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Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

Name

Decoction of Poria, Bighead, Atractylodes Cinnamom and Licorice

  1. 苓桂術甘湯
  2. 苓桂术甘汤

The Prescription of Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

Source

The book Jin Gui Yao Lue

Ingredients

  • Fu Ling (Poria) 12 g,
  • Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi) 9 g,
  • Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) 6 g,
  • Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) 6 g.

Explanation

Fu Ling: The principal drug, being sweet and tasteless in flavor and neutral in nature, strengthening the spleen, removing dampness, dissolving phlegm.

Gui Zhi: Warming up Yang to induce diuresis, descending the adverse flow of Qi.

Bai Zhu: Strengthening the spleen and removing dampness.

Gan Cao: Invigorating Qi to regulate the stomach.

The Effect of Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

Effect

Warming and dissolving phlegm, strengthening the spleen, inducing diuresis.

Indications

Syndrome of retention of phlegm due to insufficiency of Yang of the middle-Jiao, marked by fullness in the chest and hypochondrium, vertigo, palpitation, or shortness of breath, cough, whitish slippery tongue coating, and taut slippery pulse; including such diseases with the above symptoms as chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma and chronic nephritis.

Administrations

Decocted in water for oral dose to be taken 3 times.