The Prescription of Suhexiang Wan
The book Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang
- Bai Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae) 60 g,
- Mu Xiang (Radix Aucklandiae) 60 g,
- Xi Jiao (Cornu Rhinocerotis) 60 g,
- Xiang Fu (Rhizoma Cyperi) 60 g,
- Zhu Sha (Cinnabaris) 60 g,
- He Zi (Fructus Chebulae) 60 g,
- Tan Xiang (Lignum Santali Albi) 60 g,
- An Xi Xiang (Benzoium) 60 g,
- Chen Xiang (Lignum Aquilariae Resinatum) 60 g,
- She Xiang (Moschus) 60 g,
- Ding Xiang (Flos Caryophylli) 60 g,
- Bi Bo (Fructus Piperis Longi) 60 g,
- Long Nao (Resina Dryobalanops Aromaticae) 3D g,
- Su He Xiang You (Styrax OLeum) 30 g,
- Ru Xiang (Resina Olibani) 30 g.
Su He Xiang, She Xiang, Bing Pian and An Xi Xiang: The principal drugs, being aromatic in nature, restoring consciousness.
Mu Xiang, Tan Xiang, Chen Xiang, Ru Xiang, Ding Xiang and Xiang Fu: Promoting the circulation of Qi to remove stasis, expelling cold and turbid pathogens, eliminating the stagnation of Qi and blood in the Zang-Fu organs.
Bi Bo: Expelling cold and stasis.
Xi Jiao: Detoxidating.
Zhu Sha: Calming the mind through its heavy nature.
Bai Zhu: Invigorating Qi and strengthening the spleen, drying dampness and getting rid of turbid pathogen.
He Zi: Astringing Qi, tempering the actions of the drugs pungent and aromatic in nature.
The Effect of Suhexiang Wan
Restoring consciousness by means of the aromatic nature, promoting the circulation of Qi to relieve pain.
Syndromes of apoplexy, affection of pestilent factors or epidemic pestilential pathogens, marked by sudden loss of consciousness, lock-jaw, whitish tongue coating, and slow pulse, or Qi controlled only in the interior due to pathogenic cold, sudden pain in the heart and abdomen, and syncope in severe case, or sudden loss or consciousness resulting from Qi stagnated due to excess phlegm; including such disorders with the above symptoms as hysteria, angina pectoris due to heart disease, food poisoning and epilepsy.
All the ingredients are ground into powder with Zhu Sha, An Xi Xiang, Ru Xiang ground separately. Before grinding, Xiang Fu is parched with its hair removed, He Zi is baked with its peel eliminated. After grinding, the powder of Zhu Sha is refined with water, the powder of An Xi Xiang is made into paste with one litre of limeless wine, and, then, Su He Xiang You is put into the paste of An Xi Xiang. Finally, the fine powders are made into pills with the mixture of the paste of An Xi Xiang and honey, each pill weighing 3 g. 1 pill is taken with warm boiled water each time, 1-2 times daily. The dosage for children is properly reduced.
This prescription is contraindicated for pregnant women, for quite a number of drugs in it are aromatics which tend to impair the original Qi of fetus.