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The Prescription of 麻黄加术汤


The book Jin Gui Yao Lue


  • Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae) 6 g,
  • Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi) 4 g,
  • Xing Ren (Semen Armeniacae Amarum) 9 g,
  • Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata) 3 g,
  • Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) 12 g.


Ma Huang: The principal drug, being pungent and bitter in flavor and warm in nature, relieving superficies syndrome by means of diaphoresis, facilitating the flow of the lung-Qi to stop asthma.

Gui Zhi: Expelling pathogenic factors from the muscles and skin by means of diaphoresis, warming the channels to expel pathogenic cold, assisting Ma Huang in inducing diaphoresis to relieve exterior syndrome, relieving pain in the limbs.

Xing Ren: Promoting the flow of the lung-Qi, aiding Ma Huang in relieving asthma.

Bai Zhu: Strengthening the spleen and inducing diuresis.

Gan Cao: Invigorating the spleen and stomach, tempering the actions of all the other ingredients.

The Effect of 麻黄加术汤


Relieving exterior syndrome by means of diaphoresis, dispel cold and eliminate dampness.


Rheumatic arthritis, asthma without sweating.


Decocted in water for oral dose to be taken twice.


Cang Zhu can take place of Bai Zhu in this prescription.