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Yin Chen Hao Tang

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Pin Ying Name: Yin Chen Hao Tang

English Name: Capillaris Decoction

Chinese Name: 茵陳蒿湯

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Actions
Hb. Artemisiae Scopariae Yin Chen Hao

Clears Damp-Heat from Liver and Gallbladder and treats all types of jaundice, especially Damp-Heat jaundice.

With Zhi Zi strongly relieves Damp-Heat jaundice. With Yin Chen Hao and Zhi Zi, for Damp-Heat jaundice with abdominal distention, fever, constipation, and urinary dysfunction and gallstones

Fr. Gardeniae Zhi Zi

Clears Heat from the three Jiaos through the urine, drains Damp-Heat and activates the Blood.

With Da Huang and Yin Chen Hao, for jaundice due to Damp-Heat in the Liver and Gallbladder.

Rx. et Rz. Rhei Da Huang

Purges Heat, benefits the Gallbladder, activates blood flow through the Liver, strengthens other herbs actions and assists Yin Chen Hao.

With Yin Chen Hao, for early-Stage Damp-Heat jaundice when Heat is stronger than Dampness.

Rx. Gentianae Qin Jiao

Substitutes for Da Huang when there is no constipation.

Sm. Benincasae Dong Gua Ren

Substitutes for Da Huang when there is no constipation.

Formula Actions
  • Clears Heat
  • Resolves Dampness
  • Reduces jaundice
  • Damp-Heat in the Liver and Gallbladder (Yang Jaundice)
Clinical Manifestations
  • Whole body jaundice (tangerine color)
  • Slight abdominal distention
  • Urinary difficulty
  • Thirst (only wants to sip)
  • Perspiration on the head
  • Scanty, dark urination
  • Upper abdominal distention
  • Maybe grayish pale stools
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Yellow sclera
  • Edema
  • Chest discomfort
  • Constipation
  • Maybe mania
  • T: Pink
  • C: Yellow and greasy
  • P: Slippery and rapid or Deep and Shi or Rolling and rapid
  • Acute infectious hepatitis
  • Chronic active hepatitis
  • Hepatic necrosis
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Malaria
  • Typhoid fever
  • Acute leukemia
  • Leptospirosis
  • Urticaria
  • Acne
  • Oliguria
  • Jaundice
  • Biliary atresia
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Wei Syndrome
  • Hernia
  • Herpes simplex
  • Liver cancer
  • Pruritis
  • Eye pain
  • Beriberi
  • Nephritis
  • Stomatitis
  • Gingivitis
  • Ophthalmic disorders
  • Uterine bleeding
  • Indigestion
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis C
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Eczema
  • Hematuria
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Vomiting
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Abdominal fullness and distention
  • Anorexia
  • Edema
  • Herpes zoster
  • Perspiration
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin jaundice.
  • Use Da Huang with extreme caution during pregnancy.

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