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Shigao Tang


Gypsum Decoction

  1. 石膏汤
  2. 石膏湯

The Prescription of Shigao Tang


The book Wai Tai Mi Yao



Shi Gao: The principal drug, being pungent and sweet in flavor and very cold in nature, removing heat and restlessness.

Ma Huang and Dou Chi: Removing the pathogenic factors in the exterior through the superficies of the body.

Huang Lian, Huang Qin, Huang Bo and Zhi Zi: Purging fire and removing toxic materials, expelling fire in the tri-Jiao from the interior.

The Effect of Shigao Tang


Removing heat and toxic materials, relieving exterior syndrome through diaphoresis.


Syndrome of intense heat due to febrile disease in the interior complicated by unrelieved exterior syndrome, marked by high fever, no sweat, heavy and strain sensation of the body, dry nose, thirst, restlessness, insomnia, coma, delirium, or skin eruption, and slippery rapid pulse; including such diseases with the above symptoms as hematosepsis, cholecystitis, pelvic inflammation, pancreatitis and appendicitis.


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