Huang Lian Jie Du Tang

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Huang Lian Jie Du Tang drains Fire & detoxifies

Huang Lian Jie Du Tang - Wai Tai Bi Yao

Huang Lian (rhizoma coptidis)9g

Huang Qin (radix scutellariae)6g

Huang Bai (cortex phellodendri)6g

Zhi Zi (fructus gardeniae jasminoidis)6-12g

Indications: toxicity is generally distinguished from heat by the presence of pustular lesions (Heat in the muscular layer) and/or general malaise, high fever, irritability, dry mouth and throat (fluid damage), insomnia, dark urine, T-red with yellow coat, P- rapid forceful, may also show bleeding, various toxic swellings (skin), dysentery, jaundice due to damp/heat, disruption of the spirit is also common (due to Fire in all three Jiao).

This should be used with extreme caution in patients that do not have a strong constitution. Long term use is also not recommended as it can injure the Yin (if the Yin is damaged or in danger add Yin tonics that clear Heat such as Zhi Mu, Tian Hua Fen, Mai Men Dong). If there is constipation add Da Huang.


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