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Wenpi Tang

Name

Decoction for Warming the Spleen

  1. 溫脾湯
  2. 温脾汤

The Prescription of Wenpi Tang

Source

The book Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang

Ingredients

  • Da Huang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei) 1 g,
  • Fu Zi (Radix Aconiti Lateralis Preparata) 9 g,
  • Gan Jiang (Rhizoma Zingiberis) 6 g,
  • Ren Shen (Radix Ginseng) 9 g,
  • Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) 3 g.

Explanation

Ren Shen: One of the two principal drugs, being sweet and slightly bitter in flavor and neutral in nature, invigorating the spleen, replenishing Qi.

Gan Jiang: The other principal drug, being pungent in flavor and warm in nature, warming up the spleen to dispel cold.

Fu Zi: Assisting Gan Jiang in warming up Yang-Qi, dispelling pathogenic cold.

Da Huang: Eliminating accumulation due to pathogenic factors.

Gan Cao: Invigorating Qi, regulating the stomach, tempering the actions of all the other ingredients.

The Effect of Wenpi Tang

Effect

Warming up the spleen-Yang, purging cold accumulation.

Indications

Syndrome due to insufficiency of the spleen-Yang and stagnation of pathogenic cold, marked by constipation resulting from accumulation of cold pathogens, or protracted dysentery with purulent and bloody stools, abdominal pain, cool extremities, whitish slippery tongue coating and deep wiry pulse; including such diseases with the above symptoms as chronic dysentery, ulcerative colitis, ascariasis and ascites due to cirrhosis.

Administrations

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