The Prescription of 大陷胸湯
The book Shang Han Lun
Gan Sui: One of the principal drugs, being bitter in flavor and cold in nature, purging water retention, clearing away heat, resolving masses.
The Effect of 大陷胸湯
Purging heat, removing water retention, resolving masses.
Syndrome due to water and pathogenic heat retained in the chest and abdomen, marked by 5/6-day-absence of laxation, hard and full sensation and tenderness in the whole abdomen, mild hectic fever in the afternoon, or shortness of breath, severe vexation, dry tongue with thirst, and deep tense forceful pulse; including such diseases with the above symptoms as exudative pleurisy, intestinal obstruction, peritonitis, etc.
This prescription should not be prescribed for treating patients with weak constitution or those who have just recovered from disease and are intolerant of purgation. It should not be further administered once its effectiveness has been achieved.