Da Chai Hu Tang

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Da Chai Hu Tang - harmonizes & releases Shaoyang, clear Heat & benefit Gallbladder


Da Chai Hu Tang Shang Han Lun

Chai Hu (radix bupleuri)12-15g

Huang Qin (radix scutellariae)9g

Zhi Shi (fructus immaturus citri aurantii)6-9g

Da Huang (radix et rhizome rhei)6g

Bai Shao (radix paeoniae lactiflorae)9g

Ban Xia (rhizome pinelliae ternatae)12-15g

Sheng Jiang (rhizome zingiberis officinalis recens)6-9g

Da Zao (fructus zizyphi jujubae)4 pieces

Indications: Shaoyang and Yangming disorder, or excess in the Gallbladder and Stomach. Alternating fever and chills, fullness of the chest and hypochondria, bitter taste in the mouth, vomiting and P- wiry, all show Shaoyang stage disorder. Firm abdominal masses or distended pain of the abdomen, no bowel movements (constipation) or hot burning diarrhea, T- yellow coat, P- strong, all show Yangming stage disorder. When the Gallbladder attacks the Stomach there may be continuous vomiting.

This formula is based on Xiao Chai Hu Tang for Shaoyang disorders, and Da Cheng Qi Tang for Yangming disorders. Bai Shao is added for the abdominal spasms.

Bio-medically this formula may be indicated in conditions of; acute gastroenteritis, stomach flu, dysentery, cholecysititis, cholelithiasis, acute pancreatitis, hepatitis, pleurisy, peritonitis, migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, hypertension, and malaria with fever predominant.


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