Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCM) Formulas




Formulas for abscess (yong yang)


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Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang

Wei Jing Tang

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin

Yang He Tang

Yi Yi Fu Zi Bai Jiang San



Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin – clears Heat, detoxifies, reduces swelling, promotes the discharge of pus, invigorates blood, relieves pain

Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin - Jiao Zhu Fu Ren Liang Fang

Jin Yin Hua (Flos Lonecerae Japonicae)…9g

Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis)…3g

Zhe Bei Mu (Bulbus Fritillariae Thunbergii)…3g

Tian Hua Fen (Radix Trichosanthis Kirilowii)…3g

Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)…6-12g

Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubrae)…3g

Ru Xiang (Gummi Olibanum)…3g

Mo Yao (Myrrha)…3g

Fang Feng (Radix Ledebouriellae Divaricatae)…3g

Bai Zhi (Radix angelicae dahuricae)…3g

Chuan Shan Jia (squama manitis pentadactylae)…3g

Zao Jiao Ci (spina gleditsiae sinensis)…3g

Chen Pi (pericarpium citri reticulatae)…9g

Indications: early stage sores and carbuncles with red swollen hot painful skin lesions, usually accompanied by fever, mild chills, headache, thin tongue coat (white or yellow), rapid forceful pulse.


Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin – clears Heat, detoxifies, cools blood, reduces swelling

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin - Yi Zong Jin Jian

Jin Yin Hua (flos lonicerae japonicae)…9g

Pu Gong Ying (herba taraxaci mongolici cum radice)…3.6g

Zi Hua Di Ding (herba cum radice violae yedoensitis)…3.6g

Ye Ju Hua (flos chrysanthemi indici)…3.6g

Zi Bei Tian Kuei (herba begoniae fimbristipulatae)…3.6g

Indications: all types of boils and carbuncles with localized erythema, swelling, heat and pain with fever chills, red tongue with yellow coat, rapid pulse. Used for deep rooted and hard lesions which resemble nails or chestnuts.


Yang He Tang – warms Yang, tonifies blood, expels Cold, unblocks stagnation

Yang He Tang - Wai Ke Zheng Zhi Quan Sheng Ji

Shu Di Huang (radix rehmanniae glutinosae conquitae)…30g

Lu Jiao Jiao (colla cornu cervi)…9g

Rou Gui (cortex cinnamomi)…3g

Pao Jiang (quick fried rhizoma zingiberis officinalis)…1.5g

Bai Jie Zi (semen sinapis albae)…6g

Ma Huang (herba ephedrae)…1.5g

Gan Cao (radix glycyrrhizae uralinsis)…3g

Indications: localized painful swellings without heads that blend into the surrounding tissue and do not affect the texture or colour of the skin, not hot to the touch, no thirst, pale tongue, deep thin forceless pulse.


Wei Jing Tang – clears Lung Heat, transforms Phlegm, moves Blood Stasis, discharges pus

Wei Jing Tang - Qian Jin Yao Fang

Lu Gen (rhizoma phragnitis communis)…30g

Yi Yi Ren (semen coicis lachryma-jobi)…30g

Dong Gua Ren (semen benincasae hispidae)…24g

Tao Ren (semen persicae)…9g

Indications: cough with foul smelling sputum that may be streaked with blood, slight fever, mild chest pain, dry scaly skin, red tongue with greasy yellow coat, slippery rapid pulse.


Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang – drains Heat, breaks up Blood Stasis, disperses clumping, reduces swelling

Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang - Jin Gui Yao Lue

Da Huang (radix and rhizoma rhei)…12g

Mang Xiao (mirabilitum0…9-12g  [dissolve in strained decoction]

Mu Dan Pi (cortex moutan radicis)…3g

Tao Ren (semen persica)…9-15g

Dong Gua Ren (semen benincasae hispidae)…15-30g

Indications: lower abdominal distension and pain on the right that increases with pressure, very tender, thin yellow greasy tongue coat, slippery rapid pulse, may also be a mass in the lower abdomen, irregular intermittent fever followed by chills and sweating.


Yi Yi Fu Zi Bai Jiang San – expels pus & reduces swelling, intestinal abscess without fever

Yi Yi Fu Zi Bai Jiang San - Jin Gui Yao Lue

Yi Yi Ren (semen coicis lachryma-jobi)…24-30g

Fu Zi (radix lateralis aconite carmichaeli praeparata)…6-9g

Bai Jiang Cao (herba baijiangcao)…15-18g

Indications: fully formed intestinal abscess without fever, scaly skin due to internal constraint leading to stagnation of the Ying Qi which results in dry blood on the surface, taut skin around the abdomen that is soft to the touch, rapid pulse.




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Benskey & Gamble 1993, Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas and Strategies, Seattle Washington, Eastland Press Inc.


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