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Ganlu Xiaodu Dan


Sweet Dew Detoxication Pill

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The Prescription of Ganlu Xiaodu Dan


The book Wen Re Jing Wei



Huo Xiang: One of the principal drugs, being pungent in flavor and slightly warm in nature, clearing away heat, promoting diuresis, resolving dampness, activating the circulation of Qi.

Yin Chen: The other principal drug, being bitter in flavor and slightly cold in nature, having the same action as Huo Xiang.

Hua Shi: Clearing away heat, promoting diuresis, relieving summer-heat.

Mu Tong: Clearing away heat and promoting diuresis, inducing damp-heat to be eliminated along with urine.

Huang Qin: Clearing away heat and removing dampness.

Lian Qiao: Clearing away heat and toxic material.

Bei Mu and She Gan: Removing intense heat from the throat and dispersing masses.

Shi Chang Pu, Bai Kou Ren and Bo He: Resolving dampness by their aromatic nature, promoting the flow of Qi and benefiting the spleen.

The Effect of Ganlu Xiaodu Dan


Inducing diuresis, resolving dampness and removing heat and toxic material.


Syndrome of damp-heat pathogen lingering in the Qi system due to epidemic diseases, marked by fever, sleepiness, lassitude, fullness in the chest, distention in the abdomen, soreness of the limbs, swollen throat, yellowish body surface, thirst, scanty deep-colored urine, vomiting, diarrhea, stranguria with turbid urine, pale or thick and greasy or dry and yellowish tongue coating; including such diseases with the above symptoms as typhoid fever, infectious icterochepatitis, cholecystitis, acute gastroenteritis, etc.


All the ingredients are ground into fine powder. 9 g of the powder is taken with boiled water each time, twice daily. Or the powder is made into pills with the paste of Shen Qu (Massa Medicata Fermentata), 9 g of the pills is taken each time. Or the ingredients are decocted in water for oral use. In doing so, their amounts should he properly reduced according to their original proportions.