The Prescription of 獨活寄生湯
The book Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang
- Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis) 9 g,
- Ji Sheng (Herba Taxilli) 18 g,
- Du Zhong (Cortex Eucommiae) 9 g,
- Niu Xi (Radix Achyrantis Bidentatae) 9 g,
- Xi Xin (Herba Asari) 3 g,
- Qin Jiao (Radix Gentianae Macrophyllae) 9 g,
- Fu Ling (Poria) 12 g,
- Rou Gui Xin (Cortex Cinnamomi) 1.5 g,
- Fang Feng (Radix Saposhinkoviae) 9 g,
- Chuan Xiong (Rhizoma Chuanxiong) 6 g,
- Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng) 10 g,
- Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) 6 g,
- Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) 12 g,
- Shao Yao (Radix Paeoniae Alba) 9 g,
- Gan Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae) 15 g.
Du Huo: The principal drug, being pungent and bitter in flavor and slightly warm in nature, playing an active part in removing cold-dampness in the lower-Jiao and the joints.
Xi Xin: Dispelling cold to relieve pain.
Fang Feng: Dispelling wind to remove dampness.
Qin Jiao: Expelling wind-dampness to relax the tendons.
Gui Xin: Warming and clearing the blood vessels.
Gan Cao: Tempering the actions of all the other ingredients.
The Effect of 獨活寄生湯
Expelling wind-dampness, relieving, arresting pain due to arthralgia-syndrome, reinforcing the liver and kidney, tonifying Qi and blood.
Syndromes such as arthralgia due to persistent wind-cold-dampness, insufficiency or the liver and kidney, and deficiency of both Qi and blood, all marked by pain of the loins and knees, limited movement or numbness of the joints, aversion to cold, preference for warmth, palpitation, shortness of breath, pale tongue with whitish coating, and thready feeble pulse; including such diseases with the above symptoms as chronic arthritis, rheumatic sciatica, etc.
Decocted in water for oral dose to be taken 3 times.