus
  • Pediatric inguinal hernia
  • Pediatric rhinitis
  • Motor dysfunction
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Polyhydramnios
  • Keshan disease
  • Migraine
  • Muscle Bi
  • Obesity
  • Palpitations
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Morning sickness
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis
  • Epstein-Barr virus syndrome
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • Anorexia
  • Fatigue
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Dyspnea
  • Motion sickness
  • Valvular disease
  • Cardiac asthma
  • Basedow's disease
  • Viral conjunctivitis
  • Chronic optic nerve disorders
  • Optic nerve atrophy
  • Nebulae
  • Anasarca
  • Renal atrophy
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Sinusitis
  • Anemia
  • Rhinitis
  • Flushing up due to water poisoning
  • Basilar insufficiency
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Pertussis
  • Cataracts
  • Nephritis
  • Ascites
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Hydrocele
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Hysteria
  • Vegetative nerve disturbance
  • Skin Bi
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Acid reflux
  • Cough
  • Vertigo
  • Hay fever
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Cholecystitis
  • Tinnitus
  • Weakness
  • Edema
  • Congestive Heart failure
  • Indigestion
  • Excessive amniotic fluid
  • Contraindicated for those with congested Fluids due to Damp-Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency or Body Fluid Insufficiency patterns.
  • Contraindicated for those with Liver Yang Rising patterns.

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