Xi Gan Ming Mu Tang
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Xi Gan Ming Mu Tang #2127

Pin Ying Name: Xi Gan Ming Mu Tang

English Name: Gardenia & Vitex Decoction

Chinese Name: 洗肝明目湯

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Dosage Actions
Cauda Rx. Angelicae Sinensis Dang Gui Wei 1.5-8g

Tonifies, invigorates and harmonizes Blood, reduces swelling, expels pus, generates flesh and alleviates pain due to Blood Stasis.

With Chuan Xiong, harmonizes, nourishes and invigorates the Blood and disperses Blood Stasis.

Rz. Chuanxiong Chuan Xiong 1.5-6g

Expels Wind, alleviates pain, activates the Blood and promotes the movement of Qi.

With Dang Gui, for Wind-Damp Invasion blocking the Blood vessels causing pain, numbness, and paralysis. With Fang Feng and Jie Geng, for headache due Wind-Cold Invasion.

Rx. Paeoniae Rubra Chi Shao 1.5-8g

Clears Liver Fire, relieves eye pain, Invigorates the Blood. dispels Blood Stasis, clears Heat and cools the Blood.

With Huang Qin and Ju Hua, for redness, pain and swelling of the eyes.

Rx. Rehmanniae Sheng Di Huang 1.5-8g

Clears Heat, cools the Blood, nourishes Yin, generates fluids, increases saliva and treats wasting and thirsting.

With Dang Gui, Chan Tui and Fang Feng, for skin disorders with itching due to Heat in the Blood.

Rz. Coptidis Huang Lian 1-4g

Drains Fire, resolves Fire toxicity, clears Heat and drains Dampness.

With Huang Qin and Zhi Zi, for high fever, irritability, dry mouth and throat, and dark urine due to Fire toxin in the three burners. With Sheng Di Huang, for Insomnia and delirium due to unremitting Heat injuring the Ying level. With Huang Qin, drains pathogenic Heat from the Upper and Middle Jiaos for high fever, redness, swelling and pain of the head and face, dry mouth, parched throat, ulcerations of the mouth and tongue, epistaxis, rashes and irritability in warm-febrile disease.

Rx. Scutellariae Huang Qin 1.5-8g

Clears Heat, dries Dampness, drains Fire, detoxifies and calms ascending Liver Yang.

With Huang Lian and Fang Feng, for Intestinal Wind with hemafecia. With Huang Lian and Zhi Zi, for acute febrile disease. with Zhi Zi, powerfully clears and drains lurking Heat from the Lungs with fever, fullness in the chest, cough with yellow sputum and epistaxis or hematemesis. With Qiang Huo, for Cold-Dampness at the Exterior with Heat in the Interior.

Fr. Gardeniae Zhi Zi 1.5-8g

Clears Heat, reduces Fire, drains Damp-Heat and eliminates irritability.

With Lian Qiao, for Heat remaining in the Heart channel with sores in the mouth or on the tongue, dark, scanty urine or urinary discomfort. With Huang Lian, Huang Qin and Lian Qiao, for boils and carbuncles.

Gypsum Fibrosum Shi Gao 3-15g (Cook first)

Clears Heat in the Qi Stage, drains Fire, relieves irritability, quenches thirst, clears Excess Heat from the Lungs and clears Blazing Stomach Fire.

With Sheng Di Huang, for Excessive Fire with injured fluids.

Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao 1.5-8g

Clears Heat (especially in the Upper Jiao), relieves toxicity, clears Blood Heat and promotes urination.

Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng 1.5-8g

Releases the exterior, expels External Wind, expels Wind-Dampness and alleviates pain.

With Jing Jie, for Wind-Cold, Exterior patterns in any season, pruritic rash, initial-stage boils and expels Wind to stop itching. With Bo He and Lian Qiao, for Wind-Heat. With Jing Jie and Bai Ji Li, for German measles, pruritis, and other skin ailments. With Qiang Huo, for Wind-Dampness. With Jing Jie and Qiang Huo, for Wind-Cold with chills, fever and anhidrosis. With Jing Jie, Bo He, Huang Qin and Lian Qiao, for Wind-Heat. With Jing Jie, Bo He, and Lian Qiao, for Wind-Heat with red eyes and a sore throat. With Jing Jie and Chan Tui, for dermatological disorders with rash, irritability and itching. With Bo He, Lian Qiao, Huang Qin and Huang Lian, for acne due to Wind-Heat Attacking the upper body.

Hb. Schizonepetae Jing Jie 1-8g

Releases the exterior, expels Wind, vents rashes and relieves itching.

With Bo He, releases the exterior to induce sweating, disperses Wind in the head and vents rashes and alleviates itching. With Huang Qin and Ju Hua, for eye inflammation associated with Wind-Heat. With Bo He, Lian Qiao and JIe Geng, for Wind-Heat. With Dang Gui, for itching, and tremors of the hands and feet from Wind due to Blood Deficiency. With Dang Gui and Chuan Xiong, for itching from Wind due to Blood Deficiency (stronger effect).

Hb. Menthae Haplocalycis Bo He 1-6g (add at the end)

Disperses Wind-Heat, cools and clears the head and eyes, benefits the throat, vents rashes and relieves Stagnation of Liver Qi.

With Jing Jie, for Wind-Heat. With Ju Hua, for headache, pain, redness, and swelling of the eyes due to Liver Fire.

Rz. et Rx. Notopterygii Qiang Huo 1-6g

Releases the exterior, disperses Cold and guides Qi to the Tai Yang and DU Channels.

With Chuan Xiong, for headache and generalized body aches and pains associated with the common cold or painful obstruction. With Jie Geng, for skin conditions.

Fr. Viticis Man Jing Zi 1-10g

Dispels Wind-Heat in the Liver channel, clears and benefits head and eyes.

With Bai Ji Li, for headache mainly focused around the eyes and dizziness due to Wind-Heat and Liver Fire Rising with red, sore eyes. With Fang Feng, Ju Hua, Shi Gao and Chuan Xiong for headache due to Wind-Heat. With Bo He, Jing Jie and Ju Hua, for headache, facial swelling and pain due to Wind-Heat. With Fang Feng, Ju Hua and Bai Ji Li, for temporal headache due to Wind-Heat. With Jing Jie, Fang Feng, Bai Ji Li and Gan Cao, for eye disorders due to Wind-Cold .

Flos Chrysanthemi Ju Hua 1-8g

Disperses Wind, clears Heat, calms the Liver, clears the eyes, calms the Liver Yang and extinguishes Wind.

With Bo He, for Wind-Heat patterns with fever, chills, headache, dizziness, sore eyes and sore throat and Liver Qi Stagnation turning to Liver Fire Flaring upward with blurred vision, dizziness, headache and red, swollen eyes (use Bai Ju Hua). With Fang Feng, for Wind-Heat irritating the exterior with slight chills, mild fever, headache and itchy eyes. With Chuan Xiong and Shi Gao, for headache due to Wind-Heat or Liver Yang Rising.

Fr. Tribuli Bai Ji Li 1-8g

Calms the Liver and anchors the Yang, extinguishes Liver Wind, dispels Wind-Heat, brightens the eyes and stops itching.

With Jue Ming Zi, Ju Hua and Gan Cao, for pain, redness, and swelling of the eyes with extensive tearing due to Wind-Heat Invading the Liver Channel. With Jue Ming Zi, Ju Hua, Man Jing Zi and Lian Qiao, for superficial visual obstruction.

Sm. Cassiae Jue Ming Zi 1.5-8g

Expels Wind-Heat, clears the Liver (Heat), calms the Liver, anchors Yang, clears the vision and benefits the eyes.

With Chuan Xiong and Man Jing Zi, for temporal headache due to Wind-Heat. With Ju Hua, for hypertension.

Rx. Platycodi Jie Geng 1-6g

Opens and raises Lung Qi, directing the effects of other herbs to the upper body.

With Gan Cao, for Excess disorders in the Upper Jiao with no disorder in the Lower Jiao. With Gan Cao and Huang Qin, for hoarseness, pain and swelling of the throat due to Wind-Heat.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao 1-6g

Moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.

With Jie Geng, for pain and swelling of the throat.

Formula Actions
  • Dispels Wind
  • Clears Heat
  • Dispels Liver Wind
  • Releases pathogens from the Exterior
  • Reduces swelling and pain
  • Clears the eyes
Syndromes
  • Wind-Heat Affecting the eyes
  • Liver Fire
Clinical Manifestations
  • Redness, pain and swelling of the eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Right hypochondriac pain and tension
  • Headache
  • Abdominal tension
  • T: Red tip
  • C: Thin and yellow
  • P: Rapid and floating or Full and rapid
Treats
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Styes
  • Orbital herpes
  • Iritis
  • Scleritis
  • Sclerotic keratitis
  • Keratitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye infections
  • Cornea pain